Victorian greyhound racing enthusiasts are in for a treat with the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association hosting the 2013 National Sprint and Distance Championship finals at The Meadows on Saturday 24 August.
Craig Ondarchie, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and State Member for Northern Metropolitan Region said the event would showcase the cream of Victorian greyhounds taking on all challengers from across Australia.
A focus on the night, apart from the racing, will be the Great Gatsby themed Young Persons’ Marquee on the new terrace area. The marquee will feature a DJ and be hosted by two young racing personalities to help with tips on greyhound racing.
An entry package to the marquee will include finger food, entertainment and giveaways throughout the evening.
There will also be children’s activities throughout the evening including face painting, a jumping castle and showbag give-aways.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is getting right behind this major national event at the Meadows by helping to put on a simply fantastic night of entertainment and other off-track activities,” Mr Ondarchie said.
“I encourage everyone, particularly those in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, to be at The Meadows on Saturday 24th august to cheer home the Vics against the interstate raiders.
“The Meadows is a terrific venue to enjoy world-class greyhound racing action with easy parking and some great spots to watch greyhound racing close up.”
The National Sprint and Distance Championship finals are rotated around Australia and thus only come to Melbourne every six years. Both the National Sprint Championship and the National Distance Championship carry first-prize money of $75,000. Hundreds of interstate participants are expected to come to Victoria for the finals and lead-up events.
Greyhound Racing Victoria Chairman, Peter Caillard said that GRV is proud to welcome the nation’s best greyhounds to The Meadows for the running of the National Sprint and Distance Championships.
“This is a unique and prestigious series and the support of the State Government has been important in ensuring we provide the best possible event to showcase the sport of greyhound racing,” Mr Caillard said
“The eyes of the nation will be on The Meadows on Saturday 24 August, with the series essentially being a greyhound racing ‘State of Origin’. The Victorian greyhounds will be the home-town favourites and we’ll be cheering them home along with the big crowd on-course.”