Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has suspended all racing and trialling activity at Maitland and has written to the track’s owners and operators, the Greyhound Breeders and Owners Association (GBOTA), seeking immediate explanations as part of an investigation into racing incidents at the venue’s meeting last night.

GRNSW confirms that Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC) stewards called off last night’s Maitland meeting after concerns about the track were raised following incidents in three races, which resulted in two greyhounds being euthanised due to serious injuries.

GRNSW Chief Executive Officer Mr Tony Mestrov said:

“Immediately following the Maitland race meeting last night, I ordered a full investigation as to causation of events that resulted in the unfortunate euthanising of two greyhounds.

“GRNSW has dispatched its own expert track team to Maitland this morning and they will conduct a full audit of track work and interview any GBOTA personnel involved in the running of its venue.

“I have also today appointed an independent expert on track standards to inspect and provide a full independent report to GRNSW.

“At the same time, I have requested a parallel investigation by GBOTA, as the track owner and operator.

“Pending results of the investigations, GRNSW has suspended all racing and trialling at Maitland.

“I want to be clear that the injuries to greyhounds at Maitland may have been unexpected and an anomaly, however GRNSW’s commitment to animal welfare as our number one priority means we will leave no stone unturned to find out what happened, and do anything that needs to be done as a result of the investigation.

“I will make further comment when I have received the results of investigations.”

GRNSW has no option but to abandon the race meeting scheduled for Maitland on Thursday, April 30. GRNSW is currently looking at alternative arrangements for the immediate future to replace further Maitland meetings should this be necessary.