NSW Trainer Suspended Over Positive Swab

JASON Magri has been issued with an interim suspension pending the completion of an inquiry into a positive returned by Zipping Zeek. 

Adam Dobbin

23 September 2020

PROMINENT NSW trainer Jason Magri has been suspended pending an inquiry into a positive swab returned in an out-of-competition test by Zipping Zeek.

On Sunday July 5, Zipping Zeek returned a positive sample to an unnamed prohibited substance.

The test was conducted the day after the top flight sprinter finished second in a heat of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park.

The Greyhound Recorder understands the race night swab sample returned negative to any prohibited substances.

“The Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) has issued (Jason Magri) an interim suspension on Wednesday following confirmation that an out of competition swab on July 5 was positive to a prohibited substance,” a GWIC statement read.

“Following receipt of a certificate of analysis from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Commission conducted an investigation into the results of an out of competition urine sample taken from the greyhound, ‘Zipping Zeek’ on 5 July 2020.

“Further analysis of the sample was conducted by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory confirming the presence of permanently banned prohibited substances.

“After considering the evidence currently before the Commission and submissions made on Mr Magri’s behalf, the Commission imposed an interim suspension upon his registration pending the finalisation of the inquiry into this matter, pursuant to Rule 92(5)(c) of the Commission’s Greyhound Racing Rules.

“The investigation into the presence of the permanently banned prohibited substances is ongoing. Mr Magri has been advised of his internal review and appeal rights.”