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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..