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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..

Supreme Court rules Awesome Project can start in Aus. Cup heats

Supreme Court rules Awesome Project can start in Aus. Cup heats

After six hours in the Victorian Supreme Court on Friday night, Awesome Project has been given the all clear to start in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Cup heats at The Meadows. It was announced early on Friday that Awesome Project …Read More..

Baiting saga update: Brad Canty takes matters to Supreme Court

Baiting saga update: Brad Canty takes matters to Supreme Court

A NEW welfare levy is being imposed on greyhound prize money and subsidies by Racing Queensland, with it set to raise more than $1.6 million in additional funding as a part of a plan to improve integrity and animal welfare …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..

Queensland greyhound owners remain in the dark

Queensland greyhound owners remain in the dark

WORRIED owners of seized greyhounds are still desperately trying to find out the location and wellbeing of their dogs after Racing Queensland removed more than 100 greyhounds from properties of suspended trainers last Tuesday.

 Speculation continues to suggest the actual …Read More..

Live-baiting scandal: The darkest week in an industry’s history

Live-baiting scandal: The darkest week in an industry’s history

JUST a week has elapsed since the nation was shocked by revelations of live baiting in the greyhound industry broadcast on the ABC’s investigative program Four Corners. The week has seemed more like a month as the hits kept coming …Read More..

Amanda Hill stands by her decision to speak out on Four Corners

Amanda Hill stands by her decision to speak out on Four Corners

FORMER steward Amanda Hill is standing by her words despite backlash following her appearance on last Monday’s controversial Four Corners program focusing on live baiting. 

The ABC, working with the RSPCA, Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland, launched an investigation …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..

Board reform – the chance of a lifetime

Board reform – the chance of a lifetime

THE NSW government is proving to be far more aggressive than Queensland or Victoria in attacking the live-baiting scandal. While the others have enforced lots of suspensions, the NSW Racing Minister (and Deputy Premier) Troy Grant has quickly removed the …Read More..

More suspensions in NSW and Vic; Qld greyhounds impounded

More suspensions in NSW and Vic; Qld greyhounds impounded

LEADING Londonderry trainer Harry Sarkis has been suspended immediately by GRNSW stewards following an inspection of his property and kennels. Sarkis is no stranger to trouble with GRNSW stewards and has been stood down after the inspection revealed vials of …Read More..

Judgement day will come, but not just yet

Judgement day will come, but not just yet

IF LIVE baiting was not a lead story before, it certainly is now – and deservedly so. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote three news pieces on Wednesday, including the editorial, although all were coloured by the paper’s left-leaning inclinations. The …Read More..

Racing Queensland hits seven trainers with show-cause notices

Racing Queensland hits seven trainers with show-cause notices

A DAY on from the screening of the Four Corners investigation into live baiting in greyhound racing, the hits keep coming for the besieged industry. Authorities in the three states affected by the scandal tried to present a united front …Read More..

Spend money on the public, not just the bad guys

Spend money on the public, not just the bad guys

ACROSS the country, greyhound racing authorities have been galvanised into action following the appalling reports of live-animal baiting by a few trainers. Task forces are being set up with high-profile leaders, media statements made, money is being set aside and …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..

ABC live-baiting investigation draws blood

ABC live-baiting investigation draws blood

“This is the vision the greyhound racing doesn’t want you to see.” Powerful opening words backed up by a horrific image of a terrified live rabbit on the lure. In the lead-up its screening on Monday night, ABC’s investigative program …Read More..

Greyhounds Australasia boss promises decisive action

Greyhounds Australasia boss promises decisive action

THE chief executive of Greyhounds Australasia, Scott Parker, has warned there is no place in the sport for those who continue to use live baiting. Parker said there was anger in the greyhound community that a small number of trainers …Read More..

Stewards query Kay; some finish-on-lure trials put on hold

Stewards query Kay; some finish-on-lure trials put on hold

THINGS are continuing to heat up in the greyhound racing industry after last week’s co-ordinated RSPCA and police raids targeting alleged live-baiting in the sport. Champion Queensland trainer Reg Kay is set to face an interview with Racing Queensland today …Read More..

A greyhound trilogy poses serious questions

A greyhound trilogy poses serious questions

THE human race is not a perfect one, no matter what area you look at. In competition, there is always someone willing to go to extremes in order to succeed. Using live prey, or even dead ones, to school your …Read More..

Police, RSPCA raids in NSW, Victoria, Queensland stun industry

Police, RSPCA raids in NSW, Victoria, Queensland stun industry

THE greyhound industry has been stunned by raids by police and RSPCA officials in NSW, Victoria and Queensland in the past few days, targeting training and breaking-in establishments. Allegations have emerged of live-baiting practices, with the raids following revelations by …Read More..

In the stewards’ room: Inquiry into shooting greyhounds adjourned

In the stewards’ room: Inquiry into shooting greyhounds adjourned

THE Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) has adjourned an inquiry in relation to Victorian trainer Simon Green, who is alleged to have shot dead two of his greyhounds, Spanish Cloud and Spanish Berry, around July 2014. During the investigation, …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..

Hunt greyhound returns positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine

Hunt greyhound returns positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine

ANOTHER high-profile trainer may be in hot water with stewards: one of Jenny Hunt’s greyhounds has returned a positive swab to the permanently banned prohibited substances amphetamine, methamphetamine and its metabolites.

 The greyhound in question, Jubilea Bale, was scratched from …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..

Disqualified Linda Britton takes out WA’s leading trainer award

Disqualified Linda Britton takes out WA’s leading trainer award

LEADING greyhound identities in Western Australia have defended the decision to crown disqualified Linda Britton the state’s no.1 trainer. Britton, who was not allowed to attend the function on Sunday night, continued her stranglehold on the mantle as WA’s leading …Read More..

Balancing act to keep canine athletes performing at their peak

Balancing act to keep canine athletes performing at their peak

AS YOU watch the players stride on to the court in the Australian Open of tennis, you wonder how they overcome the sore and taped ankles, the aching backs, the upset stomachs, blistered fingers and strained adductor muscles. To say …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..

Stewards round-up: Linda Britton likely to appeal

Stewards round-up: Linda Britton likely to appeal

Champion trainer Linda Britton is expected to appeal against the severity of the 18-month disqualification handed to her by West Australian stewards this week. Britton was disqualified for nine months on each of two charges regarding presenting Zelemar Fever for …Read More..

WA’s leading lady Linda Britton disqualified for 18 months

WA’s leading lady Linda Britton disqualified for 18 months

The sport has been rocked by an 18-month disqualification handed to champion trainer Linda Britton on Monday. The WA Hall of Fame trainer was disqualified for 18 months and fined $500 on four charges in relation to one of her …Read More..

Where do the dogs fit into the bigger picture at SKY?

Where do the dogs fit into the bigger picture at SKY?

The biggest worry about the SKY v TVN saga is not that we don’t quite know when TVN will fold. The critical issue is how SKY (owned by Tabcorp) will react to demands from racing’s big shots to create a …Read More..

Stewards round-up: Anxious wait for champion trainer Linda Britton

Stewards round-up: Anxious wait for champion trainer Linda Britton

CHAMPION trainer Linda Britton must wait until next week to discover the outcome of an inquiry into one of her dogs testing positive to a controlled substance. Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s general manager of racing integrity, Denis Borovica, said …Read More..

 

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