Dumped

MPs who crossed the floor removed as Parliamentary secretaries

NATIONALS MPs Katrina Hodgkinson and Chris Gulaptis have been removed from their positions as parliamentary secretaries of southern and Northern New South Wales. The news...

Evidence from an alleged greyhound grave goes missing

EVIDENCE relating to an alleged greyhound burial site in the Hunter Valley has been removed prior to the RSPCA conducting an inquiry into the matter....

Do we need this sort of racing?

UNABLE to find my usual Horsham fields this Tuesday I suddenly realised that Warrnambool had taken over to run their annual picnic race meetings, titled...

Greyhounds Australasia has no substance in over-breeding document

This is a corporate failure of monumental proportions. Greyhounds Australasia, in circulating to state CEOs a supposedly confidential document about alleged over-breeding, has assumed it...

How to judge the worth of greyhound racing administrations

IT IS enough to make a grown man cry. Or even wonder about your own sanity. So far, seven men and one woman have stated...

Does politics rule greyhound racing?

Can a “right” be achieved by doing the wrong thing? Perhaps in Victoria. Leaving aside suspensions and disqualifications, the first real action from racing authorities...

Victorian greyhound inquiries offer debatable solutions

OFFICIAL reports on live baiting from two states are showing some similarities. Both Queensland and Victorian investigators have called for a change in the makeup...

Greyhound racing boards gone: What will replace them?

GOVERNMENTS in the three eastern states – those with the country’s largest greyhound populations – have now completed the Trifecta and sent their original greyhound...

Needed – A fair go for both greyhounds and punters

WHILE on the question of declining city field standards, it is also worth mentioning the increasing habit of creating country-to-city heats and final events. These...

News wrap: Newson says animal cruelty will be stamped out

THE stand-in CEO of Greyhound Racing New South Wales, Paul Newson, has received an interim report from Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Madden into claims that...

Two charged after greyhound carcasses found

TWO people have been arrested and charged in Bundaberg, Queensland, after the shocking discovery of 55 greyhound carcasses in bushland earlier this week. A 71-year-old...

Who’s on first base?

THE age old Abbott and Costello skit seems to be getting another run in the beautiful state. It’s becoming hard to understand how Queensland greyhound...

Pots calling kettles black is risky

CUSTOMARILY, I do not address personalities in these columns, rather I comment on events and policies. However, some of the stuff going around is beyond...

Judgement day will come, but not just yet

IF LIVE baiting was not a lead story before, it certainly is now – and deservedly so. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote three news pieces...

Chute for the stars – interest sparked in track improvements

OUR item about the hassles with bend starts (ARG, February 3) was an immediate hit with readers, all in favour of getting rid of them...

Voters Needed For Two States And NSW Greyhounds

The five-yearly review of the NSW Greyhound Racing Act is under way. This is a normal statutory requirement but has been pre-empted by the recent...

Your Taxes At Work

Out of the blue, a new distance has suddenly appeared at Bulli. I can’t find or recall any previous mention of this but the club...

The Topgun – More Background

Good to hear some comments from readers about my review of the TOPGUN. But, no, I was not talking from my back pocket as I...

Confessions Of A Partly Successful Writer

Mostly we get good reactions to our articles here, but occasionally a reader takes me to task about a comment I have made. I skip...

Country Racing – A Vital Part Of The System

Visiting five tracks and four meetings in four days, as I did last week around the western half of Victoria, offers a terrific perspective of...

The Treasure Hunt Continues

First sectional times are vital information – right? They tell us how the race will be set up. Forget 2nd sectionals and run home times...

Profits Are Not Always In Cash

There are two ways the industry can make money. One is to get more people to have a bet. The other is to spend capital...

Not Finished Yet

The extraordinary thing about the finish-on-lure (FOL) option is that it seems to work well yet people don’t like it. Well, some people don’t. It’s...

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

It is never easy to get to the heart of things in the racing industry. Here are some topical examples. CASE 1. Earlier (see Truth...

Manawatu Greyhound Club Buckles As GRNZ Call In Debt

The Manawatu Greyhound Racing Club is scrambling for money to pay off a massive debt it says was dumped on it last year by the...