A GREYHOUND ‘war’ in servicing the betting industry was confirmed to have broken out on Thursday as Bags announced that SIS had lost the distribution rights for its fixtures from the end of the year.
However, with SIS believed to be holding long term deals with the major bookmakers for them to take UK greyhound racing from it, Bags is facing a major struggle – although will hope that Arena Racing Company (Arc), the horse racecourse group attempting to rival SIS via The Racing Partnership and which bought the Hills tracks at Newcastle and Sunderland, will see its established service as offering a better bet.
The animosity between the two organisations has been simmering for the past year since SIS attempted a hostile takeover of Bags and it was widely anticipated that the distribution rights would not be renewed into 2018.
Trainers' rep Peter Harnden: expressed a note of caution
Media Group looks to tie up trainer deals
By Jonathan Kay of the Racing Post
TRAINERS at tracks aligned to Greyhound Media Group (GMG) have been offered, and in many cases signed, contacts to supply greyhounds which, in effect, tie the trainers to the tracks concerned for a period of 18 months.
The move is the latest salvo in the increasingly bitter battle between SIS and The Racing Partnership as both bid to provide the required greyhound content for betting shops from 2018 onwards, with the long-term future of Bags uncertain as a result.
SIS has announced media rights deals with Central Park and Henlow in recent weeks with Doncaster and Harlow expected to follow, and it already has access to racing from the four stadia owned by Ladbrokes Coral, namely Crayford, Hove, Monmore and Romford. Peter Harnden, the trainers’ representative on the GBGB board, said the current media rights battle was “good news” but did express a note of caution.
?3. Greyhounds can't go open racing without written permission..??
Not strictly true "IF" as written in the press release!
This release implies that this would only apply to hounds submitted to the racing office AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK!
That's my take on things and would suggest that this is a safeguard against frivolous hound withdrawal only to find that said hound runs during the week in OR. This is surely to safeguard numbers at given tracks and no bad thing as we all moan about empty boxes come race day.
Once everything settles it will soon be business as usual - and for all the "bemoaners" - doom and gloom merchants, would tend to confirm that there is at least 18 month life left at the zoo despite the persistent rumors that the zoo is set to close by April?