Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

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Club appoints new manager

Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president, Noel Perry, this week announced the appointment of Mark Dwyer as the club’s new manager.

He will take over from Barry Shepheard who has been the MGGRC’s secretary/club manager on a continuous basis since 2009. He is stepping down in order to concentrate on his stewarding duties.

Dwyer, who currently lives in Millicent with wife Ann, has vast experience in the hospitality industry. This ranges from the takeaway business to senior management roles in South Australian and Northern Territory hotels.

President Noel Perry catches up with Mark Dwyer at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

He also has extensive knowledge of the horse racing industry, being a former president of the Millicent Racing Club and vice-president of the Northern Territory Owners and Trainers Association. He was also on the committee of the Ceduna Racing Club.

And in Dwyer’s own words, “I’ve trained winners from Darwin to Donald.” However, these days his involvement centres on the selling and syndication of racehorses.

“We source horses from a variety of locations and do have a pretty good strike rate. Just last Sunday two of our horses were successful at Bordertown – Sebonna in the Bordertown Cup and Saint Kitts.”

Dwyer, 61, said he had always been interested in racing in general, his first association with greyhounds coming about at an early age through visits to his grandparents’ property at Murray Bridge.

“As it happened, their property backed on to that of Emil and Mavis Borchardt who gave SA greyhound racing such a great start with their ‘Bristol’ dogs, in particular Bristol Miss.

“My father, Harry, was also involved with the Strathalbyn Greyhound Racing Club in the very early days when he was one of those who took out debentures in the club in order to get the track up and running.”

Dwyer, who was at the track for last Sunday’s meeting, said he could appreciate just how far the MGGRC had come since those early days out at Glenburnie.

“I think it’s terrific that the club’s Mount Gambier Cup carries Listed status and that the committee is now working towards the event being elevated to Group 3 which will see it carry $25,000 to the winner.”

During 2022, the Tara Raceway patron facility will undergo a significant refurbishment with a view to substantially improving the visual and functional amenity.

“The patron facility will also be able to generate revenue by hosting functions on non-race days,” Dwyer said. “This is just one aspect of the job that I am really looking forward to because I enjoy a challenge.

“In other words, I’ll be here to help guide the club as it moves forward.”

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