Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club this week announced that Fairthorne Forestry had agreed to taking over the naming rights of this year’s Mount Gambier Cup, which will now be badged as the 2019 Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup.
First conducted in 1981, and as a Group Listed event from last year when won by Xtreme Caution, the cup – expected to rise to Group 3 status by 2021 – is run over 512 metres and carries $15,000 plus bonuses to the winner.
As announced last week, the bonuses refer to the linking by Greyhound Racing SA of the Murray Bridge Cup final on Sunday, March 17 over 455 metres and the Mount Gambier Cup final on Sunday, March 31.
A $5000 bonus will be paid if the same dog can win both the Murray Bridge Cup and Mount Gambier Cup while a trainer bonus, also worth $5000, will be paid if the same trainer can win both cups (SA or interstate trainer, with same or different dogs).
In making the announcement this week, Fairthorne director Richard Synnot said his company was looking forward to being involved with Mount Gambier greyhound racing’s biggest meeting of the year.
“We’re firmly entrenched in the region, Fairthorne Forestry being a family company that owns and harvests its own pines and blue gums in the south east of South Australia and in south west Victoria,” he said.
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club conducts more than 70 race meetings annually, all covered on Radio TAB and Sky Racing nationally. As such, Fairthorne Forestry will also be included in the naming of races on a week to week basis.