“Straight Racing… Great Racing”
The inaugural Healesville Racing Festival will run throughout a 10-week block incorporating numerous feature races and $800,000 in prize money, culminating with the Group 2 Healesville Cup in mid-September.
Bookended by two of the club’s traditional annual events – the Winter Cup and the Healesville Cup – the Festival will also include the Victorian leg of the National Straight Track Championship.
The first ever Highway 31 Maiden Challenge will see a state versus state rivalry take centre stage with NSW greyhounds to earn the right to take on the Big V in the Healesville final via heats at the Richmond straight track.
And arguably the most exciting innovation in the Festival is the introduction of The Arrow, which will see head-to-head racing up the straight involving a $1,000 nomination fee, meaning connections must put their money where their mouth is in order to participate.
PLEASE NOTE: Conditions to some of the abovementioned events have changed, while another new event called the Healesville GA Member’s Trophy has been added to the calendar. Refer to table below.
2021 Healesville Racing Festival
Sunday 4 July – Sunday 12 September | Six Feature Races | $800,000 in prize money
|Healesville Winter Cup||Heats: Sun 4 Jul
Final: Sun 11 Jul
|Annual event which kicks off the Festival||Special Event (350m)||$5,000 to the winner|
|National Straight Track Championships||Vic Heats: Sun 25 Jul
Vic Final: Sun 1 Aug
|$25,000 to-the-winner final to be held in Capalaba postponed||Special Event (350m)
|$5,000 to the winner of Healesville Final|
|The Arrow||Sun 29 Aug||Head-to-head racing up the Healesville straight track.||4 x head-to-head races. Fastest time declared the overall winner.
Nomination fee $1,000.
|$2,500 to head-to-head winners
$20,000 to overall winner +
|Highway 31 Maiden Challenge||Heats: Tue 24 Aug.
Final: Sun 29 Aug
|Maiden series to now be held exclusively at Healesville over 300m.||Up to 8 heats will be conducted.||$10,000 to the winner + trophy & rug;
4-8th to receive $200 petrol card
|G2 Healesville Cup||Heats: Sun 5 Sep
Final: Sun 12 Sep
|Healesville premier annual event||Best 64 dogs + reserves
|$50,000 to the winner + trophy & rug|
|Healesville GA Member’s Trophy||Heats: Tue 7 Sep
Final: Sun 12 Sep
|Special Event conducted over 350m||Open exclusively to greyhounds trained paid-up members of the Healesville Greyhound Association.
|$7,000 to the winner + trophy & rug|
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