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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..