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Buy-backs impact on auction

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Once again, the recent greyhound auction at Angle Park was severely impacted when the majority of the 52 lots that went under the hammer were bought back by their vendors.

In fact, only 13 lots were actually sold, a 10-month-old dog by Dyna Double One x Irish Keepsake being the highest-priced lot to change hands for $7000.

Greyhound auctions no longer offer – if in fact they ever did – prospective buyers any incentive to attend and bid due to the fact that the majority of lots are only there in order that vendors can purchase them back for a minimal commission and thereby become eligible for a $16,000 auction race which, in this case, will be run in 2019.

But one breeder who wasn’t worrying about any buy-backs was Cap Abbott who had made it quite clear that he had no intention of bringing any his five lots back with him to Edenhope.

And the well-bred 10-month-old youngsters – by leading sire Cosmic Rumble x Manila Express – looked to be good value for buyers when selling for a total of $5,250.

Allendale East breeder David Peckham’s three Barcia Bale x Thanks Tubby lots were withdrawn prior to the auction.

Meanwhile, at the forthcoming Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday, November 26 at Angle Park, the future of greyhound auctions will be raised with members.

Issues to be discussed will include whether auctions should be continued and if so should the feature race be removed in order to negate the attraction for buy backs.

Ironically, the feature race was only introduced in the first place as an incentive to breeders to sell their pups through the auction process.

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