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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..


Too big to fail…don’t bet on it

Too big to fail…don’t bet on it

IN HIS 2014 report to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, the famed ‘Sage of Omaha’ Warren Buffett commented on the rise and fall of conglomerates from the late 1960s onwards and how that rise had been largely facilitated with dubious …Read More..


Working Dog Alliance opens some greyhound eyes

Working Dog Alliance opens some greyhound eyes

UNLIKE other investigations over the past few months, the Working Dog Australia (WDA) report to GRNSW on greyhound welfare delved thoroughly into why things were happening, rather than what happened. All other reports, conducted by lawyers and public servants, served …Read More..


Right people essential for greyhound success

Right people essential for greyhound success

IN my time I have dealt with many experienced public servants, from department heads on down. The great majority of them have been fine people and very good at what they do. But I would never give them a job …Read More..


How universities can help greyhound racing

How universities can help greyhound racing

IT is a bit confusing. GRV, in conjunction with the vet faculty at the University of Melbourne, has just finalised a study of the impact of testosterone in greyhounds. It will allow assessments of natural and artificial quantities, thereby checking …Read More..


Greyhound racing’s vital signs are wonky

Greyhound racing’s vital signs are wonky

THE latest data tells us that February’s live baiting and other hassles are almost certainly having some effect on what the dog population is doing. In particular, there has been a 2% drop in the number of dogs racing in …Read More..


At last – modernising the greyhound racing industry

At last – modernising the greyhound racing industry

AT LONG last, another state has elected to run formal trials of the finish-on-lure. GRV will start off with a meeting at Geelong next month and continue for eight weeks. Unofficial trials have already been held at five Victorian tracks …Read More..


How to judge the worth of greyhound racing administrations

How to judge the worth of greyhound racing administrations

IT IS enough to make a grown man cry. Or even wonder about your own sanity. So far, seven men and one woman have stated that all our problems are due to overbreeding. And that’s not counting politicians. They are …Read More..


Queensland greyhound racing – not so beautiful

Queensland greyhound racing – not so beautiful

ASIDE from Fernando Bale, there is not much on the plus side of the ledger at the moment and even he is not quite perfect. Has Australia become blinkered about anything other than live baiting? Here are some examples. The …Read More..


Greyhound stewards’ erratic decisions a worry

Greyhound stewards’ erratic decisions a worry

NO SOONER had I said nice things about the Victorian stewards’ increased attention to variable form than the following happened. Stewards Report, Race 7, The Meadows, 8 July. (In part). “Chucka Bone raced wide in the home straight and collided …Read More..


Greyhound stewards making a noise

Greyhound stewards making a noise

WELL, not too loudly, but it’s a start. This week stewards in Victoria asked a trainer some serious questions about his dogs’ high frequency racing. That’s dogs – plural – as the same bloke had run one dog eleven times …Read More..


Greyhound industry paying a high price

Greyhound industry paying a high price

THE key question, as always, is how governments attack embarrassing problems. Well, maybe “attack” is too strong a word. This time, “address” might be better and more attuned to what has happened in the greyhound industry. As we forecast earlier, …Read More..


 

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