The Irish Greyhound Board has announced that from next week, October 1, the result of any adverse analytical tests of a greyhound for prohibited substances will be published.
In the event of such a result, information relating to the greyhound will also be published and the greyhound immediately banned from racing until a further test is undertaken which yields negative results. The publication of test results will be made on receipt of confirmation of the presence of banned substances, at the same time as notification of the parties involved and ahead of any hearing by the Greyhound Industry’s Control Committee.
The findings of all new cases initiated after October 1 this year and coming before the Control Committee and the Control Appeals Committee which adjudicates on any possible breaches of regulation will be published as will the reasons for their decision.
The changes arise from a period of public consultation within the industry which supported amendments proposed by IGB to change both the Greyhound Industry(Racing) Regulations and the Greyhound Industry (Control Committee and Control Appeal Committee) Regulations.
IGB chairman Phil Meaney said: “These are very significant changes which will allow for much greater transparency in the testing regime and severe sanctions against owners/trainers whose dogs test positive for banned substances. There is a strong testing regime at work in Ireland. This will further strengthen it and will be welcomed by all stakeholders in the industry.”
The chief executive of IGB Geraldine Larkin welcomed the changes in regulation. “The Irish Greyhound Board has been advocating these regulatory amendments for some time. We are in favour of mandatory sanctions and openness about testing in our industry. It is essential to not only require compliance but to also have the regulatory muscle to enforce it and to take action against the small minority who would seek to act otherwise.”
Honey to go distance
There is a high-powered programme at Shelbourne which features four intriguing heats of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600.
Top attraction is the must-watch clash of the brilliant Irish Oaks winner Ballydoyle Honey (9.57) and last week’s Derby Plate winner Laughil Duke over the 600 yards distance.
Neither of these two star trackers has ever raced over further than 550 yards but both look cut out for 600 and a massive clash is anticipated. Such is the sheer class of Ballydoyle Honey that she gets the nod.