Enthusiasm surrounding GRV’s Ready 2 Race Sales continues to gain momentum.
Owners and trainers shared their Ready 2 Race experiences on Bendigo Cup night earlier this month, when Lords Raceway hosted a $10,000 Mid Year Bonus Race for the top prize money earners among the 96 greyhounds sold at the 2014 R2R Sales.
The winner was To The Galo’s who, since being purchased as an unraced pup at the sales last November for $6,000, has raced 25 times for nine wins and earned $28,000 in prize money.
To The Galo’s is owned by the Jetta Can Run Syndicate, managed by Mark Burgin, who said the concept is an ideal way to bring new people into the sport.
“You share the cost between 10 people (as we did) and it’s a cheap way to go and (a way to) have a lot of fun. We all like having a bet and a bit of fun and this (experience) has been way beyond our expectations. He (To The Galo’s) has run some big races in town and around the bush and you just can’t believe the satisfaction he has given us,” Burgin said.
Sheldon Hamilton, owner and trainer of Mid Year Bonus Race finalist Vermont, also endorsed the concept.
“You turn up in November with some money and within two or three weeks you could be racing – and winning races – as we did with both dogs we bought (Vermont & Shifty Jack). Within a month we had recouped our money. You can buy a dog that’s ready to go straight away and it’s fantastic,” Hamilton said.
Beyond Rapid was another greyhound to contest the Mid Year Bonus Race, and owner Brendan Buckley said…“He’s won $21,000 (after) we paid $8,500 for him. He’s only ticked over 18 starts so he’s got a big future ahead of him.”
The dates and location of the 2015 Ready 2 Race Sales have been announced with Bendigo again the host club. Incidentally, the time between heats and finals has been increased from five days to six, with the Monday-Saturday format changed to a Sunday-Saturday arrangement. The heats will be run two days after greyhound racing’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup final.
2015 Ready 2 Race Dates
Heats: Sunday 22 November
Finals & Auction: Saturday 28 November
Location: Bendigo GRA, Lords Raceway, Junortoun