Stewards

In the steward’s room – SA trainer has his penalty restarted

In the steward’s room – SA trainer has his penalty restarted

LAST Tuesday Greyhound Racing South Australia officers attended the property of trainer Duncan Stewart for a routine kennel inspection. During their time at the property, disqualified person Michael Stewart was located on the premises who was deemed to be in …Read More..

There’s engagement but no enlightenment in greyhound racing

There’s engagement but no enlightenment in greyhound racing

GREYHOUND Racing Victoria has just conducted a thing called an Engagement Workshop, mainly to do with trialling tracks. We know that because a lengthy media release told us so. It is one of a series on various subjects and some …Read More..

New Cannington track bringing safer racing to the West

New Cannington track bringing safer racing to the West

GREYHOUNDS WA is confident the teething issues at new Cannington track will soon be a thing of the past, just under two months after the $16 million facility, entirely funded by Racing and Wagering Western Australia, held its first race …Read More..

In the steward’s room – two disqualified for amphetamine offences

In the steward’s room – two disqualified for amphetamine offences

TWO trainers have been slapped with bans after their greyhounds returned positive samples to the prohibited substance Amphetamine. On February 11, South Australian trainer Michele Famiglietti was informed that his greyhound Are Ate had shown the presence of Amphetamine in …Read More..

Greyhound racing tracks overdue for a review

Greyhound racing tracks overdue for a review

AH, the Warrnambool Cup, where several fine performances could be seen as well as a hell of a lot of push and shove. Luckily, Unlawful Entry squeezed through the ruck to bust the just-established track record, running 24.72. He reached …Read More..

Racing integrity commissions based on hope alone

Racing integrity commissions based on hope alone

WE may have gone as far as we can in discussing welfare and breeding issues. In any event, I find it annoying to be verballed so regularly, and to note so many extravagant statements made by people who do not …Read More..

Warrnambool greyhounds illustrate some key issues

Warrnambool greyhounds illustrate some key issues

THE 14 Warrnambool Classic heats have been run and won – some in very quick time (Sausage Sizzle 24.93 and One For Me 24.94). Betting turnover was average in NSW for these time slots but punting success would have been …Read More..

Do we need this sort of racing?

Do we need this sort of racing?

UNABLE to find my usual Horsham fields this Tuesday I suddenly realised that Warrnambool had taken over to run their annual picnic race meetings, titled the Warrnambool Classic, spread over 14 heats on Tuesday and Wednesday with semis and final …Read More..

Andrew Johnson disqualified over death & treatment of greyhounds

Andrew Johnson disqualified over death & treatment of greyhounds

ON Sunday Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards conducted an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of the greyhound Gold Plated, a winner of three races from 33 starts, at the Bouldercombe property of her trainer, Andrew Johnson. On March 1, …Read More..

NSW Racing Minister adding to his scratchy formguide

NSW Racing Minister adding to his scratchy formguide

RACING Minister Troy Grant, who doubles as Justice and Police Minister, is under strong attack from a normally conservative group, the NSW Bar Association, for introducing a bill related to crime prevention that the Association claims will “restrict a person’s …Read More..

Racing Authority goes where angels fear to tread

Racing Authority goes where angels fear to tread

GREYHOUND Racing NSW is to be congratulated on the energy it is putting into smartening up administration of the industry following some dubious incidents in recent years. However, its latest effort to ensure greater discipline from both participants and “persons” …Read More..

Greyhound Racing NSW released Public Comment Policy

Greyhound Racing NSW released Public Comment Policy

GREYHOUND racing NSW (GRNSW) has taken a giant leap into the 21st century, issuing its first Public Content Policy which is set to outline the authority body’s expectations of industry participants who chose to make any public comment – including …Read More..

Steward’s wrap: prominent mentor Pat Lavis suspended

Steward’s wrap: prominent mentor Pat Lavis suspended

RACING Queensland (RQ) concluded an inquiry last week, which had originally been opened on February 3, which was launched to investigate the care provided to the greyhound Shiraz after it competed at Albion Park on October 18, 2015. Shiraz had …Read More..

Plenty of thrills and spills at Sandown Park greyhounds

Plenty of thrills and spills at Sandown Park greyhounds

IT may be worthwhile me branching out into the tipping game – or, in this case, non-tipping. What was really remarkable about the distance heats at Sandown last Thursday was the amount of money invested on dogs with little or …Read More..

GRNSW forensic testing tender awarded to RASL

GRNSW forensic testing tender awarded to RASL

RACING Analytical Services Limited (RASL) have been awarded the tender for the provision of forensic testing services by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) after a procurement process which was managed by Procure Group Pty Ltd. RASL, which is accredited by the …Read More..

Stewards wrap: QLD trainers cleared over Pentobarbitone anomaly

Stewards wrap: QLD trainers cleared over Pentobarbitone anomaly

QUEENSLAND trainer Clarence Wilcox recently fronted a Racing Queensland (RQ) inquiry after a urine sample from his greyhound Asa Top Agent showed the presence of the prohibited substance Pentobarbitone when it won at Townsville on November 26, 2015. Confirmatory analysis …Read More..

Giving slow dogs preference over customers

Giving slow dogs preference over customers

We have been getting votes in favour of continuing T3 racing in Victoria (ie for slow dogs). However, I think these miss the main point. I suppose you can always make a case for any of the 12 different grades …Read More..

Time to study greyhound stewards

Time to study greyhound stewards

RIGHTLY or wrongly – well, both really – stewards have been in the spotlight throughout 2015 for multiple reasons. One of the big worries about proposals to establish multi-code integrity (ie stewarding) units is that the experience and expertise to …Read More..

Stewards wrap: Participants found guilty in Il Bacaro inquiry

Stewards wrap: Participants found guilty in Il Bacaro inquiry

LEADING trainer Anthony Azzopardi is one of five people to have been found guilty by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Stewards as a part of the Il Bacaro inquiry. Azzopardi was the licensed trainer of the greyhounds Il Bacaro and Asa …Read More..

Logic missing from the decisions in greyhound racing

Logic missing from the decisions in greyhound racing

HERE’S an amazing thing. Various administrations have been keen to announce plans to better cater for young dogs that can’t get a run and which might be discarded. But it’s all smoke and mirrors. In part, it promotes a myth. …Read More..

Queensland professor critical of greyhound commission’s tactics

Queensland professor critical of greyhound commission’s tactics

IT is dawning on me. The attack on greyhound racing – and I use the word “attack” advisedly – is but the latest in a long string of political efforts designed to boost a government’s standing with any old special …Read More..

Overcoming difficulties at The Meadows

Overcoming difficulties at The Meadows

EASILY the best run of the night at The Meadows big meeting last Saturday came from Star Recall in the Group 1 Australian Stayers Cup (725m). It was not particularly fast – a couple of lengths slower than in its …Read More..

Fence jumpers…the four legged kind

Fence jumpers…the four legged kind

LAST Sunday afternoon at the Sandown provincial-class meeting, a greyhound named Supreme Deal exited box two in the last race. The Where’s Pedro x Supreme Vision fawn dog was having his fourth start at Sandown, and his 44th overall. The …Read More..

Stewards wrap- WA trainer disqualified for amphetamine possession

Stewards wrap- WA trainer disqualified for amphetamine possession

IT has been a busy few weeks in stewards rooms around Australia, with several participants facing the respective authority bodies over a range of prohibited substance and misconduct offences. Last week, WA owner/trainer/attendant Joshua Jovanovic faced Racing Wagering Western Australia …Read More..

Greyhound special commission tapers off – but to what?

Greyhound special commission tapers off – but to what?

THE Special Commission’s second and presumably final public hearings ended last week along predictable lines. Long and often tortured questioning concentrated on who knew what and when about live baiting and on the recent change to steward reporting instructions. Former …Read More..

Should insiders run the greyhound racing industry?

Should insiders run the greyhound racing industry?

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..

How to sell greyhound racing – equality of the sexes

How to sell greyhound racing – equality of the sexes

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..

Report points the way to better betting on greyhound racing

Report points the way to better betting on greyhound racing

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..

Steward’s wrap: disqualifications handed out across Australia

Steward’s wrap: disqualifications handed out across Australia

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..

Azzopardi takes responsibility for his part in greyhound mix-up

Azzopardi takes responsibility for his part in greyhound mix-up

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..

 

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