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Last Updated: 11 May 2023 03:02:55 PM

150 Years

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

Greyhound racing in Victoria celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2023. To celebrate this momentous occasion, a dedicated exhibition is currently on display at the Australian Sports Museum at the MCG.

The interactive display showcases historical greyhound racing memorabilia relating to the early days of coursing, the prized Melbourne and Australian Cups, champion modern-day sprinter Wow She’s Fast and Victoria’s world-leading Greyhound Adoption Program.

The exhibition will be on show for museum visitors for a 12-month period ending 30 April, 2024.

COURSING:
WHERE IT
ALL BEGAN

Victorian greyhound racing began in 1873 and for its first 70+ years it was purely a one-on-one sport known as coursing. Greyhound coursing continues today in the colder months, providing enormous benefits to racing greyhounds.

HOLY GRAIL:
MELBOURNE AND
AUSTRALIAN CUPS

Victoria is home to the highest standard of greyhound racing in the world. The Melbourne Cup – held at Sandown Park in November; and Australian Cup – conducted at The Meadows in February – are this state’s two most prestigious races.

WOW SHE’S FAST:
A CANINE
SUPERHERO

Wow She’s Fast is greyhound racing’s ‘Phar Lap’. When the sport needed a hero during the COVID pandemic, Wow She’s Fast took the imagination of racing fans by storm, becoming the first greyhound to win $2 million in prize money.

GREYHOUND ADOPTION PROGRAM

Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) started in 1996 and was the first of its kind in Australia. The success of the program is evident by the thousands of pet greyhounds around the state wearing the iconic green GAP collars.

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