Narbonne: greyhounds at full speed in Montplaisir

Italian greyhound, whippet, afgan, saluki, barsoï, galgo, azawack or podenco: on this Pentecost Sunday, 28 dogs competed in a pursuit race on lure (PLV), organized by the ACLS (Catalan association of sport greyhounds) in the plain of Montplaisir.

“This is an official race participating in the French championship which will take place in Chardonnay at the end of August”, explains the Salléloise Christine Corde, president of this club which has around forty passionate members.

Greyhounds raced on circuits of 530 m for small breeds and 760 m for large breeds.

Greyhounds raced on circuits of 530 m for small breeds and 760 m for large breeds.
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Riding after a plastic lure, the greyhounds were scored on five criteria: eagerness, speed, stamina, skill and tactical behavior. “All dogs are examined by a veterinarian the morning before the test”she says, assuring that “animal welfare is a priority”.

A beautiful bond.

A beautiful bond.
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Since the recovery after two years of health crisis, “Unfortunately, like everywhere in France, the numbers are down. The Covid is in question of course, but also the price of fuel because some participants come from afar. Usually, we have around sixty registered”.

Participants from the region but also from Mont-de-Marsan, Savoie and Vendée.

Participants from the region but also from Mont-de-Marsan, Savoie and Vendée.
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Races like this, the association organizes three this year, as well as two other races in cynodrome in Perpignan.

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