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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..


Australian Greyhound Racing Society to give the industry a voice

Australian Greyhound Racing Society to give the industry a voice

AUSTRALIAN Racing Greyhound is proud to exclusively announce the formation of the Australian Greyhound Racing Society, a new national body which aims to provide a clear and transparent representation of the greyhound racing industry. The Australian Greyhound Racing Society has …Read More..


The strategic plan greyhound racing really needs

The strategic plan greyhound racing really needs

WE HAVE now seen three reports about what went wrong with greyhound racing. At least three more are to follow but two of those are overlapping. In NSW the McHugh Commission of Inquiry had its brief expanded to look into …Read More..


The greyhound inquiry wash-up – so far

The greyhound inquiry wash-up – so far

NATIONAL coverage: Nothing could be more helpful to the industry than the RIC recommendation that a consistent national approach would be better than six or seven individual ones. Yet we have long had the opportunity to do it – particularly …Read More..


Greyhound racing needs honest players as well as good umpires

Greyhound racing needs honest players as well as good umpires

THE saga of live baiting is now morphing into the saga of the reports, most of which have been in the hands of legal types of one sort or another. While that is fine as far as it goes, it …Read More..


Victorian greyhound inquiries offer debatable solutions

Victorian greyhound inquiries offer debatable solutions

OFFICIAL reports on live baiting from two states are showing some similarities. Both Queensland and Victorian investigators have called for a change in the makeup of the controlling boards and the creation of separate organisations to handle integrity matters, including …Read More..


It is time to start building better greyhound tracks

It is time to start building better greyhound tracks

THERE are five reasons why dogs run off on a turn: 1. The dog is a youngster or a little on the clumsy side and has trouble maintaining a consistent course. 2. The dog is built to better handle a …Read More..


Greyhound racing boards gone: What will replace them?

Greyhound racing boards gone: What will replace them?

GOVERNMENTS in the three eastern states – those with the country’s largest greyhound populations – have now completed the Trifecta and sent their original greyhound boards packing. So far, only Victoria has replaced them, although not necessarily with permanent appointments. …Read More..


Time to cut the prize money fat for major greyhound events

Time to cut the prize money fat for major greyhound events

WITH a lot of talk suggesting Sweet It Is could become the first greyhound anywhere in the world to win one million dollars in prize money (a task that will probably only be achieved if she can win at least …Read More..


Premier acts after mixed bag from Queensland greyhound inquiry

Premier acts after mixed bag from Queensland greyhound inquiry

WAS she going to do it anyway? The Premier’s move to sack all Queensland racing boards came immediately after the release of the McSporran report into Queensland live baiting abuses. It takes on even greater importance given the NSW review …Read More..


The greyhound industry should be wary of racing inquiries

The greyhound industry should be wary of racing inquiries

IT IS normal practice for governments to set up inquiries and reviews only when they already know what the outcome will be. People doing such jobs are usually classed as “sound”, to use a term favoured by Sir Humphrey Appleby …Read More..


What greyhound racing could learn from the thoroughbred industry

What greyhound racing could learn from the thoroughbred industry

THE thoroughbred code’s two and a bit days talkfest, the Australian Racing Conference in Brisbane, is now over, although it failed to attract any coverage from major media. Perhaps reports and transcripts will emerge in due course. Let’s hope so …Read More..


Thursday’s Sandown Park meeting tells the current greyhound story

Thursday’s Sandown Park meeting tells the current greyhound story

SANDOWN’S big Thursday night last week produced a Group 1, a Group 3 and a Listed event. It also produced highs and lows. Fernando Bale, first nominated for GOTY here back on April 27, continued his merry way with yet …Read More..


Needed – A fair go for both greyhounds and punters

Needed – A fair go for both greyhounds and punters

WHILE on the question of declining city field standards, it is also worth mentioning the increasing habit of creating country-to-city heats and final events. These almost always involve dogs of lower standard being given a chance to pick up some …Read More..


Greyhound numbers are down – stop laughing, this is serious

Greyhound numbers are down – stop laughing, this is serious

IT ALL brings to mind that world famous cartoon by Stan Cross in 1933 in The Smiths Weekly (long since defunct). It depicts two workers, one with his trousers fallen, hanging by their fingernails from a broken girder on a …Read More..


Is it the greyhound or the track which poses the problem?

Is it the greyhound or the track which poses the problem?

IT’S A bit like mining: until you start digging it up you can’t be sure what you are getting. So it is with tracks that might look the same, be planned and built the same way, but then reveal quirks …Read More..


Greyhound’s State of Origin – the Winfield Challenge

Greyhound’s State of Origin – the Winfield Challenge

WHAT a night it was! Beaumont Park, Newcastle’s one and only greyhound track had shifted from its usual Saturday afternoon slot to an apparently better-earning Thursday night to stage one of its prime annual events, sponsored then by the cigarette …Read More..


Hints for greyhound racing punters

Hints for greyhound racing punters

AT A time when racing authorities should be pulling out all the stops to present a cleaner and brighter image to the public, they continue to blot their copybooks, and the stewards’ books are the most visible. Here is just …Read More..


Greyhound track designs exposed at Warrnambool

Greyhound track designs exposed at Warrnambool

IN A pretty ordinary night for punters, Warrnambool’s big night of the year crashed alarmingly as outsiders won both the big events. The well performed Ronray Spirit picked up the Cup in a modest 25.30. It started at $5.90 but …Read More..


Breeding down but customer shortage still holding back greyhounds

Breeding down but customer shortage still holding back greyhounds

ONE of the more stark comparisons to be made between 2003 and 2013 is that fewer litters are being whelped but more greyhounds are being named, according to Greyhounds Australasia data which has now been updated to the 2013 year …Read More..


Greyhound racing has two current champions, but too many chumps

Greyhound racing has two current champions, but too many chumps

WE ARE not even half way through, but 2015 will go down as a remarkable year for two greyhounds – Space Star with 11 wins from 12 starts and Fernando Bale with 13 from 16. No matter how you talk …Read More..


Scientific research will improve our knowledge on over racing

Scientific research will improve our knowledge on over racing

IT WAS good to see that many people are interested in the debate about over-racing. They included a response from a reader about Gracas King which is worth thinking about. However, he should note that the dog had had two …Read More..


People aren’t getting the message: most greyhounds don’t back-up

People aren’t getting the message: most greyhounds don’t back-up

WHILE we have been on record for over a year now about the constant over-racing of stayers, the problem is not limited to that category. Not long ago Geelong stewards cautioned Jenny Hunt, trainer of Dyna Malaise, about its high …Read More..


Racing Minister to hold NSW’s purse strings?

Racing Minister to hold NSW’s purse strings?

IN AN unusual turn, NSW Racing Minister Troy Grant seems to be adopting a new approach to managing the racing industry. The Minister’s statements reported by Fairfax (April 15) suggest that the government is certain to ease the tax burden …Read More..


 

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