Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Celebrates 30 Years

Written By Friday 19th December 2008  

Peter Riley with celebrity greyhound Fred Bassett & VBISRace 8 VBIS distance series winner Which Wabbit

Peter 'Anamul' Riley with celebrity greyhound Fred Bassett & VBIS distance series winner Which Wabbit

Christmas cheer was spread throughout Lord’s Raceway as the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association celebrated 30 years of racing at the venue last Thursday night.

While Santa Claus and Hamish & Andy’s retired celebrity greyhound Fred Basset were the main drawcards, many legends of the Bendigo racetrack were on course to enjoy the celebrations, some of which haven’t been to the venue for many years.

Some of the highlights from the twilight meeting were Christmas carols played by the Eaglehawk Brass Band, the cutting of a giant birthday cake and the many prizes won by those in the crowd.

Also creating plenty of interest was the performance of race caller Paul ‘Happy’ Hammon, who conducted a phantom call of the eight best greyhounds from the Bendigo region in the last 30 years.

In a tight fantasy tussle, ‘Happy’ gave the nod to the Bob Douglas-trained Carlisle Jack, a star at the beginning of this decade, over champion of the mid 80’s, Eaglehawk Star.

Win TV and the Bendigo Weekly newspaper were also in attendance which was a bonus for the club.

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