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Bissett new Greyhound Operations Manager

18 January 2015


Gordon Bissett, known in the industry as ‘Mr Greyhounds’, has joined SIS as Greyhound Operations Manager. 

Bissett, who was with Ladbrokes for 35 years and was most recently in charge of the bookmaker’s greyhound stadia, joins SIS in a move which further underlines the company’s commitment to greyhound racing.

His appointment comes just a few weeks after the appointment as Greyhound Executive of Gary Baiden, former manager at Oxford.

Bissett is well known throughout the industry. He was given the Greyhound Writers’ Association award in 1998, while at Ladbrokes he oversaw a range of initiatives and had a wide set of responsibilities at the bookmaker’s two tracks, Crayford and Monmore. 

He was also a contributor to the anti-doping and medication control review and the Rules of Racing for the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, and has been the author of greyhound track safety documents. Furthermore, he was a director of BAGS (Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service).

Bissett said: “SIS has great commitment to greyhound racing and the greyhound product, and it's going to be interesting to see how we can develop the service.

“Having been at Nottingham for the BAGS/SIS Track Championship gala, everyone was buzzing about the occasion and the climax, and it will be good to see how we can further progress the idea next year.” Bissett had been a key player in the original concept of the Track Championship.”

Bissett has also built up a knowledge of the greyhound market worldwide and clearly can assist SIS in broadening its reach. Towcester's eight-dog races are seen as a key selling point in that regard.

George Irvine, Managing Director, SIS Betting, said: “We're pleased to welcome Gordon to the team. His knowledge of the sport is exceptional and we all see greyhound racing as developing further.

“To get a BAGS meeting on to Sky Sports on a Tuesday afternoon was a real achievement and the feedback has been excellent. We produce the Sky programmes and they go to two and a half hours next year, so with all that and Towcester, there will be plenty for Gordon to get his teeth into.

“Don't forget the first race ever shown on SIS in 1987 was the 2.08 from Hackney – the sport has always been core to our service.”

Bissett follows Baiden in joining SIS, which has a strong relationship with the greyhound industry.

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