Galaxy of stars
BORDER PARK Raceway is preparing to become the centre of the regional greyhound racing universe tomorrow afternoon. Some of Australia's leading trainers will be putting their best dogs forward in a bid to qualify for the prestigious $25,000 Galaxy Carnival on Monday.
Regarded as Australia's premier regional greyhound race, the Galaxy always attracts a quality field and tomorrow will be the trainers' last chance to get their greyhounds into the big one.
A 10-race program is planned for Border Park Raceway with eight qualifiers for the Galaxy and two heats of the Greyhound Racing NSW Country Challenge.
The winner of each heat of the Galaxy qualifiers will go straight into the final on Monday and will be in with a shot of winning $25,000 for connections.
“This is a very big race for everyone in the greyhound racing world and we have attracted some of the best dogs in the country,” Border Park Raceway secretary Stephen McGrath said.
“We have the strong Victorian team of Dennis Trewin and Tina Wonan coming with their greyhounds as well as previous winner Ray Watson,” McGrath said.
“Trainer Graham Bate has entered his dog Taipan Bale which he flew up here on Monday and had it out trailing on Tuesday.
“Back to defend his Galaxy title is Ipswich trainer Tony Brett who is looking to go for two in a row, but I don't think it will be with the same dog that won last year.”
Last year Brett's dog, Never Surrender, proved a popular winner with the punters, claiming the Galaxy in a time of 23.68 seconds.
“For everyone entered in the heats, this is it, as you don't get any second chances,” McGrath said.
McGrath said he was expecting a big crowd at Border Park tomorrow to watch the heats - which usually gave avid punters a good indication of which greyhounds to watch in the Galaxy final.
The first two races on tomorrow's program will be the heats of the GRNSW Country Challenge over 520m.
The Challenge format has seen more than 200 greyhounds compete for the championship across 28 tracks in NSW this year.
Greyhounds accumulate points based on their finishing position in the finals.
The highest point-scoring greyhound at the end of the 28 track series is crowned GRNSW Country Challenge Champion.
The connections take home a $10,000 bonus.
The final of the Border Park leg of the Challenge will also be run on Monday as a support race to the Galaxy final.
Gates open for racing tomorrow at Border Park from 11am with the first race due to jump at 1.15pm.
Make sure you get a copy of tomorrow's Tweed Daily News for fields and Stephen McGrath's tips on the races.
For more details, visit the website at www.tweedheadscoursing.com.au or turn to page 29.