End of era when Cannington track closes
IT WILL be the end of an era for greyhound racing when the Cannington track closes its gates for the final time on Saturday night after four decades of racing.
The theme of the final meeting is ‘The Last Hurrah’.
Greyhounds WA will relocate to a new $14 million facility in the next few months. And the new track will begin racing in October.
The club doesn’t have far to move into its new home, which is currently being constructed on land adjacent to the existing track just behind the totaliser board.
Cannington Central held its first race meeting on December 12, 1974 when a massive crowd came to witness an eight-race card.
The legendary Sandi’s Me Mum won the first of her two national titles at Cannington in 1989 and modern day star Miata broke the all-time stakemoney record in front of an adoring home crowd in the 2013 Galaxy final.
However the most memorable moment belongs to an interstate chaser, NSW superstar Rapid Journey.
Rapid Journey’s amazing effort to come from last to take out the 1998 National Sprint final is considered by many to be the finest run ever on an Australian racetrack. Entry is free on Saturday.
Trainer Jane Carruthers with Rapid Journey after his win in the 1998 National Sprint Championship.