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