Richmond greyhound track

Track name: RichmondRichmond Greyhound Racing Track
Address: 312 Londonderry Road, Londonderry NSW, 2753
Phone: (02) 4578-2136
Fax: (02) 4578-3627

Racing Distances: 330m, 400m, 535m, 618m, 715m.

Track Records:
330m – 18.37 – Squashed Banana – April 28, 2012
400m – 22.25 – Spring Gun – February 4, 2012
535m – 29.90 – Punch One Out – April 10, 2013
618m – 35.00 – Space Star – March 19, 2014
717m – 41.66 – Blue Lorian – April 9, 2011

Trials:

Monday morning (private trials) – for the names on the board between 8am and 12pm, with ticket sales to cease at 11:30am. No trial times will be displayed on semaphore board, with tickets to be collected in the catching pen. Lead ons and finish ons are $15 each, with each subsequent finish on being $12. Ordinary trials are $12 each.

Tuesday morning (private trials) – for the names on the board between 8am and 12pm, with ticket sales to cease at 11:30am. No trial times will be displayed on semaphore board, with tickets to be collected in the catching pen. Lead ons and finish ons are $15 each, with each subsequent finish on being $12. Ordinary trials are $12 each.

Thursday morning – Pre-booked trials commencing at 8:00am, with lead ons and finish ons $15 each, with each subsequent finish on being $12. Ordinary trials are $12 each. All trials must be booked by 3:00pm on the Wednesday prior.

Richmond – history

Richmond is one of the leading provincial greyhound tracks in New South Wales racing on Saturday nights and Wednesday evenings throughout the year. The track is a two turn loam circuit racing over 330, 400, 535, 618 and 717 metres.

The track, based at Londonderry, was first opened as a thoroughbred and harness track and held its first meeting on December 17, 1912. Aside from four years during the depression, the track has continually held race meetings until the present day.

Until the late 1930s, the club usually held between 4-5 race meetings a year with saddle horses competing against those driven in sulkies.

The gallops ceased racing at Richmond in 1952 and the Club then operated solely with its trotting licence until October 1955 when greyhound racing was introduced on the straight track on site on Saturday afternoons.

The 110 acre property that the racetrack was built upon was purchased by the Club in 1958 for £17,500. Shortly after the purchase, the Londonderry Trotting and Race Club limited was established. Nine years later, the club changed its name to the Richmond Race Club Ltd and continued on with conducting both trotting and greyhound races.

Richmond developed a new grass circle track for greyhound racing in 1968 and started holding non-tab race meetings on it until the March 28, 1969, when the track was granted full TAB coverage.

It was an additional two years until harness racing at Richmond also received TAB coverage.

Thanks to the administration of Elwin Holmes, John Varley and Frank Kennedy during the 1970s, Richmond became the leading provincial track in the state. Kennedy was responsible for Richmond becoming the first greyhound club to have their races shown on television when Channel 7 showed replays of events on a show Kennedy hosted, Punter’s Post Mortem.

In 1987 the Richmond Club Committee met with the NSW Harness Racing Authority to discuss the future of the current grass track and changes they wished to make. Subsequently, the harness track closed for six months in August 1987 before re-opening on March 28, 1988. Ten years later, on December 30, 1997, the last harness meeting was held at Richmond.

The last meeting on the old grass track was held on the June 4, 1999, before the surface was replaced with a new loam track. The first meeting on the loam track was a non-TAB meeting on September 5, 1999, before the first TAB meeting was run on September 10 of that same year.

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