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File on greyhound race passed to Gardaí

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 17:54

Gardaí have become involved in the latest case to rock greyhound racing
Gardaí have become involved in the latest case to rock greyhound racing

A file on events surrounding the running of a greyhound called Mays Hurryonboy at Dundalk Stadium on 15 June 2009 has been passed to local Gardaí by the Independent Control Committee, who considered the events at the request of the Irish Greyhound Board.

The covering letter to An Garda Síochána at Dundalk Garda Station confirms that it was the unanimous decision of the Control Committee to pass the file to the Gardaí on the basis that a criminal offence or offences may have been committed.

The Irish Greyhound Board initially passed their report to the sport’s independent Control Committee in January.

This followed an initial investigation into a number of matters surrounding the running of the greyhound undertaken after the race.

At the December 2009 board meeting of the Irish Greyhound Board, it was decided that the matter needs to be further considered.

Accordingly, the Head of Regulation was authorised by the Irish Greyhound Board to forward all relevant information to the Control Committee.

The greyhound in question was racing for the first time having completed a good sprint trial and a poor middle distance trial at the stadium in previous weeks.

It won the race by a distance of 13 lengths, showing considerable improvement in the form it had shown in the trials.

No steward’s enquiry was held on the night.

During the course of the Irish Greyhound Board investigations, the steward in charge on the night in question tendered his resignation and this was accepted.

‘Our investigations have revealed a number of issues which need to be considered,’ said Irish Greyhound Board Chief Executive Adrian Neilan.

‘Around 20,000 races take place in Irish Greyhound Racing every year. Integrity is a cornerstone of our sport and it is fundamental to the running of the sport that this be maintained at the very highest level.’

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