SHADOW Treasurer Ryan Park will be a special guest at Dapto on Thursday night as the NSW Labor Party continues to throw its support behind the NSW greyhound racing industry.
Park, who is also the member for Keira, was born and raised in the Illawarra and said he is passionate about fighting for the good men and women in greyhound racing following the Baird government’s decision to outlaw the sport as of July 1, 2017.
“Dapto is where I grew up so I know it very well and what I will be saying is what Luke Foley (NSW Opposition Leader) has been saying all along and that is a vote for Mike Baird and a vote for Troy Grant is a vote for the destruction of this great industry,” Park told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“This is an elitist approach by a government and a Premier who is simply out of touch.
“Mike Baird’s arrogance is coming through very loudly and very clearly and people have had enough of it, they don’t like it and they are sending some very strong messages to Mike Baird, Troy Grant and the entire government.
“I am encouraging trainers, owners and all those who work in the related industries to keep the fight up because we have got to keep the pressure on Mike Baird’s government to show very very clearly that we are not going to go away without a fight for this iconic industry.”
Thursday’s meeting is set to be a cracker, with the running of the Group 1 Dapto Megastar offering $75,000 to the winner.
The race has attracted a stellar field including recent Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint winner Ritza Lenny (box one), star NSW chaser Knight Sprite (box four), Group 1 National Derby victor Magic Spring (box five) and Victorian gun Pantera Nera (box seven)
Park said while he doesn’t have a tip for the feature event, he is excited to get down to Dapto dogs and let all greyhound racing participants know he is committed to fighting the ban.
“I don’t have a tip at this stage but I will have a good look at the form guide when I am down there.
“I am certainly looking forward to catching up with some friends and some locals who I know are in the industry…I am very much looking forward to the big night.”
The Group 1 Dapto Megastar is race six on the card and will jump at 9:08pm.
Group 1 Dapto Megastar – market
1 – Ritza Lenny – $1.90
2 – Black Bear Lee – $5
3 – Maya Herrera – $31
4 – Knight Sprite – $6
5 – Magic Spring – $31
6 – Pedro Cerrano – $51
7 – Pantera Nera – $4.20 with Sportsbet
8 – Let it Develop – $11