No news was good news for Romford who made a seamless return to the open race scene on Monday night.
Ladbrokes Coral Head of Stadia Ian Smyth said: “If there was going to be any problems they were going to be before the first race; the dogs weren’t going to behave any differently. But it wall went smoothly. There weren’t a large number of external trainers and the local trainers have been operating under the system for six weeks.”
Although horse racing now has provision for upto 300 owners to attend race meetings, Ian Smyth doesn’t hold out any immediate hope that greyhound owners will be able to follow them.
He said: “I am doing everything possible and exploring all avenues but the fact remains, it terms of space, horserace courses and greyhound tracks are very different places.
“Our tracks have four different licensing authorities and each has given slightly different advice. The bottom line is, the Sports Ground Authority views us in similar terms to other spectator sports like football and as such there is nothing we can do. As soon as we given the go-ahead, we are fully prepared to have the owners back. I am hopeful for September, but I simply don’t know.”
The star of the re-opening was 575m track record holder Sparta Master with an eight length victory over course and distance.