GBGB MD Mark Bird is more than satisfied following the first three days of re-trialling following the Covid-10 lock down. All bar three of the tracks have now staged sessions, the exceptions being Poole, Shawfield and the recently closed, Peterborough.

Henlow track staff member Roger Osborne on duty at the PPE station
Photo: © Steve Nash

Bird said, “Everyone has spent a tremendous amount of time getting things ready for us to start back racing as soon as possible; from getting the Operational Policy for trialling and racing compiled, to trainers, kennel hands and owners ensuring their racers are fit and ready for the track, and also for the racecourses and veterinary staff delivering this return.

“When we started trialling on Monday, we were delighted to see everyone doing their bit at tracks and demonstrating social distancing measures whilst still providing the same level of care and attention for their dogs.

“We are due to start racing from 1st June and I am confident that everyone will have demonstrated that we can race behind closed doors whilst still maintaining the highest welfare standards for our greyhounds and the safety of all our people working in a secure environment.”

Social distancing and PPE in evidence as trials return to greyhound racing. Photo: © Steve Nash