Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club recently met with Greyhound Racing SA in regard to changing its Friday meetings to Wednesdays – a slot currently held by Angle Park.
At the moment, the Friday meetings, which are time-based fixtures for lower-grade greyhounds, appear to be having an impact on the Sunday nominations.
MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week that as rule greyhounds weren’t backing up at Sunday meetings after having raced two days earlier.
“As things stand we generally run on two Fridays a month so if we could work in with Angle Park and switch these to Wednesday we believe that the extra time between meetings would allow for greater Sunday nominations,” he said.
“Originally, we had three Friday meetings scheduled for next month – December 1, 15 and 29 but following discussion with GRSA we have now been able to switch the December 29 fixture to Wednesday, December 27. At least that’s a start.”
No racing on Sunday, December 24 means there will be seven fixtures for the month with the highlight being the Christmas Cup meeting on December 17 – further details being announced in the next few days.
Last year’s Christmas Cup (512 m) was won by the Richard Clayfield trained Glenville Jester who defeated Old Jock and Abbey’s Hand in 30.05 seconds.
Milla Laddrak, of Ozenkadnook, will again sponsor the Royal Fashion Open Maiden (512 m) and the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet for bitches.
The David Williams trained Cilla Brown won last year’s Royal Fashion from Carry On Elvis and Azumi Spice while the Ladies Bracelet saw victory go to Phil Lenehan’s Lektra Hutch by a half head from Brazen Beau.
Also being run at the December 17 meeting will be the Christmas Challenge, last year run over 600 metres and won by Robert Halliday’s Homer from Fascinated and Shannah’s Might in 35.60 seconds.