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Thursday 18 September 2014

Ex-Greyhound Board CEO's dog in positive drug test at Derby

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

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Michael Field, former chief executive of the Greyhound Board
Michael Field, former chief executive of the Greyhound Board

A dog trained by the former CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board tested positive for doping following his win at the coursing Derby.

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The greyhound, Kyle Calvin, was trained by Michael Field and owned by his wife Marie Field.

Ms Field was fined €6,000 and had to forfeit her €35,000 prize money, which now goes to Noreen McManus, wife of JP McManus, whose dog, came second in the Derby race at the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel last February.

On top of the fine and forfeiture of cash the dog has been banned from breeding, coursing and racing for five months.

After the race, Mr Field said he had placed a "nice little" pre-tournament bet on the dog when it was listed at odds of 40-1. He said winning the event was "a dream of dreams".

The couple, who live in Patrickswell, Co Limerick, are well known figures in the coursing world.

He held the position of CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board from 1997 to 2003.

The greyhound was one of six dogs in the derby that tested positive for doping.

CEO of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), DJ Histon, when announcing the decision, said that there had been no appeal by any of the owners after the results came back as positive.

"It is unfortunate that we had positive tests in the first instance but by having such a comprehensive rule in place, it means the organisation can assure all participants that the ethos of fairness prevails," said Mr Histon.

Attempts to contacts the Fields were unsuccessful.

Irish Independent

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