Greyhound racing will take centre stage on Wednesday night with the Group 2 TAB Warrnambool Cup final (450m) to be run at 8.37pm.
Six heats were conducted last Thursday, producing a host of upset results, with the six winners and two fastest 2nd placegetters qualifying for the $45,000 final.
Arguably the most eye-catching performance came from Zambora Smokey, who overcame driving rain to overpower champion sprinter Simon Told Helen and record his seventh straight win in the fastest time of the day (25.08sec).
Zambora Smokey is one of two finalists from Jason Thompson’s team. Thompson, of Pearcedale in south-east Victoria, has an extraordinary record in the Warrnambool Cup having won the race four times.
Meanwhile, Anakie trainer Andrea Dailly will rug half the field following an extraordinary training effort in which her team won three of the six heats. Dailly is hoping to claim her fourth Warrnambool Cup, which includes victory last year with the brilliant Dyna Patty.
Greyhound racing is one of the few sports in operation during the current pandemic, following the introduction of a range of stringent on-track protocols to help protect the health of staff and trainers.
GRV CEO Alan Clayton said racing fans can look forward to an exciting digital and online experience on Warrnambool Cup night, which kicks off with the first race at 6.58pm.
“We are privileged that greyhound racing has been allowed to continue amid COVID-19 restrictions, and the Warrnambool Cup is a race with a rich history which is held close to the hearts of many sports lovers,” Mr Clayton said.
“While this event will be closed to the general public this year, racing fans can enjoy extensive coverage across a number of different platforms.”
GRV and the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club have teamed up with television broadcaster Sky Racing to ensure that racing enthusiasts have access to all the exciting racing action including:
- All races broadcast LIVE and FREE via The Watchdog Mobile Form Guide App.
- Sky Racing Active coverage including pre-race interviews, wagering updates and behind the scenes action from the track.
- Radio coverage on RSN and SEN Track.
- Live social media coverage via the ‘Watchdog Racing’ Twitter feed.
The 2020 TAB Warrnambool Cup will be supported by two other feature races on the night – the Stan Lake Memorial (450m) and Go Distance Racing Special Event (650m).
To keep up to date with the latest Warrnambool Cup news follow GRV and Warrnambool Greyhounds on Facebook.
You can now watch every Victorian greyhound race live and free via The Watchdog mobile form guide app, or follow ‘Watchdog Racing’ on Twitter or Facebook.
Photos by: Clint Anderson.