Can’t afford a horse but want to get into racing? Then Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Ready 2 Race Sales – to be held at Bendigo on Saturday 22 November – could be for you!
Multiple Group 1 winning greyhound trainer Robert Britton is so passionate about the Ready 2 Race Sales concept that he is a regular visitor to the American equivalent, held twice a year in Abilene, Kansas.
Britton has purchased a number of American greyhounds through the Abilene auctions, and he’ll take a keen interest in the Ready 2 Race Sales at Bendigo on Saturday 22 November, which will be running for the third straight year.
“Outside of the Ready 2 Race auction series it’s damn near impossible to find a dog at a reasonable price,” said Britton.
“This way (the R2R Sales) a trainer can go along, use his judgment and, with the assistance of the owners, get them into the sport.”
The first step into greyhound ownership is to establish your budget, then source the advice of a trainer who can use their expertise to buy a greyhound on your behalf with a view to training it for you.
“A lot of these dogs (being sold at the Ready 2 Race Sales) are around 18 months old, and greyhounds don’t really find their best at that age, so there can be a lot of improvement.”
“While Kiss Me Ketut went well in the Ready 2 Race series, no one would have expected him to achieve what he achieved,” Britton said.
Meanwhile, the numbers have been crunched from the 2013 Ready 2 Race Sales at Bendigo, with the results being extremely encouraging.
The average sales price of the 83 greyhounds sold at last year’s R2R Sales was $3,890, and those greyhounds have already collectively won back more than 90% of the outlay.
Sale price: $7,000; Prize money: $33,000
Sale price: $10,000; Prize money: $35,000
Sale price: $1,800; Prize money: $12,000
Sale price: $6,500; Prize money: $20,000
*Prize money figures as at 15.10.2014