Trainer to appeal $300 fine for not reporting injury
A RECENT stewards' ruling at Albion Park has created a lot of discussion - and confusion.
Trainer Steve Kavanagh was fined $300 during the recent Queensland Derby series.
Stewards alleged that Kavanagh should have notified them of a shoulder injury sustained in a catching pen collision by Keybow, a dog he was handling for Victorian trainer Darren McDonald.
Keybow recovered from the shoulder soreness, started in the Derby final and ran up to his best with a close second to Flash Reality.
Kavanagh had made the injury known to the media, including myself, but did not report the matter directly to stewards.
He described the injury as soreness and tenderness, not structural damage.
Kavanagh was charged under a rarely used rule.
Confusion exists among many trainers now that this rule has been enforced on Kavanagh.
Should a trainer notify stewards if a greyhound has a sore shoulder, toe, leg or anything else, now matter how minor?
Newly appointed chairman of stewards Jamie Dart has agreed to answer some questions concerning stewards' expectations of licensees under such circumstances.
However, Kavanagh has lodged an appeal against the fine and the appeal will be heard on Monday.
"I think it best for all concerned if my comments are held over until after the appeal," Dart said.
We will certainly publish Dart's comments in this column when they become available.
'True blue Aussie'
FORMER greyhound trainer Cliff Livermore passed away recently, aged 86.
When based at Booval, Livermore churned out a decent share of winners without having a champion in his kennels or winning premierships.
His nephew, well-known Fernvale-based horse trainer Geoff Livermore, said Cliff passed away after a short illness "without wanting a fuss made".
"He always said his favourite greyhound was Soccer Star which he trained in the early days of greyhound racing at the Gabba in the 1970s. His face would light up when he talked about that dog," Geoff said.
Queensland Greyhound Racing Board member Chris Williams, a former president of the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club, said Cliff was a "true blue Aussie".
"He attended greyhound racing at Ipswich just about every Saturday night,'' Williams said.
"He was a real popular bloke who would help anyone when asked. He was just a good, knockaround bloke.
"Greyhound racing could use more people like Cliff."
THERE are many sayings in racing. I like to quote them from time to time. Here's one - "a short priced winner is better than a long priced loser".
And so it was when Swift Opulence won at the Showgrounds last Friday, paying $1.90 for a win.
She was the Tattsbet sponsored charity bet and the fourth winner for that promotion in a row.
With no Ipswich racing today or tomorrow due to the show, this week's charity bet is on today's Albion Park meeting. It's $50 each way on the Reg Hazelgrove-trained Strong Stanley, drawn box four in race eight at 2.52pm.
Greyhound racing at Ipswich resumes with a twilight card from 4pm on Tuesday.
PER capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.