The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club today announced the new date for the 2008 Hawkins Media Solutions Super Stayers, and also announced the programming of the Big Dog Challenge.
The changes became necessary after the major disruption to the SKY Channel Winter Carnival due to the closure of the Russ Hinze Stand at Albion Park Raceway.
The Hawkins Media Solutions Super Stayers, a four dog invitation race over 710m will be staged on Thursday 4th December, on the night of the heats of the Group 1 SKY Channel Brisbane Cup. Prize money will total $22,500, with $15,000 to the winner. The Club will issue fresh invitations to runners in November.
Race sponsor, Steve Hawkins said today, “whilst we are disappointed the meeting was called off we are more than happy to fit in with the new schedule of dates understanding this situation is beyond the Brisbane Club’s control. The Super Stayers race is growing in stature and we are very proud to be the sponsor.”
The Final of the Group 3 Big Dog Queensland Cup had to be abandoned due to the disruption of the racing schedule at Albion Park. Prize money for the final was divided equally amongst the eight finalists. The Brisbane Club will now stage The Big Dog Challenge over 600m, with heats scheduled for Thursday 11 December and the final on Thursday 18 December. The Final will carry total prize money of $10,000, with $6,650 to the winner.
Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club General Manager, Luke Gatehouse in announcing the these two races said, “we have had a sever disruption to our highly successful Winter Carnival, so we are programming these two events to compliment the Group 1 Sky Channel Brisbane Cup in December to make an exciting three week Summer Carnival. With the events over our three major race distances, it will provide participants with a variety of choices for their kennels, and we hope to encourage a large contingent of interstate visitors to Albion Park.”
The Current Summer Carnival Schedule:
- Heats Group 1 Sky Channel Brisbane Cup 520m
- Hawkins Media Solutions Super Stayers 710m
- Final Group 1 Sky Channel Brisbane Cup 520m
- Heats Big Dog Challenge 600m
- Heats Sky Channel Christmas Stocking 520m 5th grade greyhounds
- Final Big Dog Challenge 600m
- Final Sky Channel Christmas Stocking 520m 5th grade greyhounds