THE owner of the winner of the Irish Derby coursing title, Marie Field from Patrickswell, this week refused to comment on speculation that her dog Kyle Calvin had failed a test for banned substances.
Mrs Field’s response follows confirmation that six samples taken from runners at the National Meeting in Clonmel tested positive for banned substances.
When contacted this Wednesday, Mrs Field, wife of Michael Field, the former CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, said: “I have no comment to make on it.”
The confirmation of the positive tests follows a story last week in the Limerick Leader headed “Coursing Club boss rubbishes rumours of positive testing” in which the chief executive of the Irish Coursing Club DJ Histon said: “I can confirm that of the results returned to me all have proved negative ... there have been no positive samples.”
Last week Mr Histon said that he also had heard the widespread gossip that dogs, including some from Limerick, had tested positive and that results could be altered.
He said that some tests had still to be returned to him, but that was normal and there was nothing unusual in the situation.
This Wednesday Mr Histon however, confirmed that he got the results on six positive tests on Tuesday.
He said he could no make any further comment but did send a statement which read: “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.
Coursing supporters will be hoping that the widespread speculation on some “doggy websites” that Kyle Calvin has proved positive in tests is off the mark.
Marie Field’s dog beat her good friend Noreen McManus’s entry With Grim Intent in the final in early February.
It is understood that a total of 20 dogs were tested and the samples sent to England for analysis.