Irish greyhound tests positive for cocaine

Clonbrien Hero failed two separate drugs tests

BY Darren Cleary 07:26 Thursday 14 September 2017, 7:26 14 Sep 2017

FILE PHOTO: Greyhound

An Irish greyhound has tested positive for cocaine.

Clonbrien Hero failed two separate drugs tests taken at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium in Cork in July.

The dog showed traces of benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine according to the Irish Examiner.

The Graham Holland trained dog failed one test at the Laurels final, a race it it won in 28 seconds.

“The Irish Greyhound Board, as part of its robust testing regime, publishes any adverse findings as they arise,” the Irish Greyhound Board statement.

“Adverse analytical findings are reported by IGB to the Control Committee pursuant to the Greyhound Industry Regulations with a request for the Control Committee to investigate the matter as provided for in legislation.

“IGB does not comment on individual cases which have been referred to the Control Committee and which may proceed to investigation. Decisions of the Control Committee may also be appealed.

“As part of its commitment to greater transparency in the area of anti-doping and medication control, IGB introduced secondary legislation in 2015 to provide for the publication of all adverse analytical findings in greyhound samples and to ensure the publication of the outcome from all cases before the Control Committee.

“Additionally in 2016, the Board introduced secondary legislation to provide for record keeping in relation to the use of medicines and the treatment of greyhounds, as well as powers to implement the off-track sampling of greyhounds for prohibited substances (whether in training or otherwise).”

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