GREYHOUND racing is set to recommence in the American state of Texas after the sport was suspended at the end of 2015.
Racing will resume after track owners and dog breeders reached an agreement which will see condensed carnivals of events held at a variety of venues over the next two years.
The first lot of meetings will be held between November and February at the Valley Race Park located in Harlingen in South Texas. During this period there will be a total of 360 races run and won with a total prize money purse of US $2.2 million.
In late 2017, racing will be conducted at the Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque between November and February 2018.
Greyhound racing was last run in Texas at the Gulf Greyhound Park in late 2015, with racing suspended due to competition from casinos in Louisiana, paired with rising costs and the inability to get an expansion on the type of betting which is authorised at the tracks.
However, in April, the Texas Racing Commission, which regulates dog racing and horse racing within the state, approved the agreement to see the two tracks hold a new schedule of racing over the next two years.
While not directly related to Australia, the news is a massive boost for greyhound racing enthusiasts worldwide who are still coming to terms with the shock announcement that the sport will be banned in New South Wales as of July 1, 2017.
The decision was announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird on July 7, 2016, following the release of the Special Commission of Inquiry report tabled by Justice Michael McHugh.
Baird and Grant will be aiming to pass the legislation at the next meeting of the assembly on August 2, however several Nationals MPs as well as the NSW Labor Party have already voiced their disapproval for the ban which would make it illegal to breed, own or train greyhounds within the state.