...including £1m for graded competitions at all GBGB tracks... 

ALL 25 GBGB tracks will share a £1m prizemoney bonanza in a series of graded competitions to be staged over the next 15 months. 

The announcement came earlier this week from BGRF chairman Tom Kelly, who says competitions will be staged from October 1 this year round to December 30 next year and be based on the successful BAGS/SIS blueprint.

There will be 26 such events at each track carrying prizemoney in the finals of £500 to the winner and also rans £100 each. And the good news is that trainers have not been overlooked, they will receive £100 for fielding each winning finalist!
 
 
WE would like to congratulate Peter Laurie on his appointment as the new Chief Executive of the Retired Greyhound Trust.

On behalf of all practitioners, we thank him for his work in in his role as manager of Welfare & Integrity Services at the Greyhound Board of Great Britain and wish him the very best in his new role.

We would trust that Peter’s successor at the GBGB will continue to ensure that the welfare and integrity of greyhound racing remains both committed and strong and, at the same time, continues to review existing procedures for the best interest of the greyhounds and to make changes where necessary for the betterment of the breed.
 
 
THE Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) have donated a welcome and much-needed £75,000 to the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) which, like most sides of greyhound racing just now, is finding the economic climate difficult to cope with. 

“The donation is to help the Trust to boost its fund-raising profile during a tough time for the charity,” says the GBGB, and it is equally welcomed by those dedicated kennel hands who spend much of their time, many voluntarily, seeking homes for greyhounds. 

This contribution from BAGS follows on the back of the £100,000 prizemoney they donated to the BAGS/SIS Championship, a competition for graded dogs running at BAGS tracks and which is reported to be highly popular with the participating stadia, and owners and trainers.
 
 
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.