Longwood folk won’t know what’s hit them this weekend when coursing comes to town on Saturday and Sunday for the running of the 2016 Victoria Derby and Oaks as well as the Twin Code Challenge.
The Twin Code Challenge requires the stamina of coursing and the speed of the short-course circuit in order to compete in both codes – which will be a necessary requirement when the winners and runners up of the final earn the right to compete at the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club over 390m on August 4 for the major prize.
The heats of the Twin Code Challenge will begin on Sunday, which is day two of this weekend’s Longwood coursing meeting.
National Coursing Association (NCA) Secretary Sue Delaney said “there are some smart dogs entered after recent wins during the Longwood Cup meeting.”
Also creating interest across the weekend will be a sibling rivalry in the Derby on Saturday between brothers Michael and Brian Fothergill. Dessy Fozz will represent Michael’s kennel, while Swift Knockout will be racing for Brian in their first coursing outings.
“This weekend will see extremely competitive coursing, particularly from the young greyhounds in the coveted Derby and Oaks award for 2016,” NCA Secretary, Sue Delaney explained.
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