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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..


Stewards need to be a part of the team

Stewards need to be a part of the team

THE functions of racing, probably not unlike some other industries, can be roughly divided up into three broad areas; management, stewardship or the more popular term today of integrity, and clerical or back-office jobs such as finance and IT. They …Read More..


GRNSW CEO Brent Hogan and entire board stand down

GRNSW CEO Brent Hogan and entire board stand down

GREYHOUND Racing NSW CEO Brent Hogan and the entire GRNSW board were told by NSW Racing Minister Troy Grant on Wednesday night to either resign or be sacked. The move comes just days after a live-baiting scandal erupted that has …Read More..


Time for a fresh start: ARG responds to live-baiting crisis

Time for a fresh start: ARG responds to live-baiting crisis

MAKE no mistake, greyhound racing in Australia is teetering on the brink of destruction. The calls for an end to greyhound racing are coming from far and wide in the aftermath of the Four Corners expose originating from Animal Liberation …Read More..


First pick a dog in the right spot

First pick a dog in the right spot

THERE are lots of things to think about in respect to tracks and form. At its most simplistic, what dogs do and what tracks make them do are two different deals. There is a strong tendency to concentrate on the …Read More..


Provincial meetings are getting belted

Provincial meetings are getting belted

THE most interesting thing about Monday night’s cup meeting at Shepparton was that the second- and third-fastest runs of 25.17 and 25.15 were in Maiden and Grade 6/7 races respectively. Once A Drifter and Jodies Knee were the responsible dogs, …Read More..


It’s time. In fact, it’s overdue that bend starts should go

It’s time. In fact, it’s overdue that bend starts should go

LAST Thursday, Trip To Cairns (5), a 26 months old bitch, got out quite nicely in a 595m race at Sandown (R2) but was then sideswiped by another dog as they straightened up. It still had enough pace to lead …Read More..


Let’s see the last of the non-penalty races

Let’s see the last of the non-penalty races

VICTORIA’S recent decision to dump the use of Non-Penalty racing at Melbourne’s secondary meetings each week may be returning dividends. At the very least it shows up the oddball nature of the decade old NP habit. A better class of …Read More..


Lismore or less? Clubs should hold on to tradition

Lismore or less? Clubs should hold on to tradition

What’s in a name? Quite a lot for a commercial organisation. It’s your basic image. It’s what people know you by. It’s what you advertise to attract more business. It’s what goes down in history. So why give it away? …Read More..


Greyhound Racing at sixes and sevens

Greyhound Racing at sixes and sevens

It’s a simple matter but it has far reaching consequences. The background is that it seems racing authorities are divided into two halves. One lot tries to be nice to trainers, the other tries to thump them for breaking the …Read More..


Wenty Again Provides A Mixed Bag

Wenty Again Provides A Mixed Bag

LAST week’s big races displayed an extraordinary range of performances. In the Paws of Thunder heats at Wenty, Dyna Villa showed a clean pair of heels in a smart 29.64 win. It tip-toed to the line but had done more …Read More..


Voters Needed For Two States And NSW Greyhounds

Voters Needed For Two States And NSW Greyhounds

The five-yearly review of the NSW Greyhound Racing Act is under way. This is a normal statutory requirement but has been pre-empted by the recent “independent” parliamentary inquiry into greyhound racing and will be further confused by the upcoming state …Read More..


Is Allen Deed Now The Best?

Is Allen Deed Now The Best?

THERE is no stopping Allen Deed when he gets the right race. Saturday night’s record 29.38 run at The Meadows was power-personified and well inside Heston Bale’s three year old time of 29.45. The dog now owns a package of …Read More..


Your Taxes At Work

Your Taxes At Work

Out of the blue, a new distance has suddenly appeared at Bulli. I can’t find or recall any previous mention of this but the club (which means the GBOTA) now offers a 590m trip to go with 400m, 472m, 515m, …Read More..


Power Corrupts, Etc…And History Repeats Itself

Power Corrupts, Etc…And History Repeats Itself

The stoush between SKY and TVN is unlikely to do much good for greyhounds, save for a few extra dollars here and there from gamblers momentarily diverted from their preferred horse races. It’s a power battle, initially between two broadcasters, …Read More..


Sale Cup Reveals Much

Sale Cup Reveals Much

HOW did Sweet It Is get through to 3rd place in last Friday’s Cup final? The answer to that question tells the story of the layout of the Sale track – or part of the story, anyway. The best part …Read More..


Let Them Have A Bet

Let Them Have A Bet

Let’s give Ballarat stewards a small credit for trying to look into what they regarded as a below-par performance. There should be more of it. But again they got it wrong. It reminds you of the time some months ago …Read More..


Tales Of NSW Greyhound Racing’s Glory Days As Gov Launches Review

Tales Of NSW Greyhound Racing’s Glory Days As Gov Launches Review

BARRY Colless pines for greyhound racing’s good old days. The New South Wales based trainer, who is a welfare officer with the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association, misses the characters of the day. And, at 75, with “42 or …Read More..


Are Racing Rules In The Eye Of The Beholder?

Are Racing Rules In The Eye Of The Beholder?

Sometimes it is hard to fathom racing rules, or at least the way they are interpreted. Steward’s reports tell all. CASE A: Race 9, The Meadows, 20 December “Optimus Bart was vetted following the event. It was reported that the …Read More..


 

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