GBGB Amends Rules Of Racing To ‘Raise Welfare And Integrity’

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has amended the Rules of Racing in order to “continue raising welfare and integrity standards.”

The GBGB has made two major changes to the Rules of Racing as part of its strengthened enforcement of the Greyhound Commitment: Rule 212 & 213 and Rule 53 & 195.

The first amendment mandates that all trainers “read, understand, and be compliant with PAS 251” – the Specification for Trainers’ Residential Kennels – which was created in collaboration with animal welfare organisations, veterinarians, government, and industry experts.

Meanwhile, Rule 53 & 195 would provide new requirements for disqualifying a greyhound for intentional interference, eliminating the need for a signed statement from the trainer or their representative.

This provision will be replaced with the caveat that these individuals will be given the opportunity to present “any mitigation they feel is relevant during a review of the interference,” the deadline for which has been extended to the end of the meeting.

New Rules of Racing

Paul Illingworth, GBGB Senior Stipendiary Steward said: “We are pleased to launch our new Rules of Racing website today.

“By transferring over to this digital platform we can ensure that everybody is viewing the same issue and can search and print relevant sections.

“The fact that it is mobile optimised too should make it far easier for trainers and kennel hands to use whilst away from their kennels. This should likewise prove helpful for our own Stewards.”

Both changes will be outlined in the forthcoming BGB calendar and will come after NSF International’s 2020 licencing review and the implementation of new external residential kennel inspections.

Rules available online

In addition, the GBGB will transfer the Rules of Racing exclusively online to a dedicated website, and the regulations will no longer be printed or distributed in a physical format.

This was done to make sure that greyhound racing licence holders could see the new rules regardless of where they were.

“We encourage all trainers to read the Rule amendments announced today and become familiar with the new website,” Illingworth added. 

“Any trainers with questions regarding the amendments should contact their Area Stipendiary Steward.” 

Following the launch of a £1.1 million relief package for the sport in March, the GBGB has reiterated its contribution to greyhound welfare.