GRV rewards its safest track with second weekly meeting

GREYHOUND has introduced a second weekly race meeting at the safest track in the state.

The Greyhound Racing Club has been rewarded for its low injury record on the long, straight track – the only one of its kind in .

The first extra meeting was held today and will become a regular afternoon fixture in the weekly calendar. Healesville has typically only hosted one meeting a week on Sunday afternoons.

general manager of animal , Dr Gavin Goble, said the second weekly meeting at Healesville was an important part of GRV’s reform and commitment to greyhound care.

“The benefits of introducing this extra meeting are numerous but all have one common theme – improving animal welfare outcomes for greyhounds,” he said.

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“In opening more racing opportunities for greyhounds of all ages and abilities, we will be looking to reduce the number of greyhounds needing to be re-homed by prolonging their window of opportunities as racing dogs.

“By keeping the opportunities open to Victorian-bred greyhounds we are emphasising our commitment to ensure the best possible life for greyhounds born in this state.”

This additional Healesville meeting will regularly be a ‘rank limit’ meeting for Victorian-bred greyhounds only.

The ‘rank limit’ will vary from time to time however will initially be restricted to greyhounds ranked 250-plus.

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BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Sadly here in NSW the two major race clubs some years ago decided that straight racing was a wasted exercise and shut down straight tracks .The GBOTA decided to transfer racing from Appin to Wentworth Park  and this was proved a failure, and then we had the defunct NCA walk away from Wyong another great straight track. This is another good reason why Greyhound Racing here in NSW should  not be in the hands of idiots with  this ideology !

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw  proves one thing Bob. they got it wrong. it is a known ,that straight racing,and remember this is how racing was performed early in the infancy of dog racing,is the safest form of racing to have. why cannot people who supposedly form Welfare Groups,see this? the answer is because they have small pictured minds that grey racing must only exist in its present form. meaning,even they are not looking outside the square. everyone,and I mean everyone across the entire scope of the industry,makes decisions on what shape and form dog racing is today,encompassing circle racing only. they may have… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw We only have ourselves to blame ! we allowed a minority  to dictate what is the best for greyhound racing here in nsw and its like the rspca , its about making money and then maybe animal welfare.

lone widow
lone widow
4 years ago

Dominic, GRV may be onto something here.  I have said a few times that any broken hocks on a straight track is a result of a pre-existing hairline fracture from circle racing (that’s my opinion).

The only other option with circle racing is to increase the turn radius of the track to at least 72 mtrs to reduce the extreme stresses on the legs of these animals. It’s just common sense.

The dogs will suffer because they will not spend the money. 
If they did spend the money, what a message to send to the animal activists

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

lone widow Spot On

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw  bob, I have read your comments for a fair while now,and I have to agree with you,the GBOTA and even the organised ALLIANCE group,are NOT the people to organise our future. my info is that even the government feel these are the wrong people to negotiate.that is not good news.they want a fight,not a group that agrees with everything put to them simply because they (alliance) want to keep the gates open.i feel we need a complete outsider,unattached from the dog industry,to negotiate. it was put to myself that maybe a JONES/HADLEY/LATHAM/KENIRY are the types we need.people who understand… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw Your right we need somebody that understands the politics and the legal side of what’s needed to move forward for the industry, someone who has been successful in sport administration  and a good knowledge of the three racing codes with proven results with astute negotiation skills. I’ve said it before  he is out there , and he is in semi retirement  and he needs to be enticed to take up the challenge,  his track record speaks for itself ,TAB ,SKY Racing, Penrith Panthers, yes Warren Wilson is the man to turn the Greyhound Industry around , and from what… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw spyman  going on his credentials BOB,you may have the right man. how does one push him to the forefront?

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw  an Extrordinary meeting at GBOTA?

suppose we better ask the man himself first,but you have stated he is interested in the challenge.

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw I don’t think a club with a membership  of just over a thousand or so should be deciding the future of the  industry when  the majority of participants won’t have a say in the future direction of the industry.What should happen is the Baird Government repeal the Greyhound prohibition bill and the status quo remain with a new CEO and a board and Wilson appointed as CEO. not  bureaucrats and as far as the board is concern there is enough quality people in the industry with business,veterinary, legal,animal husbandry and wagering and media expertise to do the job required… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw spyman  without a doubt BOB,without a doubt. easy I suppose to sit in another state and say this should be done,that should be done,etc; but past history in your states groups is not good. we had a similar situation,but ours was actually within the controlling body itself,noyt a GBOTA or similar group. people accept situations if things are doing ok,but flounder when things go wrong,and NSW it appears are now floundering as direction is so confusing. as the mighty Donald Trump has been quoting,and its a good quotation…Clean the swamp…….and aint it the truth,clean out the mud and cleanse the… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw Write or email to every member of the Government and state his credentials as the best person to lead the reform required to take the industry into the future. i have no doubt he is interested in the challenge and he is very well respected in the racing and sporting community .   The Orange By-Election will determine our future one way or another, we need the people of the Orange electorate to punish the government for this bad decision, and i like many others  i will be working on booths for the Shooters Fishers & Farmers, Labor, Christian… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw spyman  whispers,or is it gales of wind,are hinting of a new face name for the industry.corners suggesting no longer named GRNSW?geez,is that what they have been debating about all this time?doubt it,as other whispers strongly hinting the structure of the NEW industry face,just may be excluding its current self-regulatory control.now that is an interesting concept,but I think it will cause more than just angst. seems though a lot of inter-state involvement in structure and rules has also been on the agendas,meaning they are seeking assurances from other states that if they go down there path,it will be to the advantage… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw I hear you , but when you see the old faces lurking in the shadows here in nsw and disguise as our savior of the industry  I do get PEED OFF ! have a look a the Submission 519 from the Upper House Select Committee  inquiry ,this was a leader within our industry speaking on behalf of his belief that this is the way to go, why won’t he, he had so much to gain financial with the former structure of GRNSW. We can talk about Animal Welfare all day , but nothing said about the corruption that has… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw spyman  aahhhh BOBBY,but how pathetic WAS the Government OF THE DAY IN ALLOWING SUCH BARBARIOUS CHIVALRY. AND LINING OF ONE’S POCKETS…(WHO SAID THAT????). new era, new structure,new BAIRD. he is the key. it is obvious he saw right through all this past histrionics(pollies are experienced and adept at seeing where pockets can be lined and by whom) and wants that changed. and it has to. old cronies and so called doers for the industry from the past,have had their day.that has been noted BOBBY,and if,(and it won’t) they go back to the same old same old,then start finding the bugler to… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw No a positive is for Baird to sit down and pick the brains of Dr Dennis Naptine  who’s a proven a success  with the restructure  of GRV , okay some will say there were things that in their minds he never got right,So i say to those he placed Greyhound Racing in Victoria in the No 1 position in Australia ! so  if Baird want’s Greyhound Racing to have a social licence and proper governance bring  Naptine and Wilson into the game in a positive step in moving forward, they also possess great business skills, or as you said… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw spyman  it’s funny,in a way,when I read all the forums and how many think the world of dog racing is at its end. such doom and gloom. crikey,most will jump if we say so.why do people become so pessimistic because NO news is forthwith pronto at the click of the fingers?one only needs to read GDATA to see a fine example of impatience and loss of direction. mind you,to cover my own butt,info is very slow to come forward,but geez,it was only announced a month ago that we had our racing back again.the ALLIANCE and the baird government’s reps, need… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

                               First Reading Bill introduced on motion by Mr Foley, read a first time and printed. Second Reading Mr LUKE FOLEY ( Auburn ) ( 10:51 ): I move: That this bill be now read a second time. The Greyhound Racing (Repeal of Ban) Bill 2016 simply seeks to give effect to the stated backdown announced by the Premier in recent weeks. It will repeal the Government’s ban on greyhound racing. As it currently stands, the law of New South Wales will ban greyhound racing as at 1 July next year. The legislation to ban greyhound racing was passed… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Saturday in Orange people are coming from all over the state, and interstate . Its not just about the Greyhounds,bus loads of people protesting about the council amalgamation, privatisation of hospitals, and the sell off of crown land  which will effect people living in those area’s,buses  from Maitland and Wyong will be on their way Friday .SEE YAH  there  all you good people ,now that’s what you call people power !

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw  and the ALLIANCE are making a rod for their own backs by doing a good deed and acknowledging those media personalities who were the driving force behind the ‘flip’,with nights out to thank them for what they did. and so it should. but, I can see why many are seething when those personalities get welcomed and thanked and maybe briefed, BEFORE the participants. and to be brutal,when one looks at again the past history of Old Heads putting the industry head on the chopping block,and ignoring the people again by not informing,one only has to look at who is… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman BobWhitelaw  As you say with the past history these old heads that you are talking about are part of the Structure of this Alliance and have no credibility because of  their past actions you can not go to the negotiating table with  the government with dirty linen ,and the key factors we need to be open and transparent .  That’s why people are Pi**ed off with Alliance, their form has got us into this mess ITS SIMPLE, OLD SCHOOL TAKE A WALK and stop insulting our intelligence before its to late