Media Release - Greyhound Racing

posted Feb 24, 2015, 2:26 PM by Gabriella Fleming   [ updated Feb 24, 2015, 2:27 PM ]
The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) is taking steps to improve trainer education, including taking a page in the next NZGRA magazine, following a spate of positive drug tests in Greyhound Racing which the RIU considers could reflect negligence and a lack of awareness in feeding and treatment processes and regimes. 

In recent weeks four kennels have returned a collective total of ten drug positives for the drugs procaine and morphine. 

The RIU has adopted a strategy of increasing the drug testing of Greyhounds. Over 3,000 greyhounds, 7% of all starters, are now drug tested annually. This is a higher level of testing than in Greyhound Racing in Australia. 

The penalties for drug offences were substantially increased by the NZGRA last August as part of its ongoing integrity strategy developed with the RIU. 

The kennels concerned and the number of positives are: 

 W and T Steele (3) 
 J Black and A Steele (1) 
 S J Payne (3) 
 A Lawrence (3) 

For any further information contact Mike Godber, RIU General Manager, 027 474 4381