Monday 16th February, 8.30pm ABC
This week Four Corners reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna leads a gritty investigation into the darkest secrets of the sport, exposing the gruesome underbelly of greyhound racing.
This investigation will rock the industry, and the sport, to its core.
With more than 40,000 races and more than 300,000 dogs running at tracks across the country each year, Australians are now wagering well over $3 billion a year on the sport. Prize-money has skyrocketed and greyhound racing is riding a wave of renewed popularity.
The message to punters is that the sport has cleaned-up and modernised; the welfare of animals is now at the forefront of the industry.
Making a Killing reveals widespread cheating and illegality across the country, and throws into question the validity of thousands of greyhound races and millions of dollars.
How the cheating is actually done is so extreme it defies belief. What some trainers are prepared to do, to give their dogs the winning edge, will shock even the most hardened viewer.
As someone who has looked closely at the sport tells Meldrum-Hanna:
“Putting together animals, gambling and prize purses is a toxic mix. It’s capable of turning men into monsters.”
What a small team of investigators with limited resources has managed to uncover in Making a Killing should put the regulators of the industry to shame and change the sport forever.
MAKING A KILLING, reported by Caro Meldrum-Hanna and presented by Kerry O’Brien, goes to air on Monday 16thFebruary at 8.30pm on ABC. It is replayed on Tuesday at 10.00am and again at midnight on Wednesday. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 at 8.00pm on Saturday, ABC iview or abc.net.au/4corners.