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..
JOHN Finn has been declared a defaulter by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards less than two days after his wife, Melinda Finn, had her training licence suspended pending an inquiry into the discovery of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) in urine …Read More..
LEADING NSW trainer Melinda Finn has had her licensed suspended by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) after it was confirmed two of her greyhounds returned positive swab samples to the permanently banned substance Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO). The affected swab samples …Read More..
WHO says we have too many dogs? The facts belie the emotional claims from some minority groups – and even those writing reports to governments. The position today – one that has been true for some time – is the …Read More..
WADE Birch, the General Manager of Stewards and Integrity Operations for Racing Queensland, has been issued with a show cause notice and asked why he should not be sacked as a result of the live baiting scandal which has rocked …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..
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..
A VICTORIAN greyhound racing participant has been handed down a life ban in Victoria by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) following on from the live-baiting scandal. Christopher Connolly was slapped with six charges by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) …Read More..
VICTORIAN Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna has said he does not believe live-baiting is an isolated matter. As a part of his final 114-page report on the Victorian Greyhound Racing Industry, released on Thursday, Perna confirmed the industry’s worst-kept fear …Read More..
SUPERSTAR sprinter Dyna Villa will be scratched from this Sunday’s Group 2 Horsham Cup final as owner Paul Wheeler removes all of his greyhounds from trainer Nicole Davis’ property after her license was suspended by Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards on …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..
AN ALMOST terminal blow. That is how the final report from the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry has described the impact of the live baiting scandal on a decimated greyhound racing industry. The report, handed down by Alan …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..
LEADING conditioner Melinda Finn has become the first trainer to have greyhounds return a positive swab to the prohibited substance Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO). The samples were taken from her greyhounds Still Searchin’ and Down Every Road which both contested …Read More..
FOLLOWING on from February’s controversial Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’, I have literally read hundreds of stories relating to live baiting with a strong call for greyhound racing to be banned altogether. I now see people who dedicate …Read More..
VICTORIAN trainer William Ferguson has had his license suspended for a period of nine months, six of which have been wholly suspended for a period of 12 months. The penalty comes after his greyhound, Gaelic Flyer, returned a positive to …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..
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..
It’s a different world today to that of 20 years ago, or even 10 years or five. While live baiting caused enough disruption itself, it also gave reason to look behind the curtain and see what else has been going …Read More..
SEVEN people have been charged by Greyhound Racing Victoria over their involvement in live baiting at the Tooradin Trial Track. Tooradin, south east of Melbourne, was the scene of the Four Corners program that aired in January. The footage showed …Read More..
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) is arguably the leader of the pack when it comes to the industry Australia-wide. In the post-Four Corners climate there are plenty of people involved with greyhound racing wondering if those in charge of running it …Read More..
TOP trainer Jenny Hunt has been slapped with an 18 month ban, after a greyhound she trained tested positive to the drug ‘ice’ at a meeting in January. The drug, more commonly known for its debilitating affect on people, was …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..
A SIX month disqualification, suspended wholly for 12 months, and a $5,000 fine have been handed down to George Dailly, the brother-in-law of leading mentor Andrea Dailly, after he was found guilty of punching trainer Mark Delbridge at the Geelong …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..
GREYHOUND Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) will conduct their next stakeholder forum at the Gosford greyhound track on Tuesday night. Commencing at 6.05pm, GRNSW CEO Paul Newson is giving participants an opportunity to address their concerns and thoughts regarding animal …Read More..
FOUR people have been charged by Police from the Joint QPS/RSPCA Greyhound Inquiry Task Force following on from further investigations into the practice of live-baiting within the Queensland greyhound racing industry. One of those charged is a 69-year-old man from …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..