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Irish Greyhound Board Withholding €36,500 Prize Money

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A Tipperary greyhound owner has brought a legal challenge to the withholding of €36,500 in racing prize money, after he was fined for allegedly doping or contaminating three of his dogs with the prohibited substance’s Meloxicam and Hydrochlorothiazide.

Mr Owen Mckenna, New Inn, Cashel, Co Tipperary, has brought High Court judicial review proceedings against the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB).

An IGB Control Committee, last February imposed, five fines totalling €1,000 on Mr McKenna in relation to three of his dogs. The dogs, named as “Farloe Rumble”, “Offshore Bound” and “Farloe Blitz” had run at Shelbourne park on September 5th, 2015.

The committee also decided that the prize money of €36,500 should be forfeited and claimed that the owner engaged in a reckless feeding regime for which he must accept the full magnitude of consequences.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan yesterday granted the owner permission to challenge the IGB Control Committee findings and the case is expected to comes before the court next January.

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