Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine has announced funding of $9,000 to help celebrate the 140th anniversary of greyhound racing in Victoria at this year’s Waterloo Cup at Longwood in the State’s North East.
Dr Napthine said the Waterloo Cup combined with family friendly activities is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the first greyhound event in Victoria.
The Waterloo Cup meeting will be held over two days at the Longwood Coursing Club on Saturday 31 August culminating with the running of the 138th Waterloo Cup finals on Sunday 1 September.
“This is a great event to encourage new patrons to experience the thrill of greyhound coursing,” Dr Napthine said.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said the event was a great opportunity for residents from Longwood, Euroa and Nagambie to experience greyhound racing.
“This will be a terrific family event and a great chance to see more than 100 greyhounds race for the richest prize in Victorian greyhound coursing,” Mr Sykes said.
Patrons will enjoy a range of family-oriented activities on race day including:
Camp Australia activities;
a jumping castle;
sled dog displays; and
cars from the Buick Car Club of Victoria on show.
The National Coursing Association of Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria will celebrate this important milestone by having a special ‘birthday’ cake for all patrons to enjoy.
Greyhound Racing Victoria Chairman Peter Caillard said the Waterloo Cup is a great opportunity for people to experience greyhound racing at the grassroots level.
“The extra on course activities that will be provided through the Raceday Attraction Program at the event are sure to entice more people to help celebrate 140 great years of tradition.”
National Coursing Association of Victoria Secretary Carolyn Mills said the race day attractions will help to advertise the fantastic sport of greyhound racing to enthusiasts and to the local Longwood community.
“It will be a great day out for all of the family as we celebrate where greyhound racing all began; we are the grass roots of greyhound racing in the state of Victoria,” Ms Mills said.
“The meeting will bring trainers and visitors as to the area and local businesses will benefit,” said Ms Mills.
The Victorian Coalition Government is providing more than $4,000 from its Raceday Attraction Program, with Greyhound Racing Victoria contributing $3,000 and the National Coursing Association of Victoria contributing $2,400.