Suburban Melbourne volunteer group Riding Develops Abilities landed a $7,500 windfall on Thursday night thanks to a superb win by star greyhound Unlawful Entry in the Group 1 Hobart Thousand.
Unlawful Entry has now won a total of $22,480.50 for Riding Develops Abilities’ Oaklands Junction branch in Melbourne’s north since October, after a unique partnership was struck between the talented canine and the group.
The connection between Unlawful Entry and Riding Develops Abilities, which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to ride horses, began at Greyhound Racing Victoria’s biggest community event, the TAB Great Chase Grand Final at The Meadows.
“This money means everything to us. It means we can make improvements to our facility that were previously just a pipe dream” – RDA OAKLANDS PRESIDENT, FIONA ORR
Attending this day were more than 600 people representing 60 groups from Victoria’s disability sector, with eight of those groups randomly drawn and each partnered with a greyhound in the Grand Final.
The eight groups shared in $17,500 on the day, with RDA Oaklands Junction being paired with Grand Final winner Unlawful Entry, thus scooping the biggest share in the pool of $10,000 plus the equivalent of 10 per cent of the greyhound’s earnings for 12 months.
“This money means everything to us. It means we may now able to make improvements to our facility such as constructing a disabled toilet facility and an undercover riding area,” announced RDA Oaklands President, Fiona Orr.
“These items were always on our wish list but were previously just a pipe dream. Now they are becoming a reality.”
Since the TAB Great Chase Grand Final Unlawful Entry has become an elite performer on the track, competing against the country’s finest greyhound sprinters including a second placing in the Group 2 Ballarat Cup.
Thursday’s Hobart Thousand win was his most significant win so far, with the race carrying a $75,000 first prize for Trainer Brett Bravo, who is based in the Geelong region, and his daughter Bronte, who owns Unlawful Entry.
Unlawful Entry will next race at The Meadows in Melbourne on Saturday night, in a heat of the rich Group 1 Silver Chief series.
“We will be at The Meadows to show our support for Unlawful Entry,” Fiona added.WATCH: Highlights from the 2015 TAB Great Chase Grand Final.