Items filtered by date: July 2020

Victoria’s racing program will be boosted from 23 to 26 meetings a week from now until July 2021, GRV CEO Alan Clayton announced today.

“We will put on three extra race meetings a week funded from additional monies added to the existing prizemoney pool,” Mr Clayton said.

“This means that there is no prizemoney reduction to the current racing program with the additional meetings funded by new money.”

Mr Clayton said expanding the racing program would grow revenue and create jobs which would lead to increased prizemoney and returns to participants and help secure the future of our sport.

He said free trials, to be introduced at all 13 Victorian clubs from 1 August 2020, were aimed at helping ease financial pressures faced by participants and improving welfare outcomes.

“This program has been developed in collaboration with Greyhound Clubs Victoria (GCV) as part of the stimulus package to sustain our sport and support participants,” Mr Clayton said.

“The trials will be administered and managed by GCV and club managers and the program covers pen trials, arm trials and post-race trials.

“It is expected that the implementation of free trials will further assist in the reduction of injuries.”

Mr Clayton said GRV would be conducting research into the success of the trials in relation to their impact in reducing track injury.

“The trials will also give clubs the opportunity to employ more local people and assist in maintaining tracks at a high standard,’’ he said.

GRV and GCV would review the trials program’s operations on a monthly basis to ensure that it is tracking as anticipated and participants are able to access trials.

“GRV and GCV have had dialogue with all club managers to work through the associated scheduling, recording and reimbursement issues,” Mr Clayton said.

“Prior to August 1, GCV and club managers, assisted by GRV, will determine how participants can book the free trials, including monitoring the numbers of greyhounds which can be trialled on any one day and potential penalties for anyone nominating a greyhound, but failing to trial.”

Greyhound Clubs Victoria chairman, Adrian Scott said he welcomed the opportunity to work with Greyhound Racing Victoria for this important funding contribution.

“We are grateful for the support of the State Government through the Experience Economy Survival Package, this will provide a boost to our industry and in particular clubs and participants who will directly benefit through increased prizemoney and free trials,” Mr Scott said.

“While we have been able to continue with the scheduling of our race meetings, albeit without crowds, clubs’ revenue streams have been hit hard and that has impacted in a number of areas.

“This funding and the initiatives will ensure that we continue to support participants with a broader spread of prizemoney and cost savings with the introduction of free trials.”

Funding for both initiatives are supported by the $3.42 million GRV received from the State Government’s Experience Economy Survival Package.

Published in News
Monday, 27 July 2020 11:29

Extra race meetings and free trials

GRV CEO Alan Clayton & Greyhound Clubs Victoria Chairman Adrian Scott joined RSN’s Racing Central to discuss two significant announcements this morning.

The number of weekly race meetings on the Victorian greyhound calendar is set to climb from 23 to 26, for the purpose of growing revenue and creating jobs, which will lead to increased prizemoney and returns to participants. This, in turn, will also help secure the future of our sport.

The decision around free trials was a request from Victoria’s 13 race clubs, led by GCV, to help ease financial pressures faced by participants and improve welfare outcomes.

Published in News
Monday, 20 July 2020 19:47

Sale greyhound Club - a great yarn

A great stroy from Neil Brown

Without any doubt the greatest greyhound to come from Sale is the mighty Temlee. Not only a racetrack superstar, the brindle powerhouse was to rewrite the record books in a stunning stud career, with a contribution that places him close to the best of all time. An incredible turn of events was behind the reason Temlee was whelped at all. On a trip to Tony Duke's breeding property in search of a well-bred brood bitch Sale greyhound racing identity Tom Davidson bought Temora Lee for $800, but due to injury she never raced in Victoria. Not long after the purchase Davidson passed away but prior to his death he requested his greyhounds be humanely put down. Fortunately, family members could not bring themselves to have this done and gave Temora Lee to friend and former Sale club President Barry Bailey. He was to choose unproven stud dog Tivoli Chief as the sire and although the litter was registered in the name of Mary Davidson, Bailey paid the stud fee and whelped down the litter. The late Ray Hocken brought Temlee for $135 and gave him to Sale Railway worker Frank Cray to rear and train at his Sale property. Early on Temlee became sick with a bad bout of Hepatitis and distemper. Cray treated the pup indoors for a number of weeks and if it wasn’t for that intensive care he would have been lost. The reward was the first time he trialled after breaking in was at Sale, Temlee ran just outside the track record.

Only two dogs in the history of the Sale Cup have broken the track record when winning the final. In 1984 Champion race dog and 83 Silver Chief winner Chariot Supreme recorded 24.35 for the 424 metres. Starting 4/5 on from box six he defeated Flying Fast and Linden South. Then in 1995, winner Wylie Boy broke the 511-track record running 29.31. From box one he beat Melbourne Cup winner City Blitz. Wylie Boy came back in 1996 and won the Cup again going on five months later to win the 96 Top Gun at Sandown.  


Read the complete history and Club Manager Peter Johnson

Published in News
Monday, 20 July 2020 14:43

It’s a dog’s life

Throughout this global pandemic, our dogs have remained our priority.

We have kept our promise to man's best friend, and ensured they continue to do what they love, and that is run.

Every step of the way, our trainers and our dogs have been there for each other, whether it’s racing, bringing puppies into the world or finding them their forever homes they have been on this journey together.

It’s a dog’s life - our dogs and our trainers will continue to be our focus and our priority.




Enjoy our clip on Facebook - It’s a dog’s life

Published in News
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 20:09

GRV Monthly feature - Healesville

Meet our first lady of Greyhounds in Victoria.  Cynthia gained her Owner /Trainer/ Public Trainer and Breeder licence in 1975 and has been a driving force in the industry ever since. 

Read the full article and history of the Healesville Greyhound track

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