At the end of June at Launceston, three-year old Devil’s Corner won his race, but collapsed of hypoxia in the catching pen.
Stewards’ reports reveal an unhappy history for a dog that was forced to run in 87 races.
Devil’s Corner’s previous hypoxia collapse happened a few weeks earlier at Devonport. His first occurred at Launceston in September 2020, where stewards noted his “manners” in the catching pen when he collapsed.
Amongst all that, Devil’s Corner also suffered a flexor tendon leg injury at Launceston, in the “major injury” category.
The TAS Racing vet says hypoxia is a condition where the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level. In greyhounds it is generally recognised as a lack of oxygen to the brain subsequent to high intensity exercise.
Devi’s Corner’s history suggested “the possibility of a progressive condition predisposing the dog.”
Thanks to pressure from animal welfare groups (Let Greyhounds Run Free, RSPCA, CPG) Devil’s Corner will now be retired. We wish him well.
One more thing.
For three of Devil’s Corner injury-causing races, the sponsor was “Crown Lager – Australia’s Best”. They actually represent the worst in Australian business in their disregard for the suffering of dogs.
Image shows Devil’s Corner running to his third collapse