Now is your chance, with the coursing season kicking off on Sunday April 7 with a Catch on to Coursing meeting at Longwood.
Nominations close at 8.30am on Thursday April 4.
Please note, four greyhounds will be drawn for each event with a maximum of two courses per greyhound. The meeting is no penalty and no prize money is awarded.
For the 2019 Coursing season, a puppy is any greyhound (male or female) that is whelped on or after 1/03/2017.
SEVEN REASONS TO ATTEND SUNDAY’S CATCH ON TO COURSING EVENT AT LONGWOOD
1. It gives trainers the chance to experience the thrill of coursing, which is the traditional form of greyhound racing, where greyhounds compete one-on-one up the straight in a knockout format
2. With more than $128,000 in prize money on offer during Victoria’s 2019 coursing season, it’s a good reason for trainers to see if their greyhounds are suited to coursing
3. With a maximum of two trials per greyhound (one less than usual), Catch on to Coursing days are shorter than a typical coursing meeting. To help trainers see if their dog is suited to coursing, at this meeting trainers may re-nominate dogs defeated in the heats and they will be drawn into a consolation final.
4. If your greyhound wins it will win some great prizes organised by the Longwood club and kindly donated by supporters of coursing including trophies, bags of kibble, clothing, collars and leads, rugs and many other useful items.
5. It provides trainers with the chance to trial their greyhounds up a straight track against one other greyhound, which is known to give greyhounds a competitive advantage when they return to circle racing
6. The Beginner’s Day will be run with all the professionalism of a normal race meeting, with Stewards and a vet on course
7. Longwood is located only 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD, 90 minutes from Bendigo and 135 minutes from Geelong and trainers have to be there by 9am to present papers with coursing starting at 9.30am.
WATCH: The picturesque Longwood Coursing Club is a multi-purpose venue built by locals in the early 1970′s. This is one of a number of greyhound clubs hosting race meetings as part of Victoria’s coursing programme, where over $128,000 in prize money is distributed each season.