Late this evening, the Supreme Court of Victoria granted an interim injunction allowing Awesome Project to take its place in the Australian Cup heats tomorrow night. The question as to whether that injunction should be extended remains to be determined by the Court.
At its meeting on Tuesday 24 February, the Board of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) resolved to amend existing local racing rules and introduce a new rule that prohibits the transfer of greyhounds from suspended persons to registered persons residing at the same property.
The owner of Awesome Project, Mr Brad Canty, and its former trainers took the decision to seek injunctive relief in the Supreme Court of Victoria. After hearing extensive argument on the matter, the Court granted Mr Canty an interim injunction and, consequently, the greyhound must be reinstated into the field for Race 11 at The Meadows on Saturday 28 February 2015.
GRV Chief Executive Adam Wallish said, “The practice of live baiting is the most serious issue confronting the industry. Although we are disappointed with the outcome of this evening’s hearing, and respect the decision of the Court, we will continue take all available action to eradicate the practice of live baiting and take all available action against any individual involved in the practice of live baiting.”