Hull out to lift profile of Bulli greyhounds

GREYHOUNDS

One of the first priorities Darren Hull will have in his new role as operations manager at Bulli greyhounds is clear - ram home to people the club is still thriving.

Only a couple of weeks after stepping into the job, the former Wagga and District Greyhound Club president has already identified a need for a promotion blitz.

"There's a perception - and it gets on my nerves a little bit - everyone you bump into thinks Bulli is closed," the former smash repair business owner said.

"When harness left there was a lot of publicity and that's reflected back on the greyhound club. We just need to get the message out there that Bulli is alive and well."

That was never more evident than Bulli's bumper crowd on New Year's Day, rated by those on track as the biggest they've seen for a dog meeting at Slacky Flat for years.

Hull has also overseen a significant track upgrade in his short time in charge as 500 tonnes of sand was dumped on the surface, much to the delight of trainers.

"When I got here a lot of people weren't happy with the way the track was," he said. "That's been fixed now as the GBOTA had put the steps in place before I got here.

"The trials have virtually doubled here since the new track surface went down. I just think the trainers have got a lot more confidence in the surface."

Hull's role at Wagga was on a voluntary basis, forcing him to juggle running a business employing 25 full-time staff and overseeing the Riverina track's 26 TAB meetings a year.

"I saw this position come up and thought here's a chance to do something different," he said. "It's been a pretty big exercise."

His first big test will be the Bulli's heats of the Group 3 Gold Plate (472m) which will be conducted on January 22.

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