Greyhound trainers form new pact in TAB fight

HUNTER greyhound trainers will be among those forming a new NSW association to continue the campaign for a fair share of TAB turnover after declaring their no-show action a success.

A 14-day protest where most NSW trainers refused to nominate dogs for racing in their home state ended on Friday.

The protest, which was condemned by Greyhound Racing NSW and led to several abandoned meetings, was aimed at raising awareness about their fight for a greater share of funding from the NSW TAB.

Participants met at Cessnock, Doyalson and Wentworth Park over the weekend to discuss the action and to decide on their next move.

Hunter spokesman for the group Bob Whitelaw said the protest was a success because it heightened awareness of the industry’s plight in the wider community.

Under a 99-year Interclub Agreement signed in 1998 by the three racing codes and the betting agency, greyhound racing receives only 13per cent of the TAB funding carve-up. Recent figures show betting on greyhound racing makes up more than 20per cent of TAB turnover.

Whitelaw said the group had resolved to form their own organisation, much like the United Queensland Greyhound Association, to continue the campaign.

The NSW government-commissioned Cameron Report of 2008 into racing recommended changes to the TAB distribution agreement but no action has been taken.

Whitelaw said participants would next take their fight to the TAB and their shareholders, petitioning them for a fairer system.

The group was seeking legal advice about a possible class action against the state government and GRNSW over the funds lost to the industry because of the agreement.

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