Greyhound racing is set to return to Grafton tonight
Greyhound racing is set to return to Grafton tonight Adam Hourigan

Show must go on: Grafton returns to racing tonight

GREYHOUNDS: Grafton is set to be the first greyhound racing track in New South Wales to resume operations tonight, following last week's announcement to ban greyhound racing.

Grafton, who is in the middle of its July Carnival, missed out on one meeting during their famous winter carnival on Friday night after Greyhound NSW declared last Thursday it would implement a state-wide week long break from racing.

The decision to halt all meetings fcame in the wake of Premier Mike Baird's announcement he intends to close the industry on July 1 next year.

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The regulator is now on high alert for participants who might flout the rules without the threat of any meaningful sanction when greyhounds head back to the track.

In an effort to increase integrity measures, the State's industry body will now triple the amount of stewards at the track and swab every winning dog tonight - a practice generally reserved for Wentworth Park.

>> Greyhound trainer says ban 'unbelievable'

Grafton's July Carnival will now resume with meetings scheduled for later this week to continue as per programmed, including the all important Wednesday finals night.

State opposition leader Luke Foley is expected to travel to Grafton on Wednesday after emotionally pledging his support to the greyhound racing industry.

It is understood the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will increase security measures at the track ahead of the resumption of racing.



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