End of era when Can­ning­ton track closes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

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.

James Broad­hurst

Trainer Jane Car­ruthers with Rapid Jour­ney af­ter his win in the 1998 Na­tional Sprint Cham­pi­onship.

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