THE GBGB are to foot the bill of those trainers duped by a bogus veterinary surgeon who ‘practised’ at Swindon track and carried out ‘veterinary kennel inspections’ as per GBGB requirements.

When the word was out about the masquerading vet the ruling body ordered that the trainers had their kennels re-inspected. 

 
 
HAS any trainer out there experienced any problems with the recently-introduced annual veterinary kennel inspections? If so, get in touch while the same applies to the Point Of Sampling rule, whereby new greyhounds for GBGB registration must provide a urine sample.

 
 
Swindon scandal beggars belief... 

A track vet who, among other things, is charged to advise the stewards that a racing surface is unsafe and, equally as important, to pronounce that a greyhound is fit and ready to race, or otherwise, has perhaps the most responsible and important of all roles at our tracks. 

Quite how many vets have had the bottle to dare suggest that a surface is unfit for racing we would not like to speculate but those who have stood up to ‘management’ have, more often than not, been talked out of it and sat down again!

The alleged bogus vet at Swindon scandal defies belief and begs the only too obvious question: who appointed the bogus man in the first place and did they bother to vet his credentials? A fairly important thing to do we’d have thought!
 
 
Acclaimed nutrition expert to visit Dunham Greyhound Centre next week... 

JOHN KOHNKE, widely acclaimed throughout the world as one of the leading authorities on the greyhound breed, is to visit the Dunham Greyhound Centre on Wednesday, 24 August and proprietors Dave and Jane Houfton have
extended an open invitation to owners, trainers and enthusiasts from 12.30pm onwards. 

Kohnke, who for many years worked as a greyhound vet at tracks around the Sydney area, has been a regular contributor to the Greyhound Star for 27 years and written a number of books, published worldwide, on the care and
nutrition of greyhounds. 

He has given more than 500 greyhound seminars all over the world and is generally considered the number one authority on nutrition. Visitors to the Dunham Centre next week will be invited to put questions to Khonke, an opportunity that should not be missed.

For details and location of the Dunham Greyhound Centre, which is not far from Charlie Lister’s kennels at Newark, go to dunhamgreyhoundcentre.co.uk.
 
 
THE future of the Dean Childs-trained Deanridge Rage hangs in the balance after the dog broke a metatarsal bone when holding a qualifying position in a heat of the Arc at Swindon on Monday. He gamely hobbled round but finished a distance behind the winner, Paul Sallis’s Mark My Words. 

"He's an October 07 dog and isn’t getting any younger and, depending on how he responds to treatment, will need at least three months off, which means he would more or less be into his fourth year should he return to racing," said Childs, who trains at the Ockendon kennels in Essex.
 
 
DENIS BEARY of the Canine Sports Medicine Clinic in County Kildare is one of the most respected vets in Ireland, particularly when it comes to the racing and coursing greyhound, no wonder then he was at pains to voice his opinion over the design of the new track at Limerick due to open later this year.

In a recent letter to the Racing Post, he expressed concern over the proposed radius of the bends at the track and invited vets worldwide to comment on "this design". At present, the bends at Limerick are to have a radius of 40.8 metres with the straights 107 metres in length.

"The general consensus is that the radius of the bends should be a minimum of 50 metres, although one party felt it should be a minimum of 45 metres if the traps are no more than 35 metres from the first bend", wrote Beary.