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Stewards Suspend Nicole Davis Following Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards were notified by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) on Tuesday 2 June 2015 that, upon preliminary analysis, the post race urine sample taken from the greyhound Graff Bale at the meeting conducted at The Meadows on 29 April 2015 was found to contain the Permanently Banned Prohibited Substance amphetamine.

The greyhound’s trainer, Ms Nicole Davis, was advised of the preliminary swab result by Stewards at a kennel inspection at her properties yesterday (3 June 2015). The reserve and control samples are yet to be analysed and Ms Davis was advised of her right to have this performed in the presence of an independent approved analyst nominated by her at RASL.

Pursuant to GAR 79(A)(3)(b), the greyhound in question is ineligible to be nominated for any further event until such time as a sample taken from the greyhound does not breach GAR 79(A).

Further, Stewards have today opened an Inquiry into this preliminary swab irregularity and pursuant to GAR 92 (5) (c) suspended the licence of trainer Ms Nicole Davis pending further testing and the outcome of that Inquiry. As a result three greyhounds were withdrawn from yesterday’s meetings and a further eleven were scratched from meetings today.

“It is appalling that another preliminary swab has come back with an irregular result for amphetamine,” GRV Chairman Ray Gunston said.

“The rigorous swabbing and testing procedures GRV undertake have again been able to identify an irregularity which now needs to be the subject of further testing. We test out-of-competition, pre-race and post-race and we also freeze and store samples. Anyone wanting to gain an unfair advantage will be caught.”

As is normal operating procedure with matters of this nature Victoria Police and the RSPCA have been notified of the positive preliminary swab and Stewards are continuing to investigate the matter.

GRV has been advised that greyhounds on the property are being moved by their owner to other trainers at different locations.

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