Greyhound club working on submission

The dogs are continuing to go around at Forbury Park and the club has not given up hope of holding meetings next season.

Like its harness racing counterpart, the greyhound track at Forbury Park was not allocated any race dates next season. It had 27 meetings scheduled for this season.

Otago Greyhound Racing Club general manager John Carlyle confirmed the club was working its way through putting in a submission to the Racing Industry Transition Agency which set the calendar.

"We would like to know the reasons behind the decision. They have never been in touch so that is disappointing as it has affected a lot of lives," he said.

"I think there could have been a bit of common courtesy and they would have been up front with what they are doing.

"We have a loyal bunch of people here who have been supporting the meetings and feel aggrieved with what has happened."

The club has had trials over the past couple of Sundays and had about 25 dogs at one trials meeting and 18 last Sunday.

He said trainers from Christchurch enjoyed the track at Forbury Park and it was not as much a speed track as the track in Addington. Not every dog liked the Addington track and so trainers brought their dogs south.

The first of many small meetings is scheduled for Invercargill later this week at the same time as a harness racing meeting.

The submissions to RITA about the calendar are due by the middle of next month with a final decision to be made by July 3.


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