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..
CHAMPION Victorian greyhounds Sweet It Is and Fernando Bale stole the spotlight at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, taking out the Group 1 National Distance and Sprint Championships respectively. Sweet It Is, trained by Braden Finn, began fairly from box …Read More..
THE countdown is on for the 2015 Group 1 National Sprint and Distance Championships with both features set to fly this Saturday night at Wentworth Park. The Sprint Championship looks to be one of the most exciting in recent …Read More..
UNLIKE other investigations over the past few months, the Working Dog Australia (WDA) report to GRNSW on greyhound welfare delved thoroughly into why things were happening, rather than what happened. All other reports, conducted by lawyers and public servants, served …Read More..
THE Nationals puzzle is almost complete, with the representatives from Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania all locked into place after various qualifiers have been run around the country over the last week. The winners from each state …Read More..
HOW good a job is Tabcorp doing? We covered some aspects of this subject last week but space prevented us commenting on the international situation. As you all know, Tabcorp is hell-bent on giving Australians the benefit of racing in …Read More..
VICTORIAN trainer Stephen Whyte made it back-to-back wins in the Darwin Cup, landing the 2015 feature with the talented Superfonic on Sunday night at Winnellie Park. Starting as the $3.70 favourite from box three, the son of Fear Zafonic and …Read More..
IT is now possible to differentiate between naturally occurring testosterone in a male greyhound and testosterone which has been administered in order to improve performance, a study by Greyhound Racing Victoria shows. A joint effort by the Faculty of Veterinary …Read More..
THE biggest news in Queensland last week was the disqualification of grader Darren Barbour after he was found guilty of deliberately excluding a greyhound from an event at Albion Park in favour of another dog, Just Like Tina. After an …Read More..
THE Gardens Greyhound Club has officially ended its search for a new CEO with the appointment of former steward Dave Kiernan last Friday. Kiernan, who started his official duties on Tuesday, took over from Interim CEO Tanya Hayes, who stepped …Read More..
NO SOONER had I said nice things about the Victorian stewards’ increased attention to variable form than the following happened. Stewards Report, Race 7, The Meadows, 8 July. (In part). “Chucka Bone raced wide in the home straight and collided …Read More..
WELL, not too loudly, but it’s a start. This week stewards in Victoria asked a trainer some serious questions about his dogs’ high frequency racing. That’s dogs – plural – as the same bloke had run one dog eleven times …Read More..
LICENSED trainer Craig Milne has been found guilty by Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards on two charges relating to improper conduct which is said to have occurred at the Ipswich Greyhound meeting on April 11, 2015. Milne is said to have …Read More..
THE key question, as always, is how governments attack embarrassing problems. Well, maybe “attack” is too strong a word. This time, “address” might be better and more attuned to what has happened in the greyhound industry. As we forecast earlier, …Read More..
JOHN Finn has been declared a defaulter by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards less than two days after his wife, Melinda Finn, had her training licence suspended pending an inquiry into the discovery of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) in urine …Read More..
LEADING NSW trainer Melinda Finn has had her licensed suspended by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) after it was confirmed two of her greyhounds returned positive swab samples to the permanently banned substance Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO). The affected swab samples …Read More..
WHO says we have too many dogs? The facts belie the emotional claims from some minority groups – and even those writing reports to governments. The position today – one that has been true for some time – is the …Read More..
WADE Birch, the General Manager of Stewards and Integrity Operations for Racing Queensland, has been issued with a show cause notice and asked why he should not be sacked as a result of the live baiting scandal which has rocked …Read More..
NATIONAL coverage: Nothing could be more helpful to the industry than the RIC recommendation that a consistent national approach would be better than six or seven individual ones. Yet we have long had the opportunity to do it – particularly …Read More..
OFFICIAL reports on live baiting from two states are showing some similarities. Both Queensland and Victorian investigators have called for a change in the makeup of the controlling boards and the creation of separate organisations to handle integrity matters, including …Read More..
THERE are five reasons why dogs run off on a turn: 1. The dog is a youngster or a little on the clumsy side and has trouble maintaining a consistent course. 2. The dog is built to better handle a …Read More..
A VICTORIAN greyhound racing participant has been handed down a life ban in Victoria by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) following on from the live-baiting scandal. Christopher Connolly was slapped with six charges by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) …Read More..
VICTORIAN Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna has said he does not believe live-baiting is an isolated matter. As a part of his final 114-page report on the Victorian Greyhound Racing Industry, released on Thursday, Perna confirmed the industry’s worst-kept fear …Read More..
SUPERSTAR sprinter Dyna Villa will be scratched from this Sunday’s Group 2 Horsham Cup final as owner Paul Wheeler removes all of his greyhounds from trainer Nicole Davis’ property after her license was suspended by Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards on …Read More..
WAS she going to do it anyway? The Premier’s move to sack all Queensland racing boards came immediately after the release of the McSporran report into Queensland live baiting abuses. It takes on even greater importance given the NSW review …Read More..
AN ALMOST terminal blow. That is how the final report from the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry has described the impact of the live baiting scandal on a decimated greyhound racing industry. The report, handed down by Alan …Read More..
IT IS normal practice for governments to set up inquiries and reviews only when they already know what the outcome will be. People doing such jobs are usually classed as “sound”, to use a term favoured by Sir Humphrey Appleby …Read More..
LEADING conditioner Melinda Finn has become the first trainer to have greyhounds return a positive swab to the prohibited substance Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO). The samples were taken from her greyhounds Still Searchin’ and Down Every Road which both contested …Read More..
FOLLOWING on from February’s controversial Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’, I have literally read hundreds of stories relating to live baiting with a strong call for greyhound racing to be banned altogether. I now see people who dedicate …Read More..