A READER (Kondoparinga, which is the name of an up-market country homestay spot in SA)) made some useful points about the need for industry to better organise itself and react more positively when bad things occur. However, rather than spurring …Read More..
A YEAR has gone by since nasty things happened in three states, or maybe four. So, what’s the upshot of it all? Governments have pulled millions of dollars out of the emergency funds, mostly to pay people who knew little …Read More..
TENNIS is over for the moment with various views on the respective merits of the women’s and men’s finals. Personally, for once I found the girl’s contest a more attractive one, not least because it was up against a more …Read More..
A GLIMMER of light in the staying stakes! Porrentruy’s near all the way victory in 42.06 on Saturday at Wentworth Park represented the first decent time run in Sydney and Melbourne (sorry, but the others don’t rate) for many a …Read More..
AS the year draws to a close and we farewell crowd pleasers like Fernando Bale and Sweet It Is, the nation is left to ponder where the industry will go now. The status quo and forward are the only available …Read More..
ONE of the last big debates in the ongoing string of greyhound inquiries is going to be about the value of separating integrity or steward’s functions from what is called the commercial sector of racing authorities. Both Victoria and Queensland …Read More..
THE current spate of arguments calling for the NSW Premier to sack or stand down the chief of ICAC for improper or even illegal behaviour serve to highlight any excesses in the conduct of the Special Commission into greyhound racing. …Read More..
THE thing with the Special Commission is that you can’t be sure what it is trying to do. Every so often, the big chief – Judge Michael McHugh QC – injects a question of his own into the interrogations, thereby …Read More..
A BET on a greyhound race should be taxed more heavily than one on a horse race. That is what the NSW Racing Minister has decided in respect to the upcoming benefits from new tax formulas over the period from …Read More..
AFTER taking a month off, the NSW Special Commission will re-start public hearings this week, concentrating on the “life of a racing greyhound, injuries and veterinary care”, according to its media release. Just how that might be different to the …Read More..
THIS report in Fairfax media is instructive. The West Indies, now near the bottom of cricket rankings, have decided to move into the 21st century and update their board structure. “Once the undisputed world champions of the international stage, West …Read More..
THE onward march of betting operators continues unchecked. Tabcorp will continue to get bigger, with more international activity to please its shareholders and a compensating fall in attention to smaller local races – i.e. greyhounds. Tatts/Ubet will get smaller and …Read More..
AS THE 2015 year nears a close the industry is still smarting from a succession of horrendous events, all of which are self-inflicted in one way or another. They can be put down to some combination of laziness, ignorance, stupidity …Read More..
FOR stayers, it’s that time of the year, so a quick look at last week would be useful. Nothing much happened in WA as Mandurah’s 647m trip is really middle-distance only. SA had one very slowly run 731m race. Brisbane …Read More..
IN RACING, when trouble strikes, it’s become fashionable to call in either lawyers or management consultants, both of which can be very expensive to hire. Yet it is hard to see where anyone gets their money’s worth. When the Productivity …Read More..
ENOUGH is enough. The world has gone mad. At a time when the industry should be celebrating the wonderful achievements of its top racers the Special Commission in NSW, packed full of high priced lawyers, has now blundered down a …Read More..
IT HAS now been eight months since the live baiting drama occurred yet there are few signs of the industry slowing down. Betting turnover, for one, is holding up. For example, last Saturday’s meeting at The Meadows showed well above …Read More..
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..