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Live-baiting saga update: Tom Noble to fight cruelty charges

Live-baiting saga update: Tom Noble to fight cruelty charges

TOM Noble, the Queensland greyhound trainer at the centre of the live-baiting saga, will fight the charges of alleged animal cruelty he is up against. A taskforce established to investigate live-baiting within the QLD greyhound industry has slapped the 68-year-old …Read More..

We will tell you what’s good for you

We will tell you what’s good for you

I QUOTED billionaire Warren Buffet the other day when he warned about “arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency” in business. Here’s one reason why I did that. Welcome to the new, updated Tabcorp racing website. It arrived without warning on the morning …Read More..

Live baiting saga: Zipping Willow & Zipping Saxon suspended

Live baiting saga: Zipping Willow & Zipping Saxon suspended

ZIPPING Willow and Zipping Saxon have both been suspended from racing by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) as a follow on from the live-baiting saga. The two star NSW sprinters, which are owned by leading breeder Martin Hallinan, were …Read More..

In the stewards room: Gemma Tovey disqualified for 15 years

In the stewards room: Gemma Tovey disqualified for 15 years

THINGS have been flat-out in stewards’ departments around the nation over the past fortnight in the wake of the live-baiting scandal, which has seen close to 40 participants stood down from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. On top of …Read More..

Live baiting scandal update: Another NSW trainer stood down

Live baiting scandal update: Another NSW trainer stood down

CRANEBROOK trainer Wayne Smith has been immediately suspended from training for alleged live-baiting offences following ongoing investigations by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW). The action to suspend Smith is in connection with the alleged live baiting at the property …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..

Reg Kay among five Queensland trainers warned off for life

Reg Kay among five Queensland trainers warned off for life

FIVE Queensland greyhound trainers were warned off for life at a dramatic Monday afternoon board meeting of the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry. One more case has been adjourned and another has been referred back to Racing Queensland Stewards. In …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..

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..

 

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