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SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule

Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be resuming a full greyhound schedule of 42 fixtures per week from 1 June. The resumption of its schedule will cover races from eight UK greyhound tracks, including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford. In addition, SIS will reintroduce its service to Towcester. Paul Witten, Product Director …

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GBGB targets 1 June restart date for racing

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) will work towards a 1 June resumption date after the publication of the UK government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. Responding to the latest government guidance, GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird confirmed that the sport is already working towards a timetable to restart racing, beginning with a two-week trial period already mooted to …

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GBGB reveals ‘five-phase approach’ to resume sport

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has outlined a five-phase approach to resuming the sport behind closed doors once government restrictions are lifted. The GBGB has worked alongside an industry-led working group to establish a balance between the necessary requirements for health and safety, greyhound welfare and the sport’s integrity. Each phase is expected to last ‘at least two …

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ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that it will continue to offer financial support to greyhound trainers based at its five stadia while the sport is suspended. Following the suspension of greyhound racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARC will continue to offer £5 per dog per week to trainers from Belle Vue, Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr and Sunderland from …

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Closure of Belle Vue dogs likely after planning approval

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The UK greyhound racing industry has taken another blow after a Manchester Planning and Highways committee approved proposals that would close Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium.  The track, was the first purpose-built greyhound track in the UK, and was the last remaining greyhound stadium in the North West.  Having been built in 1926, the infrastructure is synonymous with the Belle Vue …

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Towcester greyhounds saved by Kevin Boothby

Henlow greyhound racing promoter Kevin Boothby has signed a 10-year lease deal to take over Towcester dog track and expects to re-open for greyhound racing in March 2020, according to a report by the Greyhound Star. It is the second piece of good news for the beleagured sport in a week after news that the Arena Racing Company (ARC) had acquired …

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BetVictor strengthens greyhound product offering with SIS deal

BetVictor has signed an agreement with Sports Information Services (SIS), which will strengthen the operator’s current British and Irish greyhound content offering. Delivered as part of the operator’s new ‘Bet and Watch’ format, customers will have the opportunity to utilise regular short-form betting events, which is hoped to provide more engaging betting content designed to improve retention and dwell time. Eoin Ryan, …

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ABB backs bookmakers’ contribution to greyhound welfare

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has welcomed UK bookmakers’ decision to supply an additional £3m in funding to the provision of greyhound welfare and the uplift of the greyhound racing industry as a whole. The funding commitment will be paid for by UK bookmakers, after the UK Gambling Commission secured a voluntary agreement with Betfred, William Hill, Sky Betting …

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Bookmakers commit to £3m funding scheme for Greyhound welfare

The UK greyhound scene secures a much-needed uplift, as this morning the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed a new funding deal of £3 million for the ‘Greyhound Trust’, focusing on animal welfare, training and protections. The funding commitment will be paid for by UK bookmakers, with the UKGC securing a voluntary agreement with – Betfred, William Hill, Sky Betting & …

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Towcester set for administration after “trading difficulties”

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Historic UK racecourse and greyhound track Towcester has cancelled all its scheduled meetings for this weekend after announcing it’s set to enter into administration. The course, which is owned by the Fermor- Hesketh family and is steeped in history, is scheduled to host a further three cards this year with the first commencing on 10 October, however whether these take place …

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