Harness Racing SA Ltd Stewards conducted an inquiry on 23/01/14 into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd in relation to a urine sample provided by driver Dean Girardi at the SAHRC’s meeting held 21/12/13, at which Mr Girardi drove “TUSCAN SUE” in Race 6 the “BETEZY CHRISTMAS CUP” and “LOVESTRUCK” in Race 8 the “AUSTRAL MEATS 3YO PACE”. This sample was found upon analysis to contain the banned substances d-amphetamine and d-methamphetamine.
Evidence was heard from Mr Girardi, RASL Laboratory Director David Batty and HRSA Ltd Swabbing Assistant John O’Grady.
After considering the evidence tendered, Mr Girardi was charged under Rule 252 (1) on the grounds that he carried out a licensed activity at the meeting specified above, with a drug of abuse in his body.
Mr Girardi pleaded not guilty to the charge, however after hearing further evidence, he was found guilty as charged.
After considering submissions as to penalty, Mr Girardi was subsequently disqualified for 2 years effective immediately.
In settling on penalty, the Panel took into consideration:
- Mr Girardi’s not guilty plea;
- The serious nature of the breach;
- Mr Girardi’s record in that this was his third offence under this rule;
- The need to provide a deterrent – both general and specific;
- The need to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the industry.
Mr Girardi has subsequently lodged an Appeal against the decision and been granted a stay of penalty.
Chairman of Stewards
Harness Racing SA