One of Ireland’s highest profile greyhounds has reportedly tested positive to cocaine.
Cocaine Greyhound racing shock
Clonbrien Hero has been in red hot form, winning a cool £27,000 prize after victory at the Laurels Final.
But it appears the star dish-licker may have been flying in more ways than one.
According to BBC reports Clonbrien Hero was found to have traces of the banned substance benzoylecgonine (the main compound of cocaine ) in its urine on three separate occasions.
The Irish Greyhound Board has withheld prize money and banned the dog from racing until it has been passed clear.
Trainer maintains innocence
However the dog’s trainer Graham Holland is denying any wrongdoing.
“We feel we are being victimised here for something we haven’t done,” Holland told The Times.
“If you know you are going to be tested when you win a race, you are not going to administer cocaine to a greyhound. I’ve been training greyhounds for over 30 years and now I’m accused of doping them.”
by Micke Lynch – contributor