Dogs that did not finish
During 2013 a total of 46 dogs were unable to physically finish their race at Newcastle because of an injury or incident. For 30 of those dogs – listed below – it was their last race and are now unaccounted for. Please click on a dog’s name to view their racing history. ‘DNF’ determines the dog did not finish the race.
For example Wee Judy Cook’s racing history shows her last race was on 23.02.13. at Newcastle – in fact it was the only race for the 23 month old female. The racing comments indicate she checked badly
at the first bend
Shambo Shine carried off in what was to be his last race on 03.08.13. It was later reported that the black 2 year old male was destroyed by the track vet that night.
Dogs that finished at a ‘distance’
A further 207 dogs were still able to physically finish their race but finished a long distance behind the other dogs because of an injury or incident. For 44 of those – listed below – it was their last race and are now unaccounted for. Again – please click on the dog’s name to view their racing history. ‘DIS’ determines that the dog finished too far behind the leading pack for the distance to be measured.
For example Condemned Run’s racing history shows he last raced on 17.01.13. at Newcastle after finishing last but too far back for the distance to be measured and the racing remarks indicate he was baulked at the first bend and then stumbled and fell.
Dogs that finished lame
There were also 86 dogs recorded as finishing ‘lame’ – either because an existing injury resurfaced or because they sustained an injury during the race. For 36 dogs – see below – it was to be their last race and are now unaccounted for. Please click on the dog’s name to view their racing history. The racing comments for dogs finishing lame varies from track to track and some fail to even record lame dogs.
For example Westpark Miami’s racing history shows she last raced on 08.01.13. finishing 5th. The racing comments state she was badly baulked at the first bend and finished lame.
Please note – the above numbers only represent dogs that did not race again after suffering an injury. There will be many more dogs that ran their last race at Newcastle in 2013 uninjured but deemed too old or slow to perform for the gambling industry.
Many of these dogs will have been destroyed by either the track vet or by some other means in accordance with the GBGB Rules of Racing’s Retirement Form – see section D – ‘Injury not treated on economic grounds’
Some may have been homed by the industry’s homing scheme or sold on to independent tracks. Some may have been sent to universities for research and dissection or some may end up being given away – without any checks of the suitability of the adopters.
Whatever their fate or fortune – it is the responsibility of the GBGB to account for these dogs post racing.