GRNSW CEO UPDATE - 10/04/2020

GRNSW CEO UPDATE - 10/04/2020


With the constantly developing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Greyhound Racing NSW believes it is crucial to keep all participants up to date on all news involving the industry.

As such, we are encouraging all participants with questions pertaining to the COVID-19 situation, to email us here at GRNSW.

Each day I will do my best to answer questions from participants and publish them across our website and social media platforms.

If you have any questions, please email them to the following address:

Any important developments will also be published in media releases across our GRNSW network as required.

Here’s what our teams at GRNSW are being asked right now, with the responding answers (and please keep in mind that this is both an unprecedented and fast-moving situation).

1. Q: Tony, all good and well that you say Dubbo is going to get a higher stake money race, what about Bathurst. Are all tracks going to get equal races with this prizemoney?

A: We will be rotating the increased prizemoney between our tracks.

2. Q: As a punter, I’ve never seen full fields at Dapto like tonight’s one (April 9), even on other tracks too, and that is important if you’re having a wager on exotics. Well done to you and your team to implement those strict biosecurity measures which make trainers and participants feel safe to be on those tracks.

A: We have done everything we can for the biosecurity, as I have said from day one, the main objective is the health and safety of our participants. I totally agree with your comments about full fields, and yes it is good to see that happening during this time.

3. Q: Tony there is not enough being done to cater for 600 metre dogs in the Northern Rivers. I understand we are in trying times.

A: As I mentioned we are continually looking at the racing schedule and programming. I will mention your concern to our racing team.

4. Q: Tony I was wondering if you knew why the Redhead trial track was not opening during this time? Has it been closed for any particular reason?

A:  The reason for Redhead not trialling is because the volunteer members who run the trials are mostly over 70 and some have pre-existing health issues. The club had discussion with the volunteers about the virus and some agreed it was in the best interest of their welfare that the trials be ceased until the situation changes. The track is maintained, and open for dogs to be free galloped (hand slipped) from sunrise to sunset, seven days every week. An honesty box is available for members to pay the $2 per dog fee so there is no need for contact with caretaker. The club has said they will monitor the situation and hope to resume as soon as they have the required staff to run the trials.

5. Q: I own a couple of greyhounds and when I have visited my trainer out at Richmond, I have seen the placid former racing dogs he has on his property. I think in these times they would be the perfect companion for my elderly mum who lives alone, but with all the restrictions in place, I was wondering if there is still a way of getting a retired dog?

A: Absolutely. Our Greyhounds As Pets centres are still operating, however not in the usual way. We have taken great care to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community, and have implemented strict measures to ensure that the process is easy and as contactless as possible. The way to start the process is to head to and fill out an online application form.

Finally I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Easter. I encourage you all to spend the time with your loved ones and don’t forget to pick up the phone and call a fellow participant to make sure they are doing ok as well.

Over the Easter long weekend I take a break from the Q & As, but I suggest everyone continues to check the website and our social media platforms where we will post any industry announcements or updates across the weekend.

Please keep your questions coming in and I will get to them when I resume the column on Tuesday.

Don’t forget if there is anyone who may be struggling at the moment and wanting somebody to talk to, you can do something about that. If you do feel the need to talk to someone about your situation, please do not hesitate to call. You can speak with a qualified counsellor at any time by calling 1300 687 327.

Please keep yourselves and your families safe, and importantly be vigilant in these difficult times.

Tony Mestrov.