Wallis calls for more drug testing as runner tests positive for Stanozolol
Mark Wallis wants more drug testing to be introduced in greyhound racing after one of his runners tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol.
The Lakenheath handler attended the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) offices in London for the inquiry, which found that the drug had been administered before the dog came into Wallis’ charge.
The GBGB’s disciplinary committee concluded no further action would be taken, with Wallis stressing his anti-drugs stance in the sport.
“I feel the integrity of the sport is of paramount importance and nobody is more anti-drugs than myself,” Wallis wrote in a post on his website.
“Our runners are possibly the most tested in the country with the amount of finals and open racing we attend, as well as a decent strength on the graded card, which I never give a second thought about.
“I would be happy to have any of our runners tested and not just at the track, if more money was available I would welcome random testing at trainers’ kennels.”
A sample from Droopys Ford was taken on October 10 last year at the Towcester Stadium, which was analysed by LGC Sciences as containing a small molecule of the steroidStanozolol.
Droopys Ford came into Wallis’ charge on August 3 of last year, and four days later the handler gave a Point of Registration sample which also proved positive.
“I fully understand the responsibilities of trainers to make every effort to ensure any greyhound entering their kennels are free from prohibited substances,” Wallis said.
“In Droopys Ford’s case, I bought him in good faith and was as surprised as anyone when the positive test came to light. I had a very fair hearing and feel the result of ‘no further action’ was a correct decision.”
On the track, Wallis’ runners just missed out on making two big finals last week.
Tellhimjohn finished third in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby semi-final at Monmore on Thursday, just a 10th of a second behind runner-up Oscar Whisky and two 10ths off of winner Bramble Magic.
While on Friday night, Adageo Djongo also finished in third place when racing in the Coral Golden Sprint semi-finals at Romford.
However, Wallis did get three of his four entries through in the Calne Racing Arc at Swindon on Saturday, as Clondoty Alex produced his best performance to win heat five, and Roswell Iceman and Calco Flyer both qualified by finishing in second place in their respective heats.
Swift Whirlwind is in action this weekend in the Bookmakers Gold Cup semi-final.