Irish champion greyhound tests positive for cocaine

General view of track

The dog's trainer Graham Holland, who hit the headlines previous year when the greyhound Clares Rocket was abducted from his kennels in Tipperary, told The Times Ireland that the dog could've got the substance from the hands of people patting its head.

A top Irish greyhound has tested positive for cocaine three times.

The champion greyhound is owned in Athlacca by Kay Murphy.

Clonbrien Hero had traces of the substance on three occasions between June 24 and July 22.


The world of greyhound racing was hit by a major shock on Wednesday evening with the news that champion runner Clonbrien Hero ahd tested positive for cocaine. When a dog wins a race, people are walking up to the dog and patting it on the head. Last December, anor of ir dogs, Clares Rocket, was abducted from ir kennels in Golden, Tipperary, but subsequently recovered.

"The Irish Greyhound Board, as part of its robust testing regime, publishes any adverse findings as they arise", the release read.

"IGB has established a Scientific Committee of national and global experts to advise it on matters relating to doping and medication control". The official Control Committee promises a full inquiry into the events, and by "official inquiry", we of course mean the dealer's number in exchange for looking the other way.

"As part of its commitment to greater transparency in the area of anti-doping and medication control, IGB introduced secondary legislation in 2015 to provide for the publication of all adverse analytical findings in greyhound samples and to ensure the publication of the outcome from all cases before the Control Committee".

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