Victorian Metro Monthly Grade 5 Finals Now Worth $10K
Written By Kevin Pitstock Wednesday 1st July 2009
The Sandown Greyhound Racing Club [SGRC] and Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association [MGRA] will implement stakes increases for grade 5 finals from 1 July 2009.
As part of the changes to the Victorian metropolitan racing calendar announced in October 2008, the finals of all metropolitan grade 5 finals over all distances will carry a $10,000 first prize.
The prizemoney increase comes on the back of other recent increases to features races including The Radio Sport 927 Sandown Cup and MTD Australian Cup .
â€śIncreasing returns to owners is a priority for both clubs,â€ť said MGRA Chairman Eddie Caruana .”
â€śGrade 5 series are an integral part of the racing calendar and an important stepping stone for young greyhounds. The increased prizemoney for these grade 5 finals is an excellent complement to the recent prizemoney increases to the Group calendar.â€ť
The announcement comes after extensive discussions between the two clubs in advance of changes to the Australian Greyhound Racing Association group racing calendar due in 2011.
â€śThis announcement is a fantastic example of the two metropolitan clubs working together to ensure Victoria remains the nationâ€™s leader in greyhound racing,â€ť said SGRC Chairman Geoff Dawson.
The first $10,000 to-the-winner grade 5 final will be run at Sandown Park on Thursday 16th July followed by The Meadows on Saturday 15th August.