It was good to appear on RPGTV recently for the second time. I was keen to appear on the show as it gives a good platform to speak to my fellow trainers around the country and get across messages that otherwise may get lost in translation or not get across at all. The new 18 month contracts given out to trainers at GMG tracks have been a big topic of conversation just recently. Murmurings that dogs under contract to trainers at GMG tracks will be unable to enter open races at other tracks. This is simply not the case and this false message is being put across by people who simply have no understanding of the situation and let their head wobbling get in the way of the truth. GMG tracks as with all tracks have their interests as a business to think about. However anybody with an open race greyhound or indeed a young greyhound who looks like he or she could potentially be open class have absolutely nothing to worry about. Trainers with such dogs will not be prevented from taking these dogs on the road. As I commented in my recent Greyhound Star piece , if any trainer is told that they cannot take a dog to another track for an open race and if the dog in question is of open class or potentially open class ability , then I urge you to contact me immediately and I will take up your case. Talking about wobbly heads i've been approached by various people at the track asking have I seen what such and such has been saying on the forum about you. "You're a puppet for Rachel Corden" , "You're just there to be a mouthpiece for such and such". I seriously couldn't care less what these people are saying. I'm quite happy in the knowledge that they're sat at home wobbling their heads away. In fact I find it quite amusing really. I'd just like to say that I really don't have the time to worry about what this small group of 'muppets' (to coin my sons favoured phrase) have to say. I neither value their opinion or care for it in any way , shape or form. So to those intent on informing me of these intellectual masterpieces wrote on forums by people with far too much time on their hands , thanks but it's really not something that concerns me.
These are exciting times for the sport. I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel and in the not too distant future I see a time were trainers will be ruling the roost when it comes to negotiating our contracts. I must admit these recent 18 month contracts were put upon us quickly and without warning. What i'd ask now though is that all GMG trainers get behind their tracks and therefore the GMG and ensure that we as a sport are left with the number of tracks we have now and hopefully more , rather than the contracted sport that the SIS proposals appear to have in mind. At the moment trainers are in huge demand. Should SIS be victorious in their plans then trainers will be struggling as bad as we ever have been. So let's get behind GMG and once their victory has been secured , we as trainers can then set about securing our own futures.
Thanks as always for reading and if anybody has any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch.