CURRENT figures from the GBGB reveal that the number of trainers registered this year is down by 76 compared with 2009 - and most of those are from the ranks of the Greyhound Trainer category.

The statistics are a sorry sign of the times with trainers hardly making ends meet, never mind making a living. All agree that they have never known things to be so bad and some are voting with their feet, just as owners are.

There are 564 Greyhound Trainers (restricted to 12 greyhounds) so far registered this year and 416 Professional Trainers, although GBGB registrar, Dave Levy, says there may be a few late applications in the post.
 
 
THERE has been much speculation, the majority misinformed, concerning the concept of a league system for greyhound trainers.

The headline title, 'Premier League,' was chosen to generate interest and sponsorship/backing revenues which could be used to boost all levels of our sport, the first kind of such an event was put forward by Dave Smith and Terry Saunders at our latest committee meeting.
 
 
WELCOME to the new GOBATA website, please navigate your way around and enjoy the improved service we offer not only our members but greyhound fans everywhere.

We believe you will find the site user-friendly and opening up the communication channels to all. There is a questions and answers section which invites you to contact us with any queries you may have and we will reply to all credible enquiries.

Other features include a video section which we will expand as time goes by to include interviews with industry leaders, owners, trainers and breeders.
 
 
IT took the most outstanding speed merchant-cum-sprinter in some 20 years to determine the destiny of the 2010 Greyhound Of The Year Award and the Oscar went, as if you couldn’t guess, to Seamus Cahill’s flying machine, Jimmy Lollie.

Winner of a record-equalling 37 opens last year, the word we have is that Jimmy, just like in so many of his races, won it by a street and so congratulations to Seamus and partner Teresa, who had cause for a double celebration when the other formality was announced – Seamus’s trainer of the year title.
 
 
Towcester, Premier League and GBGB all discussed at well attended gathering on 18 January.

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KENNELHANDS are considered the unsung heroes of greyhound racing, and rightly so. They work through wind, rain and snow - occasionally sunshine - and virtually dedicate most of the daylight hours caring for their greyhounds.

It is a labour of love because while they are not the highest-paid of workers they get on with the job and rarely complain if asked to start a little earlier or a little later on any given day, such is their commitment.

However, there are many others in this industry whose efforts rarely get the recognition they deserve, and we are talking about the hundreds, perhaps more, people who choose to spend their time looking after retired greyhounds.
 
 
THE news last month that greyhound racing would be receiving only around £6 million from the off-course Fund levy from betting shops this year is sure to put pressure on prizemoney. However, cutting prizemoney has done much to damage the sport over the years. In fact, greyhound promoters need to change their mindset and priorities if greyhound racing is to move forward. Low prizemoney has driven fed up greyhound owners away from the industry and is destroying the fabric of the sport.
 
 
A GOBATA member recently paid a visit to Belle Vue and was hardly impressed with what he saw. “The only thing keeping the carpet together upstairs was the chewing gum!” he said. Would have been funny were it not true  . . .
 
 
NEWCASTLE trainer Harry Williams is one of the most respected in the sport, with greyhounds such as New Level, Pond Hurricane, Zig Zag Kit, Laser Beam and, more recently, Blue Artisan, keeping him very much to the forefront of the open race circuit, particularly in the north.

Williams trains out of Bishop Auckland in County Durham and while his business pretty much keeps him occupied for much of the time, his views on  the sport are respected just as much as his training talents so, when he fires a word of warning on the future of greyhound racing industry, folk sit up and take notice.

"Greyhound racing has always been a hobby for me and I still get a buzz out of it", says Williams, who offered the proviso: "Basically there is nothing wrong with the game given good management and good promotion", implying that not everything management and promotion-wise is in good order.