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Racing integrity should be a non-political subject

Racing integrity should be a non-political subject

THE newly proposed Victorian Racing Integrity Unit involves putting stewardship and related functions for all three codes under the one roof, thus separating them from each code’s administration. It follows a report by Paul Bittar to the Racing Minister. The …Read More..


There’s engagement but no enlightenment in greyhound racing

There’s engagement but no enlightenment in greyhound racing

GREYHOUND Racing Victoria has just conducted a thing called an Engagement Workshop, mainly to do with trialling tracks. We know that because a lengthy media release told us so. It is one of a series on various subjects and some …Read More..


Lies, damn lies and greyhound statistics

Lies, damn lies and greyhound statistics

I MENTIONED the other day that KPMG (and the industry) has had a rough time making sense of greyhound statistics, thereby delaying the finalisation of its breeding report to Greyhounds Australasia. Here is one reason the industry gets into a …Read More..


Racing integrity commissions based on hope alone

Racing integrity commissions based on hope alone

WE may have gone as far as we can in discussing welfare and breeding issues. In any event, I find it annoying to be verballed so regularly, and to note so many extravagant statements made by people who do not …Read More..


NSW Racing Minister adding to his scratchy formguide

NSW Racing Minister adding to his scratchy formguide

RACING Minister Troy Grant, who doubles as Justice and Police Minister, is under strong attack from a normally conservative group, the NSW Bar Association, for introducing a bill related to crime prevention that the Association claims will “restrict a person’s …Read More..


Racing Authority goes where angels fear to tread

Racing Authority goes where angels fear to tread

GREYHOUND Racing NSW is to be congratulated on the energy it is putting into smartening up administration of the industry following some dubious incidents in recent years. However, its latest effort to ensure greater discipline from both participants and “persons” …Read More..


Time to study greyhound stewards

Time to study greyhound stewards

RIGHTLY or wrongly – well, both really – stewards have been in the spotlight throughout 2015 for multiple reasons. One of the big worries about proposals to establish multi-code integrity (ie stewarding) units is that the experience and expertise to …Read More..


Logic missing from the decisions in greyhound racing

Logic missing from the decisions in greyhound racing

HERE’S an amazing thing. Various administrations have been keen to announce plans to better cater for young dogs that can’t get a run and which might be discarded. But it’s all smoke and mirrors. In part, it promotes a myth. …Read More..


Lack of transparency is a national disease

Lack of transparency is a national disease

ONE of the tricky things about running greyhound racing is that you are never sure why authorities take certain actions. They might announce objectives (which mean fairly little and are soon forgotten) or they might announce decisions but they never …Read More..


Careful work required to improve greyhound racing

Careful work required to improve greyhound racing

“REPORTS of my death have been greatly exaggerated” – Mark Twain. (Actually a small misquotation, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, which claims that the New York Journal of 2 June 1897 wrote “The report of my death was …Read More..


Greyhound racing needs a GPS fitted

Greyhound racing needs a GPS fitted

ONE of the strangest ideas appearing from officialdom over the last year – and there have been quite a few of that ilk – is that the system should encourage dogs to race more often. Amongst those is a brief …Read More..


Should insiders run the greyhound racing industry?

Should insiders run the greyhound racing industry?

A READER (Kondoparinga, which is the name of an up-market country homestay spot in SA)) made some useful points about the need for industry to better organise itself and react more positively when bad things occur. However, rather than spurring …Read More..


Fairy stories no answer to greyhound woes

Fairy stories no answer to greyhound woes

A YEAR has gone by since nasty things happened in three states, or maybe four. So, what’s the upshot of it all? Governments have pulled millions of dollars out of the emergency funds, mostly to pay people who knew little …Read More..


How to sell greyhound racing – equality of the sexes

How to sell greyhound racing – equality of the sexes

TENNIS is over for the moment with various views on the respective merits of the women’s and men’s finals. Personally, for once I found the girl’s contest a more attractive one, not least because it was up against a more …Read More..


New staying star possible – but watch this space

New staying star possible – but watch this space

A GLIMMER of light in the staying stakes! Porrentruy’s near all the way victory in 42.06 on Saturday at Wentworth Park represented the first decent time run in Sydney and Melbourne (sorry, but the others don’t rate) for many a …Read More..


NSW ends up as greyhound racing’s big hope for 2016

NSW ends up as greyhound racing’s big hope for 2016

AS the year draws to a close and we farewell crowd pleasers like Fernando Bale and Sweet It Is, the nation is left to ponder where the industry will go now. The status quo and forward are the only available …Read More..


Racing authority splits usually need repair later on

Racing authority splits usually need repair later on

ONE of the last big debates in the ongoing string of greyhound inquiries is going to be about the value of separating integrity or steward’s functions from what is called the commercial sector of racing authorities. Both Victoria and Queensland …Read More..


Powers of commissions always need careful scrutiny

Powers of commissions always need careful scrutiny

THE current spate of arguments calling for the NSW Premier to sack or stand down the chief of ICAC for improper or even illegal behaviour serve to highlight any excesses in the conduct of the Special Commission into greyhound racing. …Read More..


Special Commission’s aims are still unclear

Special Commission’s aims are still unclear

THE thing with the Special Commission is that you can’t be sure what it is trying to do. Every so often, the big chief – Judge Michael McHugh QC – injects a question of his own into the interrogations, thereby …Read More..


Racing minister mis-uses economic report

Racing minister mis-uses economic report

A BET on a greyhound race should be taxed more heavily than one on a horse race. That is what the NSW Racing Minister has decided in respect to the upcoming benefits from new tax formulas over the period from …Read More..


Is the Government also to blame for live baiting?

Is the Government also to blame for live baiting?

AFTER taking a month off, the NSW Special Commission will re-start public hearings this week, concentrating on the “life of a racing greyhound, injuries and veterinary care”, according to its media release. Just how that might be different to the …Read More..


How to drag greyhound racing into the 21st century

How to drag greyhound racing into the 21st century

THIS report in Fairfax media is instructive. The West Indies, now near the bottom of cricket rankings, have decided to move into the 21st century and update their board structure. “Once the undisputed world champions of the international stage, West …Read More..


Mug gamblers to control racing’s fortunes

Mug gamblers to control racing’s fortunes

THE onward march of betting operators continues unchecked. Tabcorp will continue to get bigger, with more international activity to please its shareholders and a compensating fall in attention to smaller local races – i.e. greyhounds. Tatts/Ubet will get smaller and …Read More..


Greyhound racing has failed, but so have the inquiries

Greyhound racing has failed, but so have the inquiries

AS THE 2015 year nears a close the industry is still smarting from a succession of horrendous events, all of which are self-inflicted in one way or another. They can be put down to some combination of laziness, ignorance, stupidity …Read More..


Facts scarce for both greyhound stayers and breeding

Facts scarce for both greyhound stayers and breeding

FOR stayers, it’s that time of the year, so a quick look at last week would be useful. Nothing much happened in WA as Mandurah’s 647m trip is really middle-distance only. SA had one very slowly run 731m race. Brisbane …Read More..


If you want eggs, first get a hen

If you want eggs, first get a hen

IN RACING, when trouble strikes, it’s become fashionable to call in either lawyers or management consultants, both of which can be very expensive to hire. Yet it is hard to see where anyone gets their money’s worth. When the Productivity …Read More..


Special Commission tries to crash through

Special Commission tries to crash through

ENOUGH is enough. The world has gone mad. At a time when the industry should be celebrating the wonderful achievements of its top racers the Special Commission in NSW, packed full of high priced lawyers, has now blundered down a …Read More..


Racing authorities still stuck in the past

Racing authorities still stuck in the past

IT HAS now been eight months since the live baiting drama occurred yet there are few signs of the industry slowing down. Betting turnover, for one, is holding up. For example, last Saturday’s meeting at The Meadows showed well above …Read More..


Run silent, run deep – the one remaining greyhound inquiry

Run silent, run deep – the one remaining greyhound inquiry

THE website for the McHugh Commission in NSW is remarkable for what it does not say. It contains virtually nothing about submissions, there are no transcripts available, mostly because there have been no public hearings of any consequence. They are …Read More..


Good tracks – finding the secret

Good tracks – finding the secret

WHEN asked to nominate the most important feature in any new track, South Australian trainers have just voted overwhelmingly in favour of “no bend starts”. Yet we keep on doing it. WA is doing it now at the replacement for …Read More..


 

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