The Dunham centre schooling track, and what a gallop!
‘A real buzz about the place for British-breds meeting’
DAVE and Jane Houfton, who run the superb Dunham Centre schooling kennels just outside Newick, said Saturday’s British-bred Derby night at Newcastle was ‘the best we have enjoyed more than any night at a greyhound track for years.’
“Everyone at Newcastle was absolutely brilliant, there were real doggy people there, the 6-Packers as well, and I’d like to say a special thanks to the groundstaff who did a monumental job on the track after the deluge that came down on Tyneside on Saturday afternoon and forced the BAGS card there a few hours earlier to be abandoned!” said Dave.
The Houftons sponsored the two big races on the night, The Dunham Greyhound Centre British-bred Derby (for all-aged) and the same title for a competition for puppies (see adjacent story).
IT’S so good to see David Pruhs back on the open race road again and picking up where he left off after that sickening injury to probably the best dog he has ever had, Rotar Wing, at Sunderland last month.
Rotar Wing broke his back at the Tyne & Wear track and Pruhs, a member of GOBATA’s Racing Committee, was inconsolable for a long time afterwards and, truth be told, probably still is.
For, given any other year and no Jimmy Lollie, Rotar Wing would have won the sprint dog of the Year oscar hands down in 2010 for, in the two years he was with Pruhs, he won scores of opens, most of them in the cut and thrust business of two-bend sprinting.
GOBATA is encouraged by the response for investment in our Premier League project with chairman Martin White and Chris Page each reporting a positive feedback from investors.
"We are indeed encouraged, the Premier League is a huge undertaking and it is most satisfying to see so many greyhound supporters expressing an interest and wishing the competition well," said Martin.
The chairman was accompanied on Monday by Chris on a visit to the GBGB headquarters in London for a formal meeting to discuss the Premier League and met with Senior Stipendiary Steward, Paul Illingworth, and Amanda Duplock of the GBGB Calendar Department.
"Mr Illingworth was satisfied that our proposals were permissible in relation to the GBGB Rules of Racing," Martin added.
GOBATA has received various questions about the Premier League raised by members of the public. Below is our response to one which was posted on our website yesterday and encapsulates some of the concerns circulating. We believe this is an important initiative and it is proper to address all questions raised.
“With this latest premier league initiative, where on earth is a plan for the good of greyhound racing in general? A premier league inspires the great but the majority are lower league where is the plan for them? They represent 80% of your membership so what are you doing for them? Please do not say that the GBGB will not speak to us.
We need a greater debate and plan of action can we get one arranged?
A reply would be great.”
Reply from Martin White (Chairman):
The mission statement of GOBATA is as follows:
To give an effective voice to all greyhound practitioners, owners, breeders, trainers, and ancillary staff with the aim of assisting the GBGB to:
(A) Develop a commercial strategy for the greyhound industry that will halt its
continuing decline and be capable of sustaining the long term success of the sport
(B) Formulate policy on welfare and common issue interest
Point 1: With this latest premier league initiative, where on earth is a plan for the good of greyhound racing in general?
It is a known fact that greyhound racing is losing its popularity and facing many challenges, not least threats of track closures, lack of prize money and practitioners leaving the sport.
There is no magic wand which will make all of these problems disappear nor do we have any financial resource available to us to do so.