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pompey rat
31 Dec 17 16:11
Date Joined: 03 Apr 03
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Approx 600 people at Hove track this morning, including 300 in the restaurant. Sundays now finished to race on Tuesday afternoons in an empty stadium. World has gone mad!
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Report garryc December 31, 2017 4:27 PM GMT
i can see this new deal not lasting too long as there is way too many meetings, so sundays might be back in the future ,hove probably the best track in the country along with newcastle
Report a bitofinterest December 31, 2017 5:24 PM GMT
and harlow
Report a bitofinterest December 31, 2017 5:24 PM GMT
and harlow
Report Winja December 31, 2017 5:30 PM GMT
its the opposite of what is required in promoting greyhound racing in the uk.......although hove will be compensated for the losses in food and drink you say will be to an empty stadium.......the ruling body who oversee greyhound racing should flex their arms in this ridiculous media rights war.....apart from the changes in racing days there is also the welfare issue, pressure of racing strength, quality of product.....there is enough disruption to normal practice for the GBGB to make some rulings rather than leave the product loose for personal gain.....they should control the sport and media rights should only be allocated through a strict code of control managed by the ruling body.......would any other sport be so detached......
Report 28dogs December 31, 2017 8:28 PM GMT
It is complete madness and difficult to see how it can last.  If nothing else, the welfare issue will be difficult to defend - it is not just the retired dogs but the fact that promoters are having to buy anything that has 4 legs (not all of them sound) and give them to trainers to boost kennel strengths.

Central Park and Henlow are two that are already struggling with kennel strengths and it is only just about to start.

As an owner, who wants their dogs running in the mornings when you can't get to the track or watch on TV?  What is the incentive to buy dogs that you never see race? 

It will be very interesting to see how it pans out but I don't see it ending well. 

As Winja says, the GBGB has, as usual, been completely inept and stood by as the chaos looms on the horizon.  Someone somewhere will do very well out of it all in the short term but it will unlikely be owners and it certainly won;t be the dogs.  Very sad state of affairs.
Report Lightbulbs Fan Club January 5, 2018 9:40 AM GMT
Total madness....after a few months when the betting shops realise this has generated no new turnover at all (in fact probably lost business), then the plug will start to get pulled from the deal...whats left then? Really is short-sighted stupidity...cannot see the game still being around in another decade at this rate tbh
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