Record crowds have attended Gippsland’s third greyhound racing carnival this year with Saturday’s Australia Day celebrations at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club expected to be another blockbuster.
Normally a four-club event, this year, because of the closure of the Traralgon club due to upgrades, the Carnival has taken a different approach and will culminate at Cranbourne, Saturday, February 9.
The Traralgon Cup was to be held this Saturday, January 26, but drainage issues have compromised the track, which is temporarily closed for a major upgrade.
The track is undergoing detailed scientific investigation as GRV works with the TGRC to agree on an optimal approach to have the track back in operation and in the best possible condition.
In addition to an exciting night of greyhound racing and family entertainment at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club on Saturday will be a guest appearance from former AFL star Dane Swan.
This night of racing is separate from the carnival which so far has included the Sale Cup (held on December 26), the Warragul Cup (held on January 12) and will reach its conclusion at the Cranbourne Cup on February 9.
As part of the carnival’s prizes, five trainers in each of the Gippsland Carnival cup nights are awarded $1000 Coles Myer vouchers.
With GRV focusing on improving the standard of its tracks, Cranbourne GRC’s track is now scheduled to be redeveloped in 2020.
GRV is working with both Traralgon and Cranbourne clubs to develop the best solution for Gippsland racing calendars until the redevelopments are complete and both tracks re-opened.
GRV will continue to prioritise racing safety throughout the industry and will work with all stakeholders for the best possible outcomes.