2009 National Sprint & Distance Championships

The hosting of the 2009 Schweppes Championships and the Group 1 Schweppes Nantional Distance Championship Final is at Cannington on Saturday 5 September 2009.

The Australian Greyhound Racing Association conducts the Sprint and Distance Championships annually and the National Sprint and Distance Championships feature finals over the distances in the vicinity of 500m and 700m.

Heats and Finals are staged in each State with the Grand Final rotating from State to State each year.

In past years the home state has provided two of the Final runners and either New South Wales or have provided two runners in addition to those gaining runs from South , , West Australia and Queensland.

From 2009 and onwards though only one runner each will qualify from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, West Australia and Queensland. The home state will retain the right to start two runners in the final and the eighth spot will be filled by the highest ranked greyhound who contested the state heats but failed to qualify through to the final from their state.

The are determined by a points system applied to all Group Races on a sliding scale of points first to eighth on each Group race final. You can stay up to date with all the Group Greyhound Racing action and the AGRA rankings by reading our Greyhound News and following the Group Greyhound Racing Box Draws.

Both the and the National Distance Championship carry a first prize of $50,000 and both events are classified as Group 1 events.

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