March proves a murderous month for greyhounds

Eighteen greyhounds lost their lives in March in what proved to be a brutal month on Australian tracks.

Victoria and Queensland tied for equal first in the Dog Killing Stakes, with six deaths each. NSW was runner-up with a further three deaths while South Australia and Tasmania each recorded one unnecessary death.

Deadliest Tracks

Ipswich recorded a horrendous FIVE deaths in March, FOUR IN FOUR DAYS. Geelong recorded THREE deaths in one week.


The Injuries

Virtually all of the fatal injuries resulted from collisions and falls. The overwhelming majority of falls, sixteen, occurred on turns, proving once more that curved tracks are deadly.

There were seven compound fractures, chiefly to legs.

  • Poor Swift Sharkey suffered an agonising compound fracture of the scapula (shoulder) at Coonamble track when he hit the fence turning into the back straight. He was just 2 years old and had won $850 in prize money.
  • Slick Velvet fell after a collision on a turn, hitting the fence and fracturing the radius and ulna.
  • Good Girl Grace fractured both her hocks following a collision at Geelong and could not go on. She was euthanised by the on-track vet.
  • Final Assassin, nearly 3, suffered a comminuted compound fracture of the near hind at Ipswich. These injuries are catastrophic and are likened to being shot or injuries suffered in car accidents. They are agonisingly painful. Final Assassin had won a mere $890 in prize money over a short career of just 6 starts.
  • But for short careers, Tiger Shian is the unlucky “winner”. He finished his 2 race career at Ipswich following a “serious injury to the nearside foreleg” and was euthanised.
  • Ipswich was the place for short racing careers when Midnight Blue suffered a fatal injury on the first turn in his 3rd and last start.

Greyhounds raced twice in a week; does this contribute to injuries?

Cruikshank had raced a mere 3 days before his life-ending fall at Ballarat. Big Tac, Vera, Special Bill and Aston Spinel had all been raced in the week leading up to their deaths.

The agony of This Duke Maywyn

This Duke Maywyn was scratched from an Ipswich race meeting due to being “deceased”. Enquiries revealed he had died of a twisted bowel – an agonising death.

Prizemoney no guarantee of a well-earned retirement following injury

The eighteen greyhounds killed in March won close to $170,000 between them. Top earners were Special Bill, not special enough to his owners, even after a career winning over $50,000.

Mr Blurton, Aston Spinel, Yaramundi Hoover and My Buddy Benny won nearly $65,000 between them but were still killed for treatable injuries.

Rest in peace

02/03/2022 Bull Montana Traralgon VIC fractured right hock
03/03/2022 Big Tac Gunnedah NSW compound fracture near side foreleg
05/03/2022 Vera Wentworth Park NSW Offside compound fracture of radius ulna
08/03/2022 Final Assassin Ipswich QLD comminuted compound fracture to the near hind leg
08/03/2022 My Buddy Benny Horsham VIC left and right hindleg hock fractures
08/03/2022 Yaramundi Hoover Devonport TAS open fracture to the radius/ulna of the right foreleg
09/03/2022 Loose Leaf Chai Angle Park SA Right front radius/ulna fracture
14/03/2022 Cruickshank Ballarat VIC fractured right radius/ulna
15/03/2022 Good Girl Gracie Geelong VIC fractured both left and right hocks
14/03/2022 Slick Velvet Bundaberg QLD compound fracture of the nearside Radius & Ulna
13/03/2022 Swift Sharkey Coonamble NSW Offside compound scapula fracture
18/03/2022 Aston Spinel Geelong VIC right foreleg radius/ulna fracture and elbow injuries
20/03/2022 Special Bill Ipswich QLD compound fracture to the off foreleg
22/03/2022 Mr Blurton Geelong VIC right radius/ulna fracture
21/03/2022 Tiger Shian Ipswich QLD serious injury to the near foreleg leg
22/03/2022 This Duke Maywyn Ipswich QLD deceased – twisted bowel
23/03/2022 Midnight Blue Ipswich QLD QLD Nearside foreleg fracture
24/03/2022 Bully Bar Warragul VIC VIC fractured right elbow

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