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NSW considers horse racing boost in light of greyhound ban

Thu, Oct 6, 9:20am by Staff Writer

The New South Wales government have indicated they would consider encouraging more thoroughbred and harness racing in light of the ban on greyhound racing as corporate bookmakers and the TAB count the cost of the controversial decision.

Legislation passed the NSW parliament last month formalising the ban on greyhound racing, which will take place from July 1, 2017 after a shock announcement by NSW premier Mike Baird earlier this year.

Concerns over animal welfare led Baird to announce the ban, which he did via Facebook, angering thousands of greyhound racing participants as well as betting companies.

Deputy premier Troy Grant has admitted to parliament that as part of the taskforce led by chief John Keniry, they are working with the TAB and corporate bookmakers to minimise the loss of business.

“The government is considering the implications for Tabcorp and other betting firms as part of the transition plan,” he said.

The Daily Telegraph has reported a spokesman for Mr Grant has indicated any assistance would not take the form of lump-sum or ongoing compensation.

“There will be no financial compensation for betting companies as a result of the greyhound racing ban. There are other implications for betting companies being considered, including the inter-code agreement,” the spokesman said.

That would indicate that the government is considering boosting the amount of meetings in both thoroughbred and harness racing.

Those opposed to the ban are far from ready to give up on their cause and political pressure is mounting on Mr Grant from within his own National party.

A source told the Daily Telegraph that Mr Grant would lose the leadership unless he changed his position and opposed the ban

“The reversal has to be clean. It can’t be any less than a reversal,” a senior MP said.

“If Troy does not present a reversal on Monday night, it will be open season.”

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