What you may have missed: GRNSW introduce policy on lures

UNDER the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979, participants have been advised by Greyhound Racing New South Wales that they are prohibited from using any type of animal carcass or animal part for the use of training, rearing and education of greyhounds.

There is only one exception to this rule, with a tanned and professionally processed skin able to be used providing that evidence of where it was sourced is immediately available to GRNSW upon their request.

An audible device may also be installed in an approved skin if desired.

Participants are now also required to inform GRNSW of any domestic pets or animals used for agricultural purposes that live on the same property where greyhounds are being kept, trained or raced.

Anyone deemed to have breached these rules will be subjected to a minimum 10 year disqualification and a fine deemed appropriate by GRNSW.

Anyone who witnesses a breach of these lure rules and fails to report it to GRNSW faces a minimum disqualification period of five years and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Highest Bendigo Ready 2 Race Earners

Five months after the commencement of the Bendigo Ready 2 Race sales highest prize money leaderboard, the greyhound that sold for the biggest price has subsequently earned the most winnings thus far.

Adam Handler was purchased for $25,000 and is owned and trained by Londonderry mentor Anthony Azzopardi. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Dolly’s Hand has won 7 from 20 starts since November and will contest a heat of the Dubbo Gold Cup this Tuesday. Adam Handler has won a total of $21,325 in prize money, placing him $7,970 ahead of second placegetter Vermont, who was sold for $10,000 and has won $13,355.

The remaining six greyhounds eligible for the finals to be staged later this year include:

Beyond Rapid – Purchased for $8,500, Won $13,110
Sisco Wake – Purchased for $8,000, Won $12,520
To The Galo’s – Purchased for $6,000, Won $11,410
Elbow Room – Purchased for $21,250, Won $10,670
Exit Zero – Purchased for $14,000, Won $8,455
Waterfront – Purchased for $7,000, Won $8,230

Ritza Hattie retired

Bonny sprinter Ritza Hattie has been officially retired after finishing down the track in the Group 3 Ambrosoli at Wentworth Park on Golden Easter Egg night.

Trained by Mart Gatt, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare won 19 races from 50 starts including the 2015 Group 2 Gosford Cup, the 2013 Group 2 Laurels, the 2014 Group 3 Ambrosoli and the 2013 Group 3 Nowra Puppy Classic. She also placed in the 2014 Group 1 Dapto Megastar, the 2014 Group 3 Ladies Bracelet, the 2013 Group 3 Laurie Healion and the 2014 Group 2 Bob Payne, also making the final of the 2014 Group 1 National Futurity.

Connections have a straw from the immortal Brett Lee to use when she comes on season.

Lock In Your Diary

April 21 & 22 – Group 2 Warrnambool Classic Heats – Warrnambool over 450-metres
April 23 – Group 2 Queensland Derby Final – Albion Park over 520-metres – $40,000 to the winner
April 25 – Group 3 Nowra Summer Puppy Classic Final – Nowra over 520-metres – $25,000 to the winner
April 25 – Group 3 Gold Cup Final – Wentworth Park over 520-metres – $25,000 to the winner
April 25 – Group 3 Ladies Bracelet Heats – Wentworth Park over 520-metres

Worth A Replay

Despite the old saying of no-one remembers who came second, it’s definitely worth watching the run of Sweet It Is which was runner-up behind Space Star in a heat of the Group 3 Gold Cup at Wentworth Park last Saturday evening.

Space Star hit the front at the winning post the first time and Sweet It Is was at least 12 lengths from the leader heading into the back straight. On a wet surface, the daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer, which has earned over $500,000 in prizemoney, reduced the winning margin to just 2.25 lengths, with the winner recording a sizzling time of 41.71.

Owner/trainer Braden Finn had plenty of reasons to smile after the event, witnessing a tremendous performance by his chaser, which is a genuine contender to take out this week’s final.

Watch Space Star (box four) defeat Sweet It Is (box eight) in 41.71.

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