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Traces Of Cocaine Metabolite Found In Tipperary Greyhounds

Two Tipperary greyhound owners, Mr Dan Clancy, with an address at Kilmore, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, and Mr Derek O’Sullivan, with an address at Castleview, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, have both been fined after traces of a cocaine metabolite were found in the systems of two of their dogs.

Mr Dan Clancy, informed the control committee of the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), that he did not dispute the laboratory analysis, but regretted that he had not exercised the necessary appropriate care in the feeding regime of his dog ‘Goes Wilder’, latter whose urine sample was found to contain the prohibited substance Benzoylecgonine.

Mr Clancy was fined €2,500 and further ordered to forfeit prize money won at a race in Limerick Greyhound Stadium on May 5th last.

Mr Derek O’Sullivan, was fined €2,000, after a urine sample was taken at Cork Greyhound Stadium on June 13th from his dog ‘Billys Question’.  Same also tested positive for Benzoylecgonine.

Mr O’Sullivan was of the opinion that his dog may have come into contact with the banned substance, while being exercised in a field close his home.

The IGB control committee, however, rejected both owners explanations and further directed that samples should be taken from any greyhound under their care, and which was presented for racing at Bord na gCon licensed stadiums, for a period of six months.

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