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Big News for Breeders as R2R Age Bracket Expanded

Some great news has emerged for Victorian breeders with the age bracket for GRV’s 2014 Ready 2 Race Sales expanded as of today, opening the door for many more greyhounds to be nominated.

Further, nominations have also been extended, and will now close at 4:00pm on Friday 24 October, a week later than was initially advertised.

Paul Bartolo is one breeder that is delighted with the announcement.

“I thought I’d only have a couple of pups eligible for the Ready 2 Race Sales, but I can enter a few more now,” the Little River breeder said.
Bartolo is one of Victoria’s premier breeders, with his bloodline stemming back to GRV Hall of Fame broodmatron Leprechaun Miss, which has produced countless champions including 2006 Melbourne Cup winner Betty’s Angel among many others.

His stock adds class to the Ready 2 Race Sales which is entering its third year after it began in 2012.

There was once a time when Bartolo regularly received in excess of 30 calls a week from people wanting to buy greyhounds from his bloodline – whether race dogs or pups – and this was without advertising.

1 August 2012 – 31 July 2013 (Expanded from 1 February 2013 – 31 July 2013).

Friday 24 October 2014 at 4:00pm (Previously 4:00pm Friday 17 October 2014).

Therefore, the fact he is so keen to enter pups in the Ready 2 Race Sales is a huge endorsement for the concept.

“The thing I like about the Ready 2 Race Sales is that people are there, with money in hands, ready to buy on the spot, and they get to see the pups in action before they bid.”

“It saves you from having to advertise and I’ve found that pups often sell for more than they would if you did advertise them, so it’s a really good avenue for breeders to sell their pups.”

“And it’s really exciting being there on the day. You always hope your pups do well, and, funnily enough, I remember last year I was probably just as nervous watching my pups go around in the Ready 2 Race Sales as I am when they race in group races,” Bartolo said.

Bartolo sold four pups at the 2013 R2R Sales – Final Bid, Senor Finn, Max Moon and We Borta Chief – all of which have won races for their respective buyers.

Location: Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association
Heats: Monday 17 November
Finals & Auction: Saturday 22 November
*Greyhounds to compete in four-dog fields across both days. Auction commences following the running of all finals.
Pictured: Paul Bartolo’s son Ray with one of the family’s four greyhounds that went to Auction last year. Pic Clint Anderson.

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