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..
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..
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..
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 (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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..