Trainer Notice: Kennel Cough and Canine Haemorrhagic Pneumonia
GBGB has issued further advice on kennel cough, with trainers and owners being advised to keep alert for coughing or off colour greyhounds.
Trainers and owners are also being asked to be vigilant for signs of more severe disease, called Canine Haemorrhagic Pneumonia (CHP) – the key signs to look out for are sudden-onset fever, panting and off-colour.
The advice document can be viewed here or downloaded from the Trainers’ Portal on the GBGB website.
Following a meeting held yesterday, the GBGB Board has been considering the best process for the Greyhound Derby in 2022. As part of this, the Board is determined to secure a longer-term home for the prestigious competition.
To this end, tenders will still be sought from tracks to host the 2022 event but wherever appropriate, GBGB is keen to receive businesses cases that establish ambition and plans for continuing to host the Derby beyond 2022.
GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird said:
“Towcester held a fantastic Derby this year and we are grateful to Kevin and the team for hosting it.
“We understand that owners and trainers all want the Derby to have a more permanent home so that they can plan for what is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the racing calendar. GBGB completely supports this position whilst recognising that we must still go through the necessary due diligence to ensure that the Derby goes ahead in the appropriate way in terms of finance, resource and sponsorship.
“We are therefore welcoming tenders to hold the competition in 2022 and beyond. There will be a requirement for a negotiated contract to be in place with whichever track is successful to safeguard and protect all interested parties.”
Expressions of interest from tracks to be received by Friday 6th August 2021.
Detailed bids, including confirmed sponsorship arrangements by Friday 27th August 2021.
Derby Panel to meet and confirm Derby host – week beginning 30th August 2021.
Greyhound Retirement Scheme Dispensation for Owners Extended
As the Greyhound Retirement Scheme (GRS) approaches its first anniversary, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain has announced an extension of the dispensation for owners.
Under the scheme, owners are required to pay £200 towards their greyhound’s eventual retirement at the same time as registering their greyhound with GBGB. This is in addition to the GBGB registration fee and a greyhound is not allowed to race or trial until this payment has been made. This contribution is matched by GBGB creating a £400 bond that is released when a greyhound enters an approved rehoming centre.
For the first year of the scheme, owners were only required to pay £100 towards the GRS at the point of registration with the remainder due any time up to or on their greyhound’s retirement. By spreading the cost of the payment, GBGB hoped to make participation in the scheme more manageable for owners thereby securing the future retirement of as many greyhounds as possible.
GBGB has now announced a four-month extension to this dispensation until the end of 2021. Any owners registering their greyhounds from 1 January 2022 will be expected to pay the full £200 upon registration with GBGB.
Announcing the extension, GRS Co-ordinator, Paula Beniston said:
“We have been overwhelmed by the response to the GRS and over the past year have welcomed over 8,000 greyhounds to the scheme. Having spoken to many owners across the sport, it is clear that they value the scheme which gives them peace of mind that their greyhound’s future retirement is safe and secure. However with many people still feeling the financial pinch of Covid, it seems only fair to extend the dispensation for four months allowing owners to spread the cost of registering their greyhound in the scheme.
“As we announced last month, GBGB, through the British Greyhound Racing Fund, has contributed over £1 million to the GRS and it has been fantastic to hear of so many wonderful rehoming stories from across the country. The GRS truly has been a step change for the industry and we look forward to building on its success over the coming years.”
Following an election count held today, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is pleased to announce that Paul Carpenter has been appointed as the new Owners’ Practitioner on the GBGB Board.
Paul will take up the post with immediate effect and will attend his first main Board meeting in September.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul said:
“In taking up the position of Owners’ Representative for GBGB, I look forward to working with the Board and committee members to drive forward the sport and, most importantly, to ensure that the views and ideas of owners are brought to the table.
“I have been clear all along that I want to be a voice for all owners, and I will be looking to establish a network of local owners’ representatives for each track. I am under no illusion that this will be an easy task but I very much welcome the challenge.
“Finally, I think Tom should be applauded for putting his hand up for the election. All of us want the best for our sport and for our greyhounds and I am delighted to have the chance to support the Board’s work on behalf of owners.”
Welcoming the news, Mark Bird, GBGB Managing Director, said:
“We are very pleased to welcome Paul to the GBGB Board. With 30 years’ experience as an owner, he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge.
“Throughout his campaign, Paul was clear that he wanted to open up channels of communication between owners and the Board. We look forward to supporting him to implement this pledge as he takes up his post in order to keep our sport moving forward successfully.
“Our sincere thanks to Tom Steadman for standing in this election and to all owners who voted in the ballot.”
GBGB is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Track Liaison Officer. Mark Peacock will take up the newly created role on 6th September and will work closely with every GBGB track to ensure greyhounds are racing on the safest possible surfaces. He will work alongside STRI (formerly the Sports Turf Research Institute) as they provide expert advice and guidance on all aspects of track preparation and maintenance.
Mr Mark Peacock
A highly experienced turf and grounds manager, Mark joins GBGB from Godolphin Horseracing Stable where he is currently Gallops Manager responsible for the safe and smooth running of the Team’s extensive training gallops. He holds a distinction in Racecourse Management from the Institute of Groundsmanship and is experienced in preparing and maintaining a range of racing surfaces.
Prior to joining Godolphin, Mark was the Assistant Head Groundsman at Huntingdon Racecourse where he was responsible for ensuring the racecourse was prepared to Jockey Club standards. This included the planned and preventative maintenance of the track and equipment as well as a yearly overhaul of the track to ensure it was properly prepared for the racing season.
Commenting on his appointment, Mark Peacock said: “I am very much looking forward to joining GBGB and getting to know teams across the licensed tracks. Having worked in horseracing for over 20 years, I know how important it is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our athletes at all times. Without the very highest safety measures, we cannot have sports involving animals and I am committed to upholding and building on the excellent safety standards which already exist across licensed greyhound racing.”
GBGB Managing Director, Mark Bird, said: “We were fortunate to attract a number of very strong applications for this new role both from within and outside greyhound racing. Mark’s experience and expertise in animal welfare and track preparation, however, meant he was ideally placed to take on this role and we are delighted to welcome him to the GBGB team.
“Mark will play a key role as we work to reduce track injuries further. We have made good progress in recent years but I am confident that through Mark’s advice and guidance, we can make significant progress in this area and bring about long-term sustainable improvements.”
The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has introduced a new update to its website today with the launch of the GBGB Owners’ Portal.
The online portal is a dedicated area for registered owners and has been designed to support the important administration involved with greyhound ownership. Through the portal, owners can now receive key updates and information from GBGB and retire their greyhounds using the new online GBGB Retirement Form (‘Green Form’).
Using the online retirement form is the easiest and most convenient way for owners to inform GBGB of their greyhound’s retirement destination. While GBGB transitions to the new online system, it will still accept the physical paper forms if owners would prefer to send them via the post.
Letters have been sent to all registered owners with instructions outlining how they can create and verify their accounts to access the new portal. Over the coming weeks and months, owners can expect to see updates to the portal as it continues to be developed.
Duncan Gibson, GBGB Welfare and Integrity Manager, said: “Since the inception of our new website in June 2019, we have been continuing to implement changes to help improve communication to all stakeholders and ensure our services are easy to use. Following the launch of the GBGB Trainers’ Portal, we are delighted that the GBGB Owners’ Portal is now live.
“We hope that this will make it easier for owners to view all the greyhounds in their ownership and ensure the retirement process can begin as smoothly as possible. Should owners require further information or any assistance accessing the portal they should not hesitate to get in touch by emailing email@example.com.”