Greyhound numbers are down – stop laughing, this is serious

IT ALL brings to mind that world famous cartoon by Stan Cross in 1933 in The Smiths Weekly (long since defunct). It depicts two workers, one with his trousers fallen, hanging by their fingernails from a broken girder on a high rise construction site and one telling the other “For gorsake stop laughing, this is serious”.

But in greyhound racing it’s not the , and not the viability challenge voiced by Paul Newson, interim CEO of .

The real problem is we are running out of dogs. Without raw material, the sport is in a risky position.

This is nothing new but it has suddenly become more extreme, at least in NSW.

For the first time in living memory, or probably ever, last Saturday nine of ten races at started with a short field. The lone 720-metre event attracted only five runners. The meeting was not much better, with six short fields.

There is no obvious reason for the poor performance. A simultaneous meeting at had full fields but apart from the Oaks final, none were guilty of diverting custom from Wenty. Ditto for , which also operates on Saturday evening.

Likewise, other states had no great pulling power. The did not seem to affect NSW dogs, nor the few good races in Melbourne city last week.

Indeed, some of these also have problems. Looking back over the last four months, here is the average number of short fields in the main weekly meetings:

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Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

The dog numbers may be down but that could be down to recent over breeding that has gone on for several years. Hopefully people are finally realising that to breed from a bitch that has had 25 races for 1 win and 1 second on a country track and asking $2,000 wont work and should not have been bred with in the first place no matter what her breeding was or who she was mated with. Lets hope we will start getting breeders to limit breeding to tried bitches that have at least 50% 1st and 2nd before breeding and charge $5,000… Read more »

Mwk
Mwk
6 years ago

Is it me or what but is their more dogs appearing on Sky who look like they aren’t chasing? Especially in SA.

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

Mwk Not sure if there’s more, I know at Shepperton there were two dogs marring and third caught up in it. If it is happening more in SA it would be interesting how many of them have a certain race name!

Dezzey
Dezzey
6 years ago

Anyone know why the GRNSW Chief Vet got replaced ?

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

The dog numbers may be down but that could be down to recent over breeding that has gone on for several years. Hopefully people are finally realising that to breed from a bitch that has had 25 races for 1 win and 1 second on a country track and asking ,000 wont work and should not have been bred with in the first place no matter what her breeding was or who she was mated with. Lets hope we will start getting breeders to limit breeding to tried bitches that have at least 50% 1st and 2nd before breeding and charge ,000… Read more »

Mwk
Mwk
6 years ago

Is it me or what but is their more dogs appearing on Sky who look like they aren’t chasing? Especially in SA.

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

Mwk Not sure if there’s more, I know at Shepperton there were two dogs marring and third caught up in it. If it is happening more in SA it would be interesting how many of them have a certain race name!

AaronC_NZ
AaronC_NZ
6 years ago

This is whats wrong with your head, and your industry Bruce.

Without raw material, the sport is in a risky position.”


Greyhounds are NOT “Raw Material” They are not inanimate ingredients in inanimate product. They are mammals like us. They are living breathing, feeling creatures that deserve our respect and when needed – hence the greyhound advocacy movement – our protection.


Its dinosoaurs like you that will bring down the industry Bruce, with your archaic and heartless attitudes.


Stop living in the long distant past and at least get your language acceptable for modern, mainstream times.

Dezzey
Dezzey
6 years ago

Anyone know why the GRNSW Chief Vet got replaced ?