The independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) has disqualified registered trainer Ms Jenny Hunt for 18 months effective Monday 4 May.
The disqualification follows a positive post-race swab for Amphetamine, 4-hydroxyamphetamine and 4-hydroxymethamphetamine (commonly known as ‘ice’) recorded by greyhound ‘Jubilea Bale’ following a heat of the Warragul Cup on Saturday 17 January 2015 and subsequent Stewards investigation into the matter.
Ms Hunt was charged under Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2) (3) in that the trainer failed to present a greyhound free of any prohibited substance for an event.
GRV Chairman, Ray Gunston said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to the use of prohibited substances in greyhound racing, it is plain and simple.”
“Trust in the integrity of our racing product is of paramount importance to GRV and we will continue to work to identify and prosecute those within the industry that don’t play by the rules.
“We acknowledge the 18-month disqualification period handed down by the independent RADB.”
“The independent RADB is currently guided by precedent and in understanding this we can see why the disqualification period was 18 months.”
In acknowledging the 18-month disqualification Mr Gunston stated the GRV Board is always considering and reviewing the Rules where necessary and is currently assessing various avenues to increase penalties for drug offences.
“As a board we are committed to working toward tougher penalties for all drug offences especially for a drug as insidious as ice.”
Mr Gunston also commented on the time it took from the recording of the positive swab to the conclusion of the matter.
“It needs to be understood that Stewards act with all due process and, in some matters, this requires time to properly progress through each aspect of the case.”
“There has been feedback regarding the length of time it has taken for this matter to get to this point and we accept that feedback but we won’t compromise the rigour with which we undertake investigations for the sake of expediency. We want to ensure we get the outcomes we’re after. “
Ms Hunt pleaded not guilty at the hearing into the matter held on Wednesday 29 April 2015. The independent RADB found Ms Hunt guilty as charged and imposed the 18 month disqualification.
Ms Hunt has a right of appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Read the independent RADB media release here