Ian Smyth, the track controller for Crayford, Hove, Monmore and Romford has confirmed that his company is to pay an £1 per dog, per day, to trainers to assist during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The funding will be in addition to the GBGB pledged offer.

Smyth said: “It is for all dogs in the kennel, not just racers. Looking to support those independent ‘retireds’ who are  in danger of being forgotten about.”


We also understand, and are waiting to confirm, that Kinsley have also pledged an additional 50 pence per day for their runners.


Meanwhile, Henlow trainers have reacted to Kevin Boothby’s offer, revealed yesterday, of £5 per week for all local runners.

A selection of quotes

  • “Thank you Kevin for thinking about everyone, hope all stay safe & well.” – Mark Wallis
  • “Would just like to thank you for help towards the up keep over the greyhounds Kevin a great gesture . See you all very soon” – Jason Gornall
  • “Thank you Kevin , that  is a huge & very much appreciated gesture.” Berni Warren
  • “What a very kind gesture and its very much appreciated! You are the silver lining! We hope you, your family and all the staff at Henlow stay safe and well, we hope to see you all in the near future.- Rick/Tammy
  • Thank you for your very kind gesture it is very much appreciated.Take care and stay safe everyone. Hopefully see you all soon. Lea Cairns
  • If I could stand and shake Kevin’s hand I would. This is a time for unity and he has stepped up to the plate. Caroline King
  • Many thanks Kevin – Its nice to think someone cares about the dogs Pam Dolby