Gunnedah trainer James Fenn and Swan Bay trainer Allan Ivers had two wins each as Gunnedah hosted a greyhound race meet for the second successive Saturday.
The latter race meet was transferred from Armidale as its track was not ready for use, and Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club president Geoff Rose deemed both race meets at Gunnedah were successful.
Following the overturning of the greyhound racing ban earlier in the week, Rose said “everyone’s relieved”.
“There’s a smile on everyone’s face now. The frown’s gone,” Rose said.
Races five, eight and 11 were the only ones in which the favourite came first. The biggest surprises were in races nine and 10 as the victors had starting prices of $8 while the favourites were $1.50 and $2.50 respectively.
The winning greyhounds were Miss Electric (race 1), Mungindi Rose (race 2), Sketchy Amber (race 3), Heza Carnegie (race 4), Super Kadani (race 5), Typhoon Jayne (race 6), La Lucciola (race 7), Lektra Fella (race 8), Cash Model (race 9), Poppy’s Snookie (race 10) and Oak’s Image (race 11).
The seven trainers who had one win each were Bradley Wakem, David Horton, Jamie Bush, Kevin Sills, Andrew Bell, Kenneth Bell and Ivan Scott.
Fenn’s wins were in races seven and nine while Ivers succeeded in races three and four.
Fenn said there was “a lot of weight off our shoulders” regarding the overturning of the greyhound racing ban.
“You’ve got to keep with it and go with it and hope for the best,” he said of the situation in the industry.
“Look after your dogs. That’s the main thing.”