Aussies ditch racing ban in New South Wales
As had been looking increasingly likely in the past few months, the New South Wales government yesterday bowed to public opinion and reversed its previous decision to ban greyhound racing in the Australian State.
The NSW Premier Mike Baird shocked the greyhound world when announcing the ban a few months back but the public have reacted very negatively to the decision and the government saw their support in the polls drop.
Realising that they had scored a dramatic own goal, Premier Baird yesterday admitted that "I got it wrong, the Cabinet got it wrong and the Government got it wrong. I am sorry".
It is a huge blow to Baird's government but strict new guidelines have been introduced in NSW which will limit the number of greyhounds to be bred in a year to 2,000 while also introducing life bans and jail sentences for animal welfare issues.
Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess heads the entries for the two-run Open 750 which commences at Shelbourne on Saturday.
She has already won the Gain Corn Cuchulainn and also the Derby Final Night 750 and another victory would make her a leading candidate for the Stayer of the Year award.
It promises to be an interesting competition with the likes of Boylesports Duke, Marys Note, Beaming Coyote, Clonkeen Class, Benro Mickey and Skywalker Rossa also among the entries.
By the way, one staying star we won't be seeing in action again is Liam Dowling's Ballymac Bonnie which came into season and has been mated to Pinpoint Maxi.
Word of another Dowling star Ballymac Matt is that last year's Derby winner has had a nail removed and he will be aimed at the Night of Stars on November 12 if he has recovered in time.
A few young dogs which are likely contest the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon in the coming weeks will be in action at Shelbourne this evening. Pat Buckley plans to have five challengers and one of them, Droopys Almond (9.43) should win the A3/4 final, while Jaytee Samurai (9.13) is another likely to go to Wimbledon.