Coventry Greyhound Track Closes

29/12/09

COVENTRY’s dog racing stadium looks to have run its last race. Following the Boxing Day meeting at the Brandon-based track, stipendiary steward Irene Haselwood acquired all identity books for greyhound racing to be held there. Rumours that the track was in trouble have been circling for several weeks and those fears were confirmed after Saturday’s meeting when Haselwood moved in to declare the stadium closed. She said: “Following discussions with several parties involved in running the stadium, I’ve subsequently spoken to trainers attached to Coventry and informed them that racing will cease until further notice.
“It’s regrettable when a track stops racing but wheels are already firmly in motion in dealing with the trainers and greyhounds affected.”
In April 2004 the stadium welcomed a return of greyhound racing following a lapse of many years with owner Avtar Sandhu and Malcolm Francis at the helm but the latter then assumed sole control before ill-health forced him to retire in 2007. Local businessman and greyhound owner John Flounders then leased the business although speculation suggests Sandhu remained a key figure. Greyhound racing has toiled to secure off-track confidence with numerous problems making it unlikely to be considered for crucial contract for racing in betting shops.

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by Derek Brown, Coventry Telegraph

 

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