The Coonamble Greyhound Racing Club has a very long and successful history. For over forty years the club has held the biggest non tab carnival in Australia.
Trainers come from all over the country to try their luck over the three days of racing. The biggest race on the calendar is the maiden 301, which this year is sponsored by Jamie McHugh and his company Global Hr. Jamie grew up in Coonamble and still has family in the town and involved in the club. The heats are on the Saturday, with the final on the Monday.
Jamie and his brother Leith also sponsor the Shinner Ryan Memorial race which is in memory of Shinner, who was the caller for many years. Another memorial race on the program is the Tony Finlay Memorial. Tony served as secretary for over 30 years and was instrumental in making the club what it is today.
Coonamble is a small regional town with a population of 3,000. It’s a farming community located on the banks of the Castlereagh River and is situated 1.5 hours north of Dubbo.
The whole town looks forward to the carnival, with many local business sponsoring the club and most of the locals attending the carnival. With eight bookmakers and a full bar and canteen available, it’s a great weekend out.
This year Coonamble has a new promotion thanks to the sponsorship of Brad Canty, who is sponsoring the Canty’s Coonamble Cash. Following kennelling and prior to the running of the first race at all of the race meetings over the carnival, a runner will be drawn from that meeting on track. The greyhound’s connections will receive $500.00 cash. If that greyhound wins its event connections will receive an additional $2,000.00 cash.
Over the years there has been some spectacular greyhounds run in the carnival. The first runner to win the maiden was Zeiton in 1973 in a time of 18.15. The best time for this event was in 2010 with Press Statement running a record breaking 16.96. The winner last year was Maloo Keeping, trained locally in Dubbo.
Another highlight of the carnival is the calcutta, which is held at the Terminus Hotel. After the calcutta there is a bbq and get together at the track to watch the NRL grand final. All trainers and connections are invited to attend this free afternoon.
An event of this size does not happen overnight. The carnival involves a great deal of work, both behind the scenes and during the carnival. The executive and the committee would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for all their hard work.
The carnival is a good example of country racing at its best and we hope to see you all there.
Editors Note :
Transport information for those attending this fantastic carnival. Your best options are to either drive to Coonamble, or if attending in a group you can fly into Dubbo and hire a car from there, which is an affordable option.
ARG is also proud to be sponsoring a 530m Best 16 event at the Carnival for greyhounds with no more than five wins.
Please open the link below for information on what will be a great time for all those in attendance.