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..
THE recent Roy Morgan report on wagering profiles, ferreted out by colleague Kat Ernst in her recent article, represented a huge jump in knowledge for the industry. None of that stuff has been available previously – or not in public. …Read More..
GREYHOUND Racing New South Wales handed down a four month suspension to NSW trainer Nancy McIntosh last week after she was found guilty of a brach of GAR 83 (2)(a). The specifics of the charge was her greyhound, My Girl …Read More..
GREYHOUND Racing NSW (GRNSW) has opened an inquiry into an incident which occurred in race five at Wentworth Park on Boxing Day where the wrong greyhound competed in and won the event in the place of its kennel mate. When …Read More..
WE talked about prices and value last Tuesday but one of our readers has completely missed the point and verballed me to boot. The article, “When is the price right?“, was all about value and how prices get to where …Read More..
A FEW years ago, Tabcorp’s boss (the previous one, not the current one) announced that wagering was a “mature industry” so he started branching out to investments in casinos and the like, aimed at raising the returns to shareholders. Soon …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..
TWO New South Wales greyhound trainers will spend time behind bars for their part in the infamous live-baiting scandal which has rocked the greyhound racing industry in 2015. John Cauchi, the licensed manager of the Boxhill Trial Track in Western …Read More..
DO you know the RSPCA balance sheet shows a total equity of $100 million, which includes cash, term deposits, a share portfolio and investment property. Last year it booked a surplus of $5.9 million after expenses of $46 million. A …Read More..
PROMINENT Newcastle trainer Ron Bell has been found guilty of racing greyhound Lorna Belle with prohibited substances in its system. Bell was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2) after Lorna Belle returned a positive reading to the substances atenolol …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..
SEVERAL Queensland-based trainers faced steward inquiries last week following allegations of failing to obtain passports from Greyhounds Australasia (GA) prior to exporting their greyhounds overseas. Each trainer faced their respective inquiries charged with a breach of GAR 124(1) which reads: …Read More..
SUPERSTAR sprinter Fernando Bale ($1.10) bounced back from his shock defeat in last Friday’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup with an emphatic victory in a heat of the Group 2 Ballarat Cup (450 metres) on Wednesday night. Stepping fairly from box …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..
QUEENSLAND trainer Tony Millen has been suspended for two years after an injured dog in his care was not given immediate veterinary attention. Millen, who faced an inquiry on Monday, was found guilty by Racing Queensland stewards after evidence was …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..
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..
THE Kelly Bravo-trained Secret Spell broke through for a deserved win at the highest level, leading all the way in Monday night’s Group 1 Hume Cup at The Meadows. Stepping beautifully from box two, the daughter of Bartim Bale and …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..
OF course, everyone knows that jumping in front is the way to win greyhound races. But shouldn’t the others be able to have a crack, too? Besides, the spectacle of a big galloper thundering home is loved by all. Those …Read More..
KERRY Chalker faced the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) this week, faced with four charges stemming from breaches of LR 18.5 and GAR 86 (af). The specifics of the charges were in relation to his role in the …Read More..
BRAD Hilly Billy finally broke through for his maiden Group race triumph on the mainland with a tenacious performance in Saturday night’s Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint (520m). Despite a slow beginning, the son of Kinloch Brae and Breakeven …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..
FANTASTIC Spiral upset his more fancied rivals to score a determined victory in last Friday’s Group 1 Dapto Megastar, giving trainer Jason Fletcher his first win at the highest level. The son of Spiral Nikita and Light Fantastic qualified …Read More..
IN CASE you missed it, the NSW government – repeat, the government – is calling for people to nominate themselves as a “member of Racing NSW”, which runs the galloping code. That curious English is intended to mean a member …Read More..
LEADING Queensland conditioner Tony Brett says his star duo Keybow and Flash Reality are in excellent order ahead of the Group 1 Dapto Megastar this Friday night. The veterans, which both turn four years of age in December, received an …Read More..
FIRST impressions of the finish-on-lure trial at Geelong are that fields are more inclined to spread out, at least after the first bun rush out of the boxes. No doubt the wide and high lure is a help in that …Read More..
THE Group 3 Chairman’s Cup series was rocked by scandal over the weekend, with champion bitch Sweet It Is withdrawn from the heats of the $25,000 to the winner feature after returning a positive swab to Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of …Read More..
BOOM youngster Fantastic Dotty will be aimed at the Group 1 Dapto Megastar following on from her tenacious victory in Thursday night’s Group 3 Dapto Maiden. The daughter of Goodesy and Light Fantastic is one of five invitees for the …Read More..
THEY don’t get it. They just don’t get it. With an exception only in Victoria (where proprietary racing continued until the 1950s) all states have persevered with multi-member, government-appointed boards of management for what is emphatically a commercial operation – …Read More..