Greyhound Racing Victoria CEO, Alan Clayton says Victorian greyhound racing is well and truly on the pathway to reform.
“I think we’ve had a great last 18 months. In terms of what the community wants, we’re making really good progress. We’ve established a strong integrity capability throughout the industry and in animal welfare, including changing aspects of the culture within the industry,” Clayton said on SEN last Thursday.
Clayton said that wagering on greyhound racing is an increasingly popular pastime among Victorians.
“Turnover on Victorian greyhound racing has gone from $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion, so it’s a huge business, and our market share has continued to increase.”
“In 2012, greyhound racing had 18 per cent market share of the Victorian racing industry, and we’re now up to nearly 22 per cent, so we’re doing really well in terms of the public’s interest in punting on greyhounds.”
Clayton said greyhound racing is a sport that accommodates people from many sectors of the community.
“It’s an interesting industry because you’ve got hobbyists, multi-millionaires, big trainers, mums and dads, disability pensioners and you’ve got families, all of them racing (their greyhounds). So it’s a big industry. We put $315m into the Victoria economy including $200m into regional Victoria.”