Top greyhound 'given cocaine'

A GREYHOUND trainer linked to Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield is to face an inquiry after one of his dogs tested positive for cocaine after a race.

Stuart Mason, advertised on Owlerton Stadium's website as one of its professional trainers, faces a Greyhound Board of Great Britain inquiry after his dog Droopys Arshavin tested positive for the Class A drug after a race at Wimbledon on August 3.

A spokesman for the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, which governs licensed racing, confirmed Mr Mason is under investigation. His case is expected to be heard next month.

Owlerton Stadium confirmed Mr Mason, from Wakefield, is "attached" and regularly races dogs there. Droopys Arshavin was at the track the week after the positive drug test.

Trainers elsewhere have been found to have useds drugs, including cocaine and amphetamines, in a bid to make dogs run faster.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium, said: "We can confirm that Stuart Mason will be subject to a disciplinary inquiry by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain.

"The standard procedure is that a full GBGB investigation takes place, followed, if appropriate, by disciplinary action. We cannot comment further until the full inquiry has taken place."

Greyhound Action, an international greyhound protection group, has spoken out about drugging.

UK co-ordinator Tony Peters said: "Sadly, the doping of racing greyhounds appears to be widespread and most of it goes undetected.

"For public relations reasons, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain makes a show of trying to catch offenders. From time to time, somebody is charged, but this case is really only the tip of a very large iceberg.

"Our main concern is the harm it causes to the dogs and the risk to their lives."

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