I see Captain Bob has returned from his holiday and the panic button has been well and truly hit..
In my opinion 16 trainers at the ZOO is ample, but as we all know quite a lot of greyhounds are unavailable at this time for one reason or another and the threat of seeing 5 dogs races / vacant traps was I suppose very much on the cards.
NOW THEN WHO WILL OUR NEW TRAINER / TRAINER'S BE I WONDER
in my opinion its a two horse race between Mr Alyward and Mr Cutler as both trainers can provide graded and open race dogs which will get "Bobby Dazzler" off the hook!! Lets face it, opens arnt filling and the same dogs are taking part each week in opens. To catch big fish, use big bait!
Due to the amount of injuries of existing track dogs, it seems an erratic call has been made to employ a further trainer just to maintain numbers, but what happens when all existing dogs on the easy list are available to be included on the racing strength. Its hard enough to get requal trials and races on a weekly basis,
The car park isn't big enough for another van and the queues to weigh in and to trot for the vet will only be longer.
Please remind me to get my joiner on Monday morning to make me a plague for Bobs desk saying " LOOK AFTER YOUR TOOLS AND THEY WILL LOOK AFTER YOU" AMEN!!
Get your act together make it viable to owners to buy new dogs, this has got to be the long term answer to keeping the graded strength up. For starters give owners any deals that are on offer at BV without all that sh!te of ...love the dogs.....rabit rabitt ect , now we have a new or type of new management heading BV lets have a change of thinking......your thoughts please....
Ernie Skeech could be a possibility but I believe he only has a dog and a bitch in his kennel
He probably has a small set up at this time.
But given an opportunity to race his greyhounds in graded races at the ZOO how do we know that in time this particular trainer may decide to look for larger kennels and expand his currant set-up if given a chance to.
Are there any accessible figures available giving the number of dogs each trainer has. I ask this as are 16 trainers would need 20 fit runners to fulfil the present 4 meetings, are the larger kennels suffering because some of the smaller kennels don't have the amount of dogs they are contracted to supply, ..just a thought....
If belle vue was to open the place up to owner trainers they would be able to increase there racing strength and save money. The owner trainers would't be under contract so the track wouldn't have to pay them contact money/retainer money for every dog that appears. They could finish them when ever they like if thing were not working out. They could allow a small number of owners trainers, say ten to apply to be attached to belle vue, maybe limit them to no more than four greyhounds on the strength and only use there dogs for evening non bags meetings. When owner trained dogs run the trainer may turn up with there family and friends so you may get at least two or so more people coming to the track for the evening, that could mean more tables booked in the restaurant. There's a lot of greyhounds which run on belle vue now that are owned by the present trainers, but when these dogs are on the card nobody comes to watch them run, so allowing owner trainers would increase the tracks attendance. And one day some of the owner trainers may wish to progress and become a professional trainer. When your advertise for a new trainer the likelyhood is a new trainer will come from another track, so its just musical chairs with trainers and dogs and then the track they come from is then shorter of available greyhounds. What's needed is new blood, new opportunities for owner trainers, assistant trainers and kennel hands to expand and become professional trainers. Maybe once the speedway has gone they should think about building some kennel blocks behind the old results board and renting them off like there was once there donkeys years ago.