Xylia Allen (pictured) jumped seven places to now be the fifth highest prize money earner in the history of Australian greyhound racing after winning the Group 1 Gold Cup (720m) at Brisbane’s Albion Park on Thursday night.
Trained in Victoria by Jenny Hunt, Xylia Allen claimed a $75,000 first prize, taking her career earnings up to $605,275, well within sights of behind Miata ($715,508), Destini Fireball ($631,195), Glen Gallon ($618,827) and High Earner ($610,070).
The win was Xylia Allen’s first Group 1 victory as a stayer after capturing three Group 1 sprint races in 2013.
Meanwhile, Hooksy, the fastest heat winner of the Peter Mosman Classic (520m) at Sydney’s Wentworth Park last weekend in 29.47sec, is one of seven Victorian-trained greyhounds to make it through to Saturday night’s three semi-finals of the Group 1 event.
Greyhound Racing Victoria has this week relaunched its website – www.grv.org.au – making it more user-friendly and visually appealing.
However, perhaps the biggest benefit to the relaunch is the introduction of detailed step-by-step online guide to owning a racing greyhound including a thorough breakdown of expectations and expenses.
Once considered thoroughbred racing’s poor cousin, greyhound racing distributes more than $40Million in prize money in Victoria each year making ownership more attractive than ever before.
The Sandown Greyhound Racing Club presented a $10,000 cheque to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia this week to officially kick off greyhound racing’s partnership with the organisation.
PCFA State Manager John Strachan said that while the funds will go into a number of areas including research, the main aim from the partnership is to create awareness.
“Every year around 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer while around 3,300 people die from it.”
“Greyhound racing has an enormous reach, particularly in rural areas, and we are looking forward to the prostate cancer awareness month in September, where Victoria’s 13 race clubs will each hold a Big Aussie Barbeque.”
To further help grow awareness, the blue number four rug is set carry the PCFA logo in all Victorian races as part of the two year partnership.
Luca Neveelk, bred and trained in Gippsland by Gerry Kleeven, has been flying under the radar since making his debut late last year having racked up 11 wins from just 12 starts on Victoria’s provincial circuit including his last nine in a row.
Other greyhounds to impressive around the state in recent times include Hostile (Darren Beasley), who broke Geelong’s 520m track record last Friday by almost two lengths running 29.587sec, while Dr. Wow (Des Dooley) won a maiden race at Sale on Monday by a whopping 33 lengths.
written by Andrew Copley