Geelong Cup Festival Ambassador Named

Channel Seven reporter Dylan Howard is the ambassador for the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club's 2008 ‘Blue and White Festival of Racing' (October 3-31).

Howard commenced his career as a journalist with the Geelong Advertiser. He still writes an opinion page for the paper's Saturday edition, titled “Howard's Way”.

Howard joined Channel Seven in 2005 as a sports reporter, primarily focusing on AFL. He was acknowledged for his breaking news report on the sacking of former Carlton coach Denis Pagan.

The festival kicks off tomorrow night with six heats of the 2 Geelong Australia (457m).

Local legend Graeme Bate of Lara has a four-strong team – , Gisborn Bale, Taipan Bale and Hastings Bale – in a bid to claim his seventh . Bate's previous winners are Satan's Shroud (1982), Modern Gossip (1987), (1989), (1998), Suellen Bale (2001) and (2006).

Patrons will enjoy free admission during the heats, semi-finals (October 10) and final (October 17), which carries a $40,000 first prize plus gold cup valued at $1200.

Speed queen Betty's Angel, trained by of Little River, will parade the cup finalists to the starting boxes. Winner of the 2006 Australian and Victorian gongs, Betty's Angel ($436,620) is also third on Australia's all-time stakes list.

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