THE result of the Irish Derby coursing event is still shrouded in doubt amid claims that the winner tested positive for banned substances.
The prestigious meet - and the €35,000 prize money - was won by a dog owned by Marie Field from Patrickswell. Mrs Field’s husband Michael is the former chief executive of the Irish Greyhound Board.
It subsequently emerged that six dogs had tested positive for banned substances at the meeting.
It was claimed in a national newspaper last week that one of the dogs that tested positive was the winner Kyle Calvin, owned by Mrs Field. The report claimed that the dog tested positive for ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine.
Both are banned stimulants.
The Leader was unable to make contact with Mrs Field this week to put the allegation to her.
Following confirmation of the positive tests, the Irish Coursing Club issued the following statement: “Following analysis of samples taken at the National Coursing Meeting held on February 1, 2, 3 2014, the results of six samples report the presence of prohibited substances as defined by Rule 88 of the Irish Coursing Club Rules.
“The Executive Committee of the Irish Coursing Club will appoint an Independent Hearing Committee to adjudicate on these matters in compliance with Rule 88.
“If the Hearing Committee find a breach of Rule 88, such decision(s) will be published in the Sporting Press newspaper. In the interest of due process, fair procedure and natural justice, no specific details will be reported at this time until a final outcome is reached under the authority of Rule 88.”
To date there has been no further report as a result of the positive doping tests.
DJ Histon, the chief executive of the Coursing Club was this week unavailable for comment as he is on annual leave.
A notice posted the Coursing Club’s website this week said there were no positive doping tests at the Irish Cup event which took place in Patrickswell this month.