Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival isn’t just about the thoroughbreds, with greyhound racing’s Warrnambool Cup (450m) and Classic Finals to be run on Wednesday night, May 4.
The Group 2 Warrnambool Classic series begins tonight with local Dustin Drew quietly confident about the chances of Kilty Express, whom he trains in partnership with his father, Ray.
“We set him for this series about six weeks ago. He is drawn in box one and he has the advantage of racing on his home track, so he should go well,” Dustin said.
WATCH: Kilty Express’ first start at Warrnambool from box six.
Team Drew also has a second greyhound contesting a Classic heat tonight called Fencer (pictured with Dustin and his 18-month-old daughter Evie), who has won two races from seven starts including a slick win at Ballarat in 25.38sec.
Drew said the May Racing Carnival was massive for the entire town of seaside town of Warrnambool, which is located three hours west of Melbourne.
“The whole Carnival is so big. It brings a lot of people to the town which is great for the hotels, restaurants and pubs.”
“The town is absolutely abuzz with people having a great time. While it is exciting, for greyhound trainers and horse trainers it is a particularly busy time. We are the ones putting on the show!” he laughed.
A total of 14 Warrnambool Classic heats – each carrying $3,900 in prize money – will be conducted over the next two nights, including tonight’s entire 12 race card along with two more during Warrnambool’s regular Wednesday night fixture.
Warrnambool’s race meeting on Wednesday night April 27 will incorporate four semi-finals of the Warrnambool Classic – made up of this week’s best Classic heat performers – while the club will also host heats of the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup (450m) on the same night.