Friday racing: NSW greyhound ban evidence found to be flawed

Updated: July 14, 2016


The case for Premier Mike Baird’s greyhound ban has been severely undermined after it emerged that graphic evidence used to justify the shutdown was more than 10 years old and was not remotely related to any activity in NSW. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph is reporting that errors have also been found in calculations in the report, adding to the seven mistakes and amendments that have already been acknowledged by its author, former High Court judge Michael McHugh.

In another blow to the document’s credibility, the report cites research carried out by an animal rights group, partly via social media and “personal contacts” of the research team, who questioned only a small number of people in NSW. A dog breeder who makes a highly emotive claim that he drowned surplus puppies is actually from the US and speaking prior to 2005. Mr McHugh linked the breeder’s quotes to shocking claims that up to 40 per cent of greyhounds born in NSW never make it to the racetrack.

The report reads: “The evidence shows that 40 per cent of those greyhounds whelped never make it to the racetrack. As one breeder stated, ‘Dogs who don’t have the instinct [to chase] or the tools to be a consistent winner, well a good handler can spot it a mile away … most of the time I’d drown the pups’.” But the man being quoted was not a NSW breeder — he was an American called “Ernie” operating in the US. Mr McHugh sourced the quote from a 2015 report by the Working Dog Alliance Australia, which failed to point out where “Ernie” was from.

The quote was originally printed by Canadian-based ­academics in a 2005 report about the US greyhound industry. It appeared “Ernie’s” reference to drowning puppies may refer to a period well prior to 2005. Other flaws in the McHugh report include a table of data comparing the number of dogs officially named in NSW to those making it to the racetrack that is based on incorrect percentage calculations. Opposition Leader Luke Foley said the doubts raised about the justification for the ban “confirmed the need for the government to hit the pause button”.


Today’s racing: Canberra (ACT – heavy 9), Geelong (Vic – synthetic), Scone (NSW – soft 6), Ipswich (Qld – good 4). Harness racing: Albion Park (Qld), Mildura (Vic), Young (NSW), Kilmore (Vic), Devonport (Tas), Port Pirie (SA), Gloucester Park (WA). Greyhound racing: Mount Gambier (SA), Grafton (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), The Gardens (NSW), Ipswich (Qld), Traralgon (Vic), Geelong (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Mandurah (WA).



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Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 3-0-5, +4.2 units; overall record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 672-85-1042, +355.9 units

Cranbourne R2 #12 Special Lover (win) LOSE (U/P)
Cranbourne R3 #12 Colonel Klink (win) LOSE (4th)
Cranbourne R8 #3 Oncidium Ruler (win) 1st ($3.20)
Grafton R3 #6 Zumikon (win) 1st ($3.40)
Grafton R7 #5 Amexed (E/W 1×2) LOSE (U/P)
Grafton R8 #3 Orujo (win) LOSE (3rd)
Rockhampton R2 #1 Quick And Easy (win) LOSE (4th)
Northam R6 #8 Mama Bear (E/W 1×2) 1st ($5.80/$1.90)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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