Towcester set for Spring 2013 opening
Satellite Information Services and Towcester Racecourse today announce a ground-breaking agreement which will see greyhound racing from the UK’s newest dog track broadcast around the world.
Towcester’s greyhound track is expected to open in Spring 2013 – the first since Sittingbourne was unveiled in the 1990s. The £1.25m track will be situated on the inside of the racecourse, directly opposite the main grandstand, thereby enabling customers to view the entertainment from the plush surroundings of Towcester’s hospitality and corporate suites, renowned for their first class service. Read More
COMMENTS by GOBATA vice-chairman Charlie Lister in today’s Racing Post echo views expressed to GOBATA by many trainers during the course of this year. Nobody has yet explained why tracks are being dug up at such a rate. The fact that all this work is being done by the same company raises legitimate questions concerning the integrity of the tendering and payment process.
Failure to address the issue will result in allegations of corruption at the highest level of the sport, made worse by the fact that the welfare of greyhounds is possibly being compromised. Read More
GTA announces its Committee Representatives
The GTA are delighted to announce that their chosen representatives, Mark Wallis (Racing Committee), Jim Reynolds (Regulatory), Linda Jones (Welfare) and Michael Reynolds (Track Safety) will now be representing trainers on these important Committees. The GTA look forward to a constructive working relationship with the GBGB.
The GTA are alarmed at the number of trainers who are leaving the sport primarily through poor remuneration. Following the rejection of the GTA’s budget submission (as unanimously endorsed at the GTA extra-ordinary meeting at Coventry stadium in October) and the budget remaining at 2012 levels the GTA will be actively seeking to increase prize money and trainers renumeration. Read More
Bob Betts takes a swipe at the GRA
FORTY years in greyhound journalism and I cannot remember being at such a low ebb. In the early 70s the sport was buzzing. More than 50 tracks in the UK were treating us to some great action.
Brilliant performers such as Patricias Hope, Jimsun, Myrtown, Balliniska Band and Lacca Champion were thrilling the public and crowds of around 30,000 regularly attended Derby finals, which were run on lush turf at White City, London. Read More
Towcester chairman welcomes GOBATA go ahead
And we thank all who played a role in bringing the project to this stage
TOWCESTER chairman Lord Hesketh has described the successful application to construct a greyhound track at the racecourse as "the most exciting development to happen here since our £12 million reconstruction of the course." Read More
Dunham Devils run away with Betdaq Premier League at Doncaster
The GOBATA Championship was won by Ricky Holloway and Dean Childs’ The Only Way Is SOS (Save Our Stow) team who narrowly pipped The Golden Oldies. Read More
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