The Greyhound Racing Industry Consultation Group (GRICG) last met with the GRNSW Board and GRNSW Chief Executive Brent Hogan on 29 October 2014.
Present from GRICG were members Ron Arnold, George Hayes, Wayne Billett, Bob Green and Robert Whitelaw.
The following issues were raised with the GRNSW Board:
Mr Green suggested that greyhounds being drawn as a reserve should be able to roll their nomination over to an alternative meeting on the basis that the greyhound will contest the first event for which it is actually required and be withdrawn from the second event penalty free. Mr Hogan undertook to discuss the matter with the GRNSW Racing Operations department.
Nomination Closing Times
Mr Billett agreed to prepare a paper and discuss a suggested solution with GRNSW Racing Operations Manager Adam Rutter regarding nomination extensions.
Grading Point Scores
Mr Hayes requested that each greyhound’s Grading Policy Point Score appear in the race book. Mr Hogan noted that this was a matter being considered but was unlikely to be completed within 12 months given work order and priority of IT related tasks currently being undertaken.
Mr Hayes requested that each stewards report should start with an acknowledgement of the winner of the race. Mr Hogan will raise this request with the GRNSW Integrity department.
Bob Whitelaw Email Exchange
Mr Whitelaw tabled documentation relating to an exchange of emails between himself and a club administrator. Ms McGregor undertook to consider the documents.
GRICG members noted continuing concerns among trainers about the conduct of performance trials and their purpose. GRICG members acknowledged the integrity purpose of these trials and undertook to prepare a paper for the consideration of GRNSW, which balanced the concerns of trainers with the integrity role of the performance trials.
Mr Arnold raised the issue of guarding in races and specifically the operational concern where a trainer has multiple greyhounds drawn in a later race requiring multiple handlers and catchers. It was suggested that where it appears likely a trainer is to have multiple runners drawn in the one race, consideration should be given to GRNSW contacting the trainer and alerting them to the situation to confirm whether they wish to proceed. GRNSW undertook to consider the matter.
Next GRICG consultation - 16/12/14
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