Warragul Greyhound Racing Club
The Warragul Greyhound Racing Club held its first race meeting on 30 December 1935 and has been a part of the Latrobe Valley community for more than 80 years. It’s had different homes over the years and at one time held races on a short straight track before settling at Logan Park, which it shares with the Warragul Harness and Light Harness Racing Clubs and where the present track was comprehensively remodelled in 2010.
As a major regional hub for greyhound racing, the Warragul club hosts over 100 meetings per year at distances of 400m, 460m and 680m, mostly on Tuesday and Thursday nights, along with trials on most Wednesday and Fridays. Highlights of the club’s racing calendar are the Warragul St Leger, with a $25,000 first prize and the Group 2 Warragul Cup with a $47,000 first prize, one of the four legs in the Gippsland Carnival.
The Warragul Greyhound Racing Club is not just an excellent racing venue, it also offers great facilities to the community for social functions, such as engagement parties and weddings, as well as business functions, including conventions, seminars and exhibitions.
The Warragul Greyhound Racing Club is committed to managing its operations with the community in mind and organises and hosts many events to support good causes and give local groups and residents opportunities to meet, raise funds and enjoy themselves.
The club directly employs 16 permanent and casual staff while greyhound racing also generates many more indirect local jobs and contributes around $40 million to the Gippsland region, providing hundreds of local jobs and a market for local goods and services.
The Great Chase
This annual event raises money for community groups that work with the aged and disabled and gives their clients a great day out at the races. Since 2003 the Warragul Great Chase Community Days have donated around $20,000 to local community groups.
When marketing executive Garry Allen first offered to help his father with his greyhounds, he had no idea it would lead to meeting his wife, Corinne, at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club’s kennels, and to becoming a committee member and President of the club. Over the past 45 years, Garry played a big part in restoring what was a very run down venue at Warragul into one of regional Victoria’s best greyhound racing clubs. And he’s still training and racing dogs, including two greyhound pups he recently bought for $750 each, which are now turning into real champions.
For many years, Mary Lieshout and her husband Eddie ran their Parumba Stud Greyhound Kennels as one of Australia’s leading breeding operations, home to such great sires as Shining Chariot and bringing in American dogs to develop new bloodlines. But when Mary suffered serious health problems, it looked like her life with greyhounds could be over. However, thanks to the support of her family and the greyhound racing community, and her love of the dogs, Mary steadily recovered and is now once again active in the sport, catching at the races and helping Eddie breed and train a new generation of champions.
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