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Thursday’s Sandown Park meeting tells the current greyhound story

Thursday’s Sandown Park meeting tells the current greyhound story

SANDOWN’S big night last Thursday 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 another …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..


Newson claims that greyhound racing’s real problem is financial

Newson claims that greyhound racing’s real problem is financial

THE live baiting saga is alarming enough but the bigger challenge facing the NSW greyhound industry is finding enough revenue to sustain operations, according to interim CEO Paul Newson in an address to the Central Coast faithful at Gosford Showgrounds …Read More..


Go back – wrong way

Go back – wrong way

THE anti-racing crowd are doing themselves more harm than good. Amidst all the noise we hear today about greyhound racing a point to remember is that self-described tree-huggers and Greens generally are very much in the minority. Numbers range between …Read More..


Hours and hours of film…maybe, but GRV aren’t talking

Hours and hours of film…maybe, but GRV aren’t talking

IN A recent column for this website I suggested GRV should surely have access to the literally hundreds of hours of undercover footage of the Tooradin trial track. I suggested stewards and other officials should be able to trawl through …Read More..


Do we have a leader?

Do we have a leader?

THIS one snuck quietly by and I did not notice it at first. In the aftermath of the live baiting episodes GRNSW has just called for proposals for a review of education and training methods. Coincidentally, this followed a March …Read More..


Complex grading system is not helping

Complex grading system is not helping

IF READERS’ comments are any guide few greyhound participants (meaning trainers) are happy with their grading system. It doesn’t matter which one you are talking about, it’s no good. More than that, state authorities and raceclubs must have the same …Read More..


Time to go back to basics

Time to go back to basics

WE ARE indebted to Robert Gottleibsen in The Australian (27 March) for a suggestion that could be worth millions for the racing industry. It comes (again) from the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, who has an international reputation for profitable …Read More..


The top dogs in Queensland just don’t get it

The top dogs in Queensland just don’t get it

ONE sentence tells all. On Tuesday in Brisbane, Michael Byrne, Chairman of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Board, and Darren Condon, CEO of Racing Queensland, conducted a formal meeting with a large number of greyhound people. The aim was to bring …Read More..


Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

NOT long back I was critical of a club (I think it was Sandown) when it put on a race for female trainers. I suggested that was nonsense as the name in the racebook usually had more to do with …Read More..


The task is bigger than live baiting

The task is bigger than live baiting

GIVEN all the hustle and bustle, the tri-state reviews of live baiting will no doubt turn up some important results. However, despite some half promises, that’s probably all they will address. What is equally important is what happens after that. …Read More..


Science is ready to help

Science is ready to help

SCIENCE is on the march again. The use of GPS markers is not new in racing as Tasmanian gallops have been using them for some time to keep track of runners for timing purposes. Similarly, ARL and AFL teams have …Read More..


Too many cooks – and other matters

Too many cooks – and other matters

WIKIPEDIA may not always be completely reliable but on the subject of committees – a system which controls every aspect of Australian racing – it seems to have got it right. “Design by committee is a disparaging term when a …Read More..


Who wasn’t involved: the evidence should be available

Who wasn’t involved: the evidence should be available

ONE of the most amazing examples of the failure of the greyhound hierarchy to deal efficiently and professionally with the vast amount of video evidence collected by the undercover cameras shown on the recent Four Corners exposé has been by …Read More..


The battle between emotions and facts

The battle between emotions and facts

OUTSIDE of the live baiting saga, the biggest greyhound debate in recent years has been the rise and fall of the finish-on-Lure in Australia. Given that it also has ramifications on greyhound welfare it should not be forgotten. Consider the …Read More..


Who’s on first base?

Who’s on first base?

THE age old Abbott and Costello skit seems to be getting another run in the beautiful state. It’s becoming hard to understand how Queensland greyhound racing really functions. Its latest announcement concerning life bans on some trainers sounds fine but …Read More..


Ignorance is no defence

Ignorance is no defence

RECENT reactions from readers bring up vitally important points about the nature of greyhound racing and how we deal with both welfare and business matters. Consequently, it’s worth carrying on about a couple of them. Sometimes it is hard to …Read More..


Stewards on the march?

Stewards on the march?

THERE is movement at the station. For the first time in recent memory Victorian stewards have started querying trainers about improved performance of their dogs. Two or three examples were noted in the last couple of weeks, including on Saturday …Read More..


Angry stories will never work

Angry stories will never work

AS SOMEONE once said, what we have here is a failure to communicate. From all points of the compass, what is emerging is that the truth, the real facts, all of them, are not obvious to many people. Sure, the …Read More..


Pots calling kettles black is risky

Pots calling kettles black is risky

CUSTOMARILY, I do not address personalities in these columns, rather I comment on events and policies. However, some of the stuff going around is beyond a joke. Yes, the industry deserves strong criticism for allowing the live baiting to take …Read More..


 

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