Positive swab opens door for new winner

THERE has been a sensational aftermath to this year's Vince Curry Memorial Maiden Series, run at Ipswich three months ago.

The winner of the final, Far West Leader, returned a positive swab to a prohibited substance called meloxicam. That happened when Far West Leader won his heat.

He went on to run second in a semi-final then took out the $40,000-to-the-winner grand final.

Under the rules of racing, the dog is disqualified from not only the race where he returned the positive test, but the rest of the series.

The second dog in the final, the Vicki Wisner-trained Allez Brigette, now becomes the winner.

For trainer Matthew Reid and his father Dennis, who owns Far West Leader, it's a bitter blow. They are people of long standing respect within the greyhound industry.

Meloxicam is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug which had been prescribed by Matthew's vet.

But like any administered substance, if there are traces in the dog's system when it races, that's breaking the rules of racing.

The disqualification would have happened whether the race was worth $500 or $40,000.


Seven letter 'Leo'

IPSWICH staged four heats of the Young Guns Series when racing resumed last Tuesday after the Show.

The quickest winner was the Lyn Ivanovic-trained Leonard who ran 30.52s.

So who is Leonard named after?

Ivanovic says the dog's kennel name is Leo. She likes racing names which contain seven letters.

Leo is short for Leonardo. But that's eight letters so the name was cut back to Leonard.

Leonard is by Collision out of River Seine. He is a litter brother to Allez Brigette, now the winner of the Vince Curry Maiden.

Frosty Jay Jay won a heat of the Young Guns from box eight in 30.72s.

Trainer Renald Attard says when the box draw for this Tuesday's $10,000-to-the-winner final is declared today, he would love to see Frosty Jay Jay draw box eight again.

"I had given him an easy week going into the heat so he can improve on his time," Attard said.


Berrick's best

CELEBRITY tipster Berrick Barnes has made two selections for today's Ipswich twilight meeting.

He is betting $25 each way on race six, number one Rock the Tempo, and another $25 each way on race nine, number one Mrs Djuric.

Last week he collected $152.50 and the previous week $177.50 for the Greyhound Adoption Program.

Barnes has been in form on the football field too.

Tonight, he lines up for the NSW Waratahs against the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition.


Saturday meet

THERE'S a six-race non-TAB meeting at the Ipswich Showgrounds tomorrow night from 6.30pm.

The club had intended to conduct eight races but there weren't that many nominations. To keep faith with those who nominated, the smaller card will proceed. Look out for the fields in tomorrow's QT.

Further Saturday night non-TAB meetings are set for June 1, 8, 22 and 29.


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