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Greyhounds: BGRB chief slams union.

BGRB chief executive, Geoffrey Thomas, has described as "absolutely ludicrous" the situation that now exists whereby trainers have two representative bodies, writes Mike Palmer.

The recently formed Professional Greyhound Trainers' Union, launched last week, and which boasts an "amazing response" to invitations for membership, is seen as a snub to the long-established Greyhound Trainers' Association.

Paddy Milligan, the GTA chairman who was honoured at Sunday's Awards Ball, would make no comment but Thomas most certainly did.

"My message is that I am supportive of trainers and the GTA still seems to be their best vehicle," he said.

"But suddenly to have two bodies, well it's ridiculous. The only way to get things done is by having one voice.

"That's what we're told when we go to government, `speak with one voice' is the advice we are given. I don't like the current situation and if the trainers are not careful they will find that their stance will be weakened rather than strengthened."

NGRC chief executive Frank Melville also intimated that the GTA may still be the trainers' best platform.

"They have had considerable input into our drug testing system, which I personally think is one of the best in the country, and its success is a direct result of recommendations made by the GTA."

John Coleman, a former GTA chairman, preferred to make no comment on the establishment of the PGTU.

"I will go along to Sunday's meeting of the GTA, see what comes out of that and then decide what I consider may be the best path," he said.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 27, 1999
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