‘Family feel’ at the greyhounds
THE 2017 Grafton Greyhound Club July Carnival was a ray of sunshine peaking through the clouds of controversy engulfing the industry, club secretary Brad Ellis said.
The carnival, which wound up on Friday, reflected the turmoil in the industry created 12 months ago when the NSW Government attempted to shut down the greyhound racing industry.
“The numbers were definitely down,” Ellis said. “But there was a great family feel here throughout the carnival. That’s what it was about for us.”
He said comparing the feeling now to 12 months ago, when the then-NSW Premier Mike Baird announced the ban on the industry, was impossible.
“We were in the middle of the carnival last year and people were just numb from the shock,” he said.
“They were walking their dogs around, doing all the things they normally did, but everyone felt they’d been cast away on a deserted island.
“Just to think we were able to have a carnival this year is marvellous when you compare it to the way we felt a year ago.”
Cudal trainer Dennis Barnes won back-to-back Trainer of the Carnival awards and club president John Corrigan’s Knock For Me was the Greyhound of the Carnival.
TOP PERFORMERS: Grafton Greyhound Club’s July Carnival was another success for Best Trainer of the Carnival, Dennis Barnes (left). Club president John Corrigan trained Best Dog, Knock for Me.