Dogwatch: Confusing aspect of report into problems

ANOTHER tumultuous week has passed in Queensland racing and not only for greyhounds.

The Alan MacSporran report into greyhound racing, commissioned by the state government, was handed to the Queensland premier on Monday.

Within two days, the Racing Queensland board of the three codes, thorough- breds, harness and grey- hounds and its CEO Darren Condon were dismissed.

Queen's Counsel Alan MacSporran stated that Racing Queensland failed in its obligations because it did not adequately assess risk and failed to plan an overall strategy to deal with the risk to integrity and animal welfare across all three codes of racing.

Premier Palaszczuk said to ensure effective ongoing management for Racing Queensland, experienced administrators from KPMG are being appointed.

The KPMG team is led by Ian Hall, a chartered accountant who states his expertise is in helping underperforming businesses move forward.

MacSporran's lengthy report, put together after a three months inquiry, was delivered in layman's terms rather than legal jargon.

However, I do find item 10 of the report most intriguing and somewhat confusing. It states: "Where any material on the Commission's website makes reference to an allegation against an individual or organisation and the Commission has not directly or impliedly dealt with that matter in this report, it should not be assumed that the allegation is true or that the individual or organisation has no answer to the substance of the allegation. Those matters are published for the purposes of transparency but they are not in those circumstances evidence of the truth of the allegation.''

That suggests to me that you can't believe all the allegations which have been made.

Such as greyhounds being set alive with burning matchsticks to make them run faster. How bizarre is that?

If somebody has tried that, I'll bet it didn't work.

Amidst all the turmoil, there's one common denominator - racing of the three codes in Queensland continues with the regular number of meetings.


Farewell John

WELL-known and successful greyhound trainer John Pay passed away on Thursday last week after a battle with cancer.

The Park Ridge based 58 years old was enjoying a successful year, particularly at Ipswich where he is third in the trainers' premiership behind Peter Ruetschi and Col Byers.

High Radar and Hollywood Rose Hi, which Pay trained, are in second and third positions for Ipswich greyhound of the year, a mere four points behind Len Antonio and Peter Ruetschi's Lotus Blossom.

John and his wife Moira had the knack of winning races with cheap purchases or giveaways.

Most people who knew Pay at the racetrack knew of his larrikinism and ability to tell a good joke.

What shone through at his memorial service was the devoted family man aspect.


Recipe for success

IT'S been "girl's day out'' at Ipswich greyhound meetings this past week.

Di Hannon and Vicki Wisener had winning doubles last Friday. Then on Tuesday Joanne Price landed two winners.

At today's twilight meeting, Wisener has four runners - Latin Dance, One Over Crush, Got the Attitude and Miss Olympia. Hannon is represented by Sitella, Joie Eclat and Secret Stash.

Tomorrow night, Hannon's runners are Fashion Advice and Yalinga. Price is starting Tourmaline and Rocky be Good. Following in-form trainers is usually a recipe for success.


Consider this: A LOT of people work so they can afford to buy a car to drive to work.


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