Ladies Dominance Within the Greyhound Industry
As a young lady greyhound trainer, I am proud to say that Victorian greyhound racing is well and truly to the fore, when it comes to the acceptance of ladies as equals. The TAB Melbourne Cup, is arguably Australia’s most coveted Greyhound race, and what may have gone somewhat unnoticed is that five of the eight finalists were prepared by lady trainers. Greyhound racing in Victoria dates back to the 1860s, yet it wasn’t until the 1970s that ladies were allowed to obtain a greyhound trainer’s license in Victoria. How times have changed. These days there are a number of established lady stewards, trainers, handlers, catchers, kennel attendants, race starters and race judges throughout Victoria. Due to this in-depth involvement, it is no surprise to see the dominance that lady trainers are having at the moment within the industry, even if it is often a team effort with their male partner. In fact, many trainers actually contribute the ladies to the success of their greyhounds. It is a commonly held belief, that some greyhounds respond positively to the gentle nature of ladies, and a happy greyhound is one more likely to perform at its peak. Having been born into a greyhound family, I have seen this with many greyhounds, but specifically with my own racing greyhound,
Winston is incredibly well known around the Sale area due to his outgoing nature. The staff at my local greyhound track, which is situated at Sale, are mostly young ladies, who Winston has adopted as his own. He reacts to them exuberantly as he receives their hugs and affection. Winston is constantly surrounded by ladies and will continue to be, and I look forward to him obtaining his special green collar from the Greyhound Adoption Program (exempting him from wearing a muzzle in public) once his career ends; upon which point I’ll adopt him as a pet.
2015 HAS BEEN AN ASTOUNDING YEAR FOR FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT ACROSS DIFFERENT SPORTING CODES. THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S CRICKET TEAM RECLAIMED THE ASHES, THE NATIONAL NETBALL TEAM, THE DIAMONDS, WON THE CONSTELLATION CUP AND MICHELLE PAYNE BECAME THE FIRST LADY JOCKEY TO
WIN THOROUGHBRED RACING’S PRESTIGIOUS MELBOURNE CUP.