The Pink Diamond series in Victoria was the latest racing scheme to get participants excited about money and leave a trail of injured greyhounds.
The inaugural series offered $830,000 in prize money – with a new focus on breeders – and was held during June at the provincial tracks of Warragul, Ballarat, Shepparton and Geelong.
The finals night was held at the “outstanding track” (says the industry) of Bendigo.
Remember, these racetracks were among some of the deadliest in the whole country in 2020.
Together, these five tracks claimed 47 greyhounds last year; Bendigo took the title of Australia’s most lethal with 14 deaths.
The Pink Diamond saw more harming of greyhounds.
Thanks to these races, Bendigo now leads the number of injuries in VIC this year with 204, followed by Warragul with 191 and Shepparton with 175 injuries.
One of the worst injuries was suffered by twenty-month old Pickett at Warragul. He hit the rail near the first turn, fell, and was unable to finish.
Pickett suffered concussion, a swollen right eye and a lacerated elbow. He was stood down for 90 days with an injury classed as “life or career threatening”. It was only the second race of his career.
Pickett’s pain, and the suffering of thousands of injured dogs, means nothing to the racing industry.
The marketing people at GRV would have thought the Pink Diamond sounded classy and stylish. From the greyhounds’ perspective, the Pink Diamond cuts hard, and cuts deep.
Image shows Pickett receiving “life threatening” injuries, part of the Pink Diamond excitement