In some ways the Golden Easter Egg, which is now one of the premier blue-ribbon events on the racing calendar, is the indirect result of one of the most innovative and forward-thinking track managers ever seen in the sport: the …Read More..
APRIL 9th The photo finish camera was used for the first time at the White City, Launceston track in 1949. Only two races required the judges to use the photo finish print for that first official meeting. The automatic totalisator …Read More..
The Cup final may have been run and won earlier in the week, but none of those finalists went as fast as Thomas Sinnott’s Dub Me In went around Mount Gambier on Friday. The son of Lonesome Cry and On …Read More..
FEBRUARY 26th The Brindle Havoc-Runaway Joe ring-in took place at Lismore in 1949. Three men brought a greyhound they claimed was a Queensland sprinter named Brindle Havoc to race at Lismore. The dog was backed in from 5/2 ($3.50) to …Read More..
This race, the richest, or equal richest, in the country at times, is awash with history. This year will mark its 13th running over 525 metres at the Meadows, and it’s 56th overall. It’s also interesting to see what alleys …Read More..
Unlike the Melbourne Cup where runners need to travel over for a prelude before getting a start, the Australian Cup gives all interstate dogs a chance to be graded on their interstate efforts and line-up in one of the highest …Read More..
Confusion, guesswork, allegations, bias and “let you know later” are some of the descriptions that might be applied to statements and figures offered at the NSW parliamentary hearings. The main offenders, but not the only ones, are animal welfare groups …Read More..
According to the commentary from the Australian Racing Greyhound Facebook page, the opinion regarding the decision handed down by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) in the Jason Mackay case is almost unanimous. When you compare the penalties given to …Read More..
The Devonport Cup only gained Group status in 2010, but it ranks as one of the longest-established major races on the Australian calendar. It also rates as one of the toughest races to win, with no chaser ever being able …Read More..
Six heats of the Group 3 Devonport Cup provide the pinnacle of racing at the showgrounds this Tuesday afternoon. The one-turn feature event will take place over the 452 metres, with the current track record standing for well over a …Read More..
DECEMBER 24th The Harold Park (Epping) racecourse introduced a 660 yards (603 metres) distance in 1927, seven months after the start of greyhound racing behind a lure in Australia. The newly remodelled Newcastle greyhound track opened in 1953. The mighty …Read More..
17th DECEMBER NSW stayer Chief Zephyr won the 1959 Interstate Challenge, run over 785 yards (718 metres) at Sandown Park, by eight lengths from Boodler in 44.0, a new track record. The Stan Cleverley-trained Benjamin John took out the 1969 …Read More..
2013 will see the 77th running of the Hobart Thousand, arguably Australia’s longest-running feature event. I say ‘arguably’ because while the Hobart Thousand, which started simply as the Hobart Cup in 1935, has been almost continuous (only missing two years …Read More..
This week will witness the 48th running of the Summer Cup. At one stage this was arguably the premier race for stayers in the nation, taking place, as it did, over the gruelling 800 yards (732 metres) of the Harold …Read More..
19th November Brother Bee (The Fort x Shantung) had his first start in Australia in 1974 after winning the New Zealand St Leger and being automatically seeded into the NSW St Leger (now Paws of Thunder) series. From box one …Read More..
Sandown Park’s landmark Superdog series got into swing Thursday night with an incredible card of racing that included three feature finals and eight Melbourne Cup preludes. The main event of the night was Sandown Shootout, which is always an entertaining …Read More..
Four of the nation’s best greyhounds were announced tonight as the starters in the Group 3 Shootout to be held at Sandown on Thursday 7th November 2013. The $50,000 to the winner event may not have the standard eight dog …Read More..
22nd Bright Agricola took out the Harold Park Derby for owner Schute Saxon and trainer George Bunn, scoring over 800 yards (732 metres) at Harold Park, just five weeks after springing a toe. His owner said if it hadn’t been …Read More..
Those that missed Monday night’s Sita Australia Geelong Gold Cup heats were unfortunately unable to see the fastest run ever around the 460 metres of Beckley Park. Former NSW based, turned Jason Thompson trained sprinter, Black Magic Opal put in …Read More..
As has been widely reported, greyhound racing stewards in at least two states have been sitting an numerous positives swab inquiries, mostly to elevated Testosterone levels. Today Greyhound Racing Victoria’s (GRV) Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board (RADB) finally heard the …Read More..
Greyhound Racing Victoria have today advised that Victorian Hall Of Fame greyhound trainer Graeme Bate has been handed an effective nine month disqualification for returning an elevated Testosterone level in one of his greyhounds. Following advice from Racing Analytical Services …Read More..
When legendary Victorian breeder John Lenehan purchased his first greyhound in 1978 he could have never imagined that he would still be reaping the rewards nearly four decades later. Lenehan purchased a pup, which would grow up to race under …Read More..
Llandilo conditioner Peter Lagogiane will head into this week’s Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint at Wentworth Park as one of the outsiders. However, he is not without a genuine winning chance with the talented Lucks Changed taking her place …Read More..
It certainly feels like a long time since a one-turn provincial cup has been run in Victoria, but after the six heats of the Shepparton Cup were held last Monday night, it highlights how entertaining these types of races can …Read More..
The Shepparton Cup series kicks off tonight with six sensational fields competing for a spot in the Group 2 final. This year’s series sees some serious speedsters contesting the $43,750 event including a mix of proven group performers and emerging …Read More..
When scanning the form guides for an upcoming Thursday night, it is always a nice surprise when good dogs suddenly appear at tracks outside their norm. This week it was Angle Park who grabbed the attention, with four heats of …Read More..
If there were any doubts that Xylia Allen was a true champion, they were dismissed on Saturday night as the bonny black bitch stormed home to record an astonishing triumph in the group 1 AGRA National Sprint Championship at The …Read More..
The night that enthusiasts nationwide have been waiting for is finally here, with 16 of Australia’s best sprinters and stayers converging at The Meadows tonight for a crack at the group one AGRA National Sprint and Distance Championships. The $75,000 …Read More..