Friday 27 April 2018

Jumeirah Lolls to miss English Oaks final over failed drugs test

Irish challenger Jumeirah Lolls was withdrawn from the final of the English Oaks at Belle Vue last night due to a positive test taken during the Classic. (Stock photo)
Irish challenger Jumeirah Lolls was withdrawn from the final of the English Oaks at Belle Vue last night due to a positive test taken during the Classic. (Stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Irish challenger Jumeirah Lolls was withdrawn from the final of the English Oaks at Belle Vue last night due to a positive test taken during the Classic.

The failed test came as a huge shock to trainer Gerry Holian who first heard the news from private sources. A few hours later he still had not been contacted by the racing office or Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) stewards.

What really frustrated the Athenry trainer was that the bitch apparently tested positive for pentobarbital, which is no longer on the banned list of substances.

It was removed from the list earlier this year due to the fact that it was entering the bloodstream via the food chain.

Last week English trainer Julie Luckhurst was up before the GBGB disciplinary committee due to pentobarbital being present in a sample taken from her dog Call Him On. However, the committee accepted that this was a "no fault-finding incident".

Holian said: "I did not do anything out of the way. I always feed my dogs on meat from the factory and I have been racing and coursing dogs all my life and have never had a positive test before. I feel like packing up the whole thing".

However, no further action is likely to be taken against the dog or Holian.

Irish Independent

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