Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) has announced another exciting program of greyhound racing for the 2019/20 racing season highlighted by the creation of the Metro Spring Carnival.
The Metro Carnival will kick off at The Meadows with the Hume Cup Final (600m) and Silver Bullet (525m) on 4 November.
The second leg will feature the Group 1 invitational Topgun (525m) and Group 1 invitational Topgun Stayers (725m) at The Meadows on 9 November.
The Carnival will conclude at Sandown Park with the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (515m) and Bold Trease (715m).
The Metro Carnival will also incorporate races for greyhounds of all grades, allowing more people and greyhounds to be involved in Victorian greyhound racing’s richest carnival.
The highly successful Gippsland Carnival will continue to run from December through to February incorporating Sale, Warragul and Cranbourne. The Traralgon Cup is currently not factored into this year’s Gippsland Carnival as they undergo track redevelopment.
The Warrnambool Seaside Carnival and Bendigo Easter Carnival will also continue to run in their previous timeslots.
Shepparton Cup is the major change for Victoria’s Country Cup circuit, which will now run in March 2020, instead of August 2019 with the aim of attracting a larger audience with warmer weather.
Sandown’s highly entertaining match racing concept will see two Speed Star meetings scheduled for the 2019-20 racing season and will be conducted on 15 September, 2019 and 3 May, 2020.
After the success of last racing season’s Nationals which was held at Sandown Park, the individual State finals will continue to be showcased on the same night across the country – 8 August, 2019 with the Grand Final being held in Western Australia.
Traralgon is likely to remain closed for part of the 2019-20 racing season which will continue to see Warragul, Sale, Cranbourne and Healesville pick up Traralgon’s race meetings. Traralgon will be added to the racing season when a more definitive timeline is available.
The importance of straight track racing continues to be high on GRV’s agenda with the introduction of 25 full stakes meetings for the Healesville Greyhound Racing Association.
1194 greyhound race meetings will run throughout Victoria in 2019-20, with more than $47 million in prize money to be distributed.
Victoria’s regular racing schedule will remain at 23 race meetings per week which is made up of two metropolitan meetings, two Hybrid meetings (six races at Level two and six races at Level 3 in the same meeting), 10 Level two meetings and nine Level three meetings.
All racing dates for the 2019/20 racing season are now available via the fasttrack.grv.org.au calendar.
Country Cup dates to remember;
5 July, 2019 – Bendigo Cup
8 September, 2019 – Healesville Cup
25 October, 2019 – Geelong Cup
14 December, 2019 – Ballarat Cup
26 December, 2019 – Sale Cup
11 January, 2020 – Warragul Cup
8 February, 2020 – Cranbourne Cup
7 March, 2020 – Horsham Cup
21 March, 2020 – Shepparton Cup
6 May, 2020 – Warrnambool Cup