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Let's get Limerick absolutely right; LETTERS.

THIS is a final attempt to provoke debate about the design of the new Limerick greyhound track due to open later this year.

The bends of the new track are to have a radius of 40.8m and the straights will be 107m long. I circularised greyhound vets worldwide asking them to comment on this design, and the general consensus is that the radius of the bends should be a minimum of 50m, although one party felt it should be a minimum of 45m if the traps are no more than 35m from the first bend.

From the various comments - from respected greyhound vets in Australia and the UK - it seems apparent to me that building a new track on a greenfield site with a bend radius of 40m is highly questionable.

You might say there are many worse, but our existing tracks were mostly built many decades ago when dogs were much lighter and slower than today. In combination with the long straights, it is a recipe for disaster.

At this stage it may be too late to effect change, but I wouldn't forgive myself had I not made my concerns public before the first unlucky dog is carried off the new Limerick with a broken hock or wrist.

Of course, the building of a bigger track means major change - positioning of traps and so on would need to be very different from what we are used to. But if the current financial crisis has shown us anything, surely it is that the old ways are broken and that we need to find new better ways of doing things.

Why not build a track at Limerick which will be the safest in these islands, of which we can all be proud? Denis Beary Canine Sports Medicine Clinic, Straffan, Co. Kildare
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2010
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