Greyhound who tested positive for cocaine nominated for IGB “Dog of Year” award

27 Apr

Maureen O'sullivan clonbrien hero dail question copy

Dublin Central TD, Maureen O’Sullivan, has questioned the Agriculture Minister about a “Greyhound of the Year” nomination for a dog who tested positive for cocaine.

Clonbrien Hero – who tested positive for the Class A drug after winning the €30,000 Irish Independent Laurels race in Cork last July – is in the running for an Irish Greyhound Board “Dog of the Year” award this weekend.

The winner is to be announced on Sunday at Killashee Hotel in Naas during an awards ceremony shamefully sponsored by Galway Crystal.

The nominees for the awards were chosen by a panel of representatives of greyhound racing and hare coursing, which included Irish Coursing Club CEO DJ Histon.

In her question to Minister Creed, Deputy O’Sullivan asked for “his views on the fact that a greyhound that tested positive for cocaine on three occasions has been nominated for the greyhound of the year award [and] his further views on whether doping is a significant problem within the industry”.

Minister Creed – who has approved €32 million in funding for greyhound racing over the past two years – responded: “Bord na gCon [Irish Greyhound Board] has informed me that all nominations for the annual awards are decided on by an independent panel comprising ten industry representatives. The selection for each category is made by secret ballot with the three top voted greyhounds being selected for consideration.”

In relation to the positive tests, Minister Creed added: “Bord na gCon has stated that in accordance with regulations, the subsequent investigation into the three adverse analytical findings is a matter for the Control Committee which is independent of Bord na gCon. This investigation was due for hearing by the Control Committee in December 2017 but is currently on hold due to a High Court injunction. Until the Control Committee has concluded its investigation, the prize money is withheld and no assumptions can be made beyond the status of an adverse analytical finding.”

Clonbrien Hero – trained by Tipperary-based Graham Holland – went on to win the €25,000 “Kerry AgriBusiness Irish St Leger” in November at Limerick track (the headquarters of the Irish Greyhound Board). The Irish Independent reported at the time that “The Graham Holland-trained Clonbrien Hero, who is currently the subject of an official investigation by the IGB Control Committee following positive tests taken during the Irish Laurels at Cork, led from start to finish to take home the €25,000 top prize. There was a mixed reaction to the victory among the racegoers on the night.”

The Irish Independent previously reported that “the recent positive testing of Clonbrien Hero is the eighth occasion a dog trained by Mr Holland has tested positive for banned substances since November 14, 2015.”

Last June, another Graham Holland-trained greyhound, Garryvoe Bobby, was “disqualified from any further participation in the 2017 Star Sports Greyhound Derby following its disqualification under Greyhound Board of Great Britain rule 173(ii) following the positive analysis of a pre-race urine sample taken from this greyhound on 10th June at Towcester racecourse. The greyhound tested positive for a prohibited substance.”

Details about the outcome of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain enquiry were recently published on the Greyhound Star website – “Graham Holland, International Trainer, GARRYVOE BOBBY, Towcester, 10.6.17, Butylhyoscine, 152 (i), 174 (i) (a), 217, £600 Caution”.

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks. Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
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Contact Galway Crystal and urge the company to end its support for the greyhound industry.

Galway Irish Crystal
Merlin Park, Galway
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Ask the Killashee House Hotel to stop hosting the greyhound industry awards

Killashee
Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 45 879277
Email: sales@killasheehotel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KillasheeHouseHotel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/killasheehotel

 

DAIL QUESTION AND ANSWER

For Written Answer on : 25/04/2018
Question Number(s): 183 Question Reference(s): 18184/18
Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine

QUESTION

Maureen O’Sullivan TD: To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine his views on the fact that a greyhound that tested positive for cocaine on three occasions has been nominated for the greyhound of the year award; his further views on whether doping is a significant problem within the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

Minister Michael Creed: Bord na gCon is a commercial State Body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.

Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Bord na gCon has informed me that all nominations for the annual awards are decided on by an independent panel comprising of ten industry representatives. The selection for each category is made by secret ballot with the three top voted greyhounds being selected for consideration.

Bord na gCon has an intensive testing regime in place across race meetings, sales trials and at owners’ kennels. For the first quarter of 2018, there have been two adverse analytical findings from 1,095 samples. From a total of 5,294 samples in 2017, there were 29 adverse findings. Every adverse finding is published on the Bord na gCon website.

In 2017 Bord na gCon invested €400,000 in a new analytical machine that can measure substances in parts per trillion, which allows for detection sometime after they may have been administered. Three individuals have been banned for doping or welfare offences. These individuals are disqualified from owning, training or managing a racing greyhound.

In relation to the matter referred to in the Deputy’s question, Bord na gCon has stated that in accordance with regulations, the subsequent investigation into the three adverse analytical findings is a matter for the Control Committee which is independent of Bord na gCon. This investigation was due for hearing by the Control Committee in December 2017 but is currently on hold due to a High Court injunction. Until the Control Committee has concluded its investigation, the prize money is withheld and no assumptions can be made beyond the status of an adverse analytical finding. In accordance with regulations, any greyhound that returns an adverse finding is immediately disqualified from further racing or trialling until a further sample returns free from prohibited substances.

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