Grey­hound mile­stone

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Grey­hound rac­ing in west­ern Vic­to­ria will reach a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in Hor­sham on Saturday.

Hor­sham Grey­hound Rac­ing Club will present its 40th an­nual Hor­sham Cup meet­ing at Hor­sham Show­ground.

The club formed a few years be­fore the first cup meet­ing af­ter heavy lob­by­ing from MLA Jim Mc­cabe and was the cul­mi­na­tion of many years of grey­hound events in the re­gion dat­ing back to the days of early Euro­pean set­tle­ment.

Dur­ing its 40-year his­tory the cup meet­ing has pro­duced notable winners in­clud­ing Tem­pix, 1980, Lans­ley Bale, 1998, and Kan­tarn Bale, 2000.

Hor­sham club man­ager Justin Brilliant said the 2018 meet­ing ap­peared set to pro­duce an­other vin­tage year with some of the na­tion’s best rac­ing dogs lin­ing up for a slice of a $67,000 prize pool.

“Widely re­garded as Aus­tralia’s best sprinter, As­ton Dee Bee cruised through his heat last week at his first look at the Hor­sham track,” he said.

“Sit­ting fifth in the all-time prize­money list at almost $800,000, As­ton Dee Bee al­ready has Aus­tralian and Mel­bourne cups on his CV, is on a 25-start streak of not miss­ing a place and will be a short-price favourite.

“But As­ton Dee Bee might not have it all his own way, with a cou­ple of ris­ing su­per stars in Tiempo Dinero and Out Of Range ready to knock the champ off his man­tel. Tiempo Dinero ran the quick­est time in the heats and if he can jump cleanly in the fi­nal will give them some­thing to chase.

“Out Of Range is a two-time Groupone win­ner from just 19 ca­reer starts and will no doubt im­prove with the ex­pe­ri­ence gained from the heats last Fri­day.”

Mr Brilliant said Hor­sham Cup night also pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity for the club to cel­e­brate the achievemen­ts of two ‘vastly dif­fer­ent’ women of the sport, with the run­ning of Sylvia Penny and Jan Wil­son memorial events.

“Sylvia was a life mem­ber who ded­i­cated herself to the club through time spent on the com­mit­tee, ladies com­mit­tee, fundrais­ing and vol­un­teer­ing. Jan was a state par­lia­men­tar­ian and chair­per­son of Grey­hound Rac­ing Vic­to­ria who led the in­dus­try through a time of enor­mous growth and fore­sight to leave a legacy of the fantastic sport we now en­joy,” he said.

Mr Brilliant said the meet­ing would fea­ture fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties such as jumping cas­tles, a gi­ant slide, face-paint­ing, mini golf, a V8 sim­u­la­tor and more.

“Kids also have a chance to win one of four fam­ily mem­ber­ships to Halls Gap Zoo, while the ‘big kids’ can en­joy the punter club run by grey­hound ex­pert and race caller James Van De Maat, the in­flat­able Olde Eng­land Pub and a chance to win vouch­ers.”

The club will run a shut­tle bus ser­vice from 6pm along fish­ing camp ar­eas of the Wim­mera River. En­try is free of charge.

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