Stewards query Kay; some finish-on-lure trials put on hold

THINGS are continuing to heat up in the greyhound racing industry after last week’s co-ordinated RSPCA and police raids targeting alleged live-baiting in the sport.

Champion Queensland trainer Reg Kay is set to face an interview with today (Monday) after he made comments to Australian Racing Greyhound admitting he was trialling at ’s private trial track the same morning two wild pigs were removed from the property.

The raid subsequently left seven participants stood down, including Noble.

Kay told Australian Racing Greyhound on Saturday he had nothing to do with any alleged live-baiting activity at the premises and that it not an activity in which he partakes.

“I trialled early, I put four pups around with wool on the arm, I didn’t see any live stuff there. I have never seen any live stuff there,” he said.

“We don’t give live kills, we use wool. Our dogs are broken in on wool and squeakers and we keep them on that.”

general manager of Integrity and Steward Operations confirmed in a press release Kay would be meeting with RQ stewards to discuss his comments.

“In light of the comments attributed to Mr Kay confirming his attendance at the property prior to Wednesday’s operation, stewards have requested he be interviewed tomorrow (Monday),” Mr Birch said.

“Mr Kay has co-operated with that request and has denied he was involved in the alleged activity.”

In further news, some tracks in New South Wales have suspended finish-on-lure trials as a response to the live-baiting raids, despite the practice being legal.

Finish-on-lure trials use a humanely killed dead rabbit on the arm as incentive for the greyhounds to chase which they are then able to ‘grab’ upon completing their runs.

Executive officer of the Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association Brenton Scott confirmed to Australian Racing Greyhound that finish-on-lure trials had been stopped immediately at certain tracks following last week’s raids in Queensland, New South Wales and .

“The matter has been for discussion at the board of directors’ meeting next Saturday, February 21, 2015,” he said in an email.

“In the meantime, ongoing communication will take place with .

“Some GBOTA tracks have suspended finish-on trials until such time as the meeting of directors takes place. However, I expect that a blanket GBOTA position will be in place following the (February) 21 meeting.”

The actions taken by these tracks came on the eve of the ABC’s Four Corners investigation into the sport in an episode titled ‘Making A Killing’.

Scott said the alleged illegal happenings should not affect a widely practised training method that offers a legal and humane alternative to .

“The RSPCA raids of last week and media coverage flagged for this week have and are expected to identify live-baiting practices.

“Such practices are illegal and barbaric and cannot be condoned in any shape or form. The practices have, however, taken place at private facilities or training tracks.

“This, in itself, does not mean that finish-on trials, conducted in a legally compliant and controlled manner at racetracks, need to be abandoned.”

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John Tracey
John Tracey
6 years ago

Thanks Katherine for being on the front foot with the above article. To avoid confusion and allay doubt as to the benefit of finish ons in training and racing with artificial lures in greyhound racing. Reg Kay’s lure of wool and a vibrator should work better than a dead rabbit as greyhounds are responsive to sight rather than smell. On a previous similar thread I mentioned that the control bodies need to flesh out the penalty involved in the various welfare acts they are adopting by reference into their policy. I have hunted down the clause 20 of the prevention… Read more »

Anita LaLa Blueberries
Anita LaLa Blueberries
6 years ago

#MakingAKilling

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

Bye Bye  Mr Kay you were caught on camera last night at the trial track while they were carrying out the appalling live baiting and you say you saw nothing.

Lois Broad
Lois Broad
6 years ago

We will not allow a few bad apples to ruin a whole industry …. everybody needs to remain positive and all work together to ensure this doesn’t happen again!!

Retired grey
Retired grey
6 years ago

Louis, I have retired greyhounds, and love them to bits. If you are a legit trainer you need to condemn these hillbilly mongrels and do it loudly if you want the public to believe you care for your dogs. I’m sure that “good trainers” knew who was doing live baiting but turned a blind eye, they are just as guilty as those mongrels on Four Corners. The best way to help yourselves is to come out and blast these bastards and name and shame the ones that haven’t been caught yet, because I bet there are more and the people… Read more »

Retired grey
Retired grey
6 years ago

Apologies. Lois darn spell check changed your name.

Jason
Jason
6 years ago

John Tracey Its common knowledge all dogs see the world through smell as their No 1 sense, so you are totally wrong John

Jason
Jason
6 years ago

John Tracey Also the Rabbits were not dead they were alive

John Tracey
John Tracey
6 years ago

Retired grey Great that the silent majority are presenting views. The “lions” that have been caught red handed will become “canaries” if they have not already and will be racing to provide state evidence on others to avoid jail time . The fact that some trainers have been taking advantage over the majority by involving themselves in criminal activities explains the previous mystery to me of why mechanical devises are not used in finish ons in races as they are done in New Zealand. It is obvious now that part of the reason was that the cheats advising the various… Read more »

Use Kay as bait
Use Kay as bait
6 years ago

What a lying pig Reg Kay is.

John Tracey
John Tracey
6 years ago

Thanks Katherine for being on the front foot with the above article. To avoid confusion and allay doubt as to the benefit of finish ons in training and racing with artificial lures in greyhound racing. Reg Kay’s lure of wool and a vibrator should work better than a dead rabbit as greyhounds are responsive to sight rather than smell. On a previous similar thread I mentioned that the control bodies need to flesh out the penalty involved in the various welfare acts they are adopting by reference into their policy. I have hunted down the clause 20 of the prevention… Read more »

Anita LaLa Blueberries
Anita LaLa Blueberries
6 years ago

#MakingAKilling

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

Bye Bye  Mr Kay you were caught on camera last night at the trial track while they were carrying out the appalling live baiting and you say you saw nothing.

Lois Broad
Lois Broad
6 years ago

We will not allow a few bad apples to ruin a whole industry …. everybody needs to remain positive and all work together to ensure this doesn’t happen again!!

Retired grey
Retired grey
6 years ago

Louis, I have retired greyhounds, and love them to bits. If you are a legit trainer you need to condemn these hillbilly mongrels and do it loudly if you want the public to believe you care for your dogs. I’m sure that “good trainers” knew who was doing live baiting but turned a blind eye, they are just as guilty as those mongrels on Four Corners. The best way to help yourselves is to come out and blast these bastards and name and shame the ones that haven’t been caught yet, because I bet there are more and the people… Read more »

Retired grey
Retired grey
6 years ago

Apologies. Lois darn spell check changed your name.

Jason
Jason
6 years ago

John Tracey Its common knowledge all dogs see the world through smell as their No 1 sense, so you are totally wrong John

Jason
Jason
6 years ago

John Tracey Also the Rabbits were not dead they were alive

John Tracey
John Tracey
6 years ago

Retired grey Great that the silent majority are presenting views. The “lions” that have been caught red handed will become “canaries” if they have not already and will be racing to provide state evidence on others to avoid jail time . The fact that some trainers have been taking advantage over the majority by involving themselves in criminal activities explains the previous mystery to me of why mechanical devises are not used in finish ons in races as they are done in New Zealand. It is obvious now that part of the reason was that the cheats advising the various… Read more »

Use Kay as bait
Use Kay as bait
6 years ago

What a lying pig Reg Kay is.