Tribunal Upholds 10-Year DQ For Baiting Offences

THE Racing Appeals Tribunal has dismissed the appeal lodged by Holly Speed for luring and baiting offences dating back to September 2020.

Adam Dobbin

13 December 2021

THE NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal has dismissed the appeal lodged by trainer Holly Speed for luring and baiting offences.

In October, Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) stewards handed Speed two 10-year disqualifications for being in possession of two rabbit carcasses where one was used as a lure to excite or entice a greyhound to pursue it.

The rabbit carcasses were found at a routine GWIC inspection of Speed’s kennels on September 8, 2020 at which time she was placed under interim-suspension by the commission.

GWIC engaged the services of Dr. Lydia Tong from Taronga Wildlife Hospital to examine the two rabbit carcasses who determined there was evidence that one of the two carcasses had been used as a lure.

Speed pleaded not guilty to all charges and after being handed 10-year disqualifications for two charges challenged the ruling with the Appeals Tribunal.

But that action proved futile with Judge Armati dismissing the appeal last Wednesday which will see Speed serve a 10-year disqualification, the minimum under the rules for lure and baiting offences.

After news that the appeal had been dismissed, GWIC CEO Steve Griffin, reaffirmed the commission’s commitment to protecting the reputation of the industry.

“While matters like this are very rare in the industry, GWIC will continue to protect the welfare of greyhounds and the integrity of the sport with a firm but fair regulatory approach,” Griffin said. 

 “This disqualification is amongst the highest periods of disqualification imposed by GWIC, which is a reflection on both the severity of the breach and how seriously we take our role in protecting the welfare and integrity of the industry.

“The independent Racing Appeals Tribunal has upheld GWIC’s decision at a recent hearing, proving that this was an extremely serious matter that was dealt with appropriately.” 

 Griffin said this recent decision is a stern reminder that possessing animals or animal carcasses will be met with significant periods of disqualification. 

“After significant adversity, this industry has pulled together and worked hard to build a professional reputation with some of the highest animal welfare standards in the country,” Griffin said. 

I commend all within the industry who continue to do the right thing. GWIC will continue to work with them to protect the integrity of the sport and ensure anyone who chooses to risk that is penalised appropriately.”