Dog injured in Romford Greyhound Stadium trap horror will still race

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 February 2015

General view of racing at Romford Greyhound Stadium

General view of racing at Romford Greyhound Stadium


A greyhound injured in an “avoidable” and horrific trap failure accident will race again at Romford after being given the “all clear,” her trainer has said.

Two-year-old Borwick Magic had to be carried off the Romford Greyhound Stadium track earlier this month when she smashed into the electronic trap that had remained lowered when the race started.

The trap should be lifted when the race has started, and even if the mechanism fails, the person in charge of the hare should stop it and end the race.

But processes were not followed at the London Road venue, resulting in injuries to two dogs, and an investigation by owner Coral.

Trainer Paul Young said Borwick Magic would be back on the Romford track once she was fully recovered.

“There’s no rush to get her back but she has got the all clear,” he told the Recorder. “We’ll just give her a bit more time.

“You don’t like to see things like that happen but I’ll still be going to Romford. The pitch is in great condition there.”

Following the incident bookmakers Coral said “cold weather” could have been responsible for the “unacceptable and avoidable” incident.

The investigation has now concluded.

A spokesman said: “The fault that occurred with the traps has been identified and remedial action undertook.

“We have also introduced new procedures that will ensure this unfortunate incident cannot be repeated.”

In December, stadium manager David McDonald fought back over claims Romford was the “worst offender” for injuries, saying it was simply “more diligent” than other tracks at recording information.

Anti-racing campaign group Greyt Exploitations said the venue had the worst record in the country after two dogs broke legs in the Essex Vase final and had to be put down.

Greyt Exploitations figures for the first five months of 2014 show 221 dogs were involved in track injuries or incidents at Romford, and 86 of the dogs had not raced again by October.

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