New records for participant returns, rehoming and wagering were set during 2021-22 for Victorian greyhound racing as detailed in Greyhound Racing Victoria’s (GRV) Annual Report, tabled in the Victorian Parliament today.
A record 2,956 greyhounds were re-homed over the year while participant returns and support reached an all-time high of $64.9 million.
National wagering turnover on Victorian greyhound racing during the year reached a record $3.7 billion, up 10% over 2020-21. More than 1,300 race meetings and 15,260 races were held across Victoria over the year, the majority in regional Victoria.
“GRV, participants, the clubs and our media and business partners worked together over the year to maintain Victoria as the world’s largest greyhound racing jurisdiction,” said GRV’s CEO, Stuart Laing
“GRV also completed significant internal projects over 2021-22 to improve participant services, strengthen data collection and analysis and contain costs, resulting in a net surplus of $2.6 million for 2021-22,” he said.
Other highlights of the year included new events such as greyhound racing’s first slot race, The Phoenix and regional racing festivals, the new MyFastTrack mobile app to help participants manage business on the move and the introduction of a Dental and De-sexing Scheme to further boost re-homing numbers and further commit to greyhound welfare.
GRV Chair, Peita Duncan said GRV’s priorities for the next year and beyond would be continuing to build on the world’s biggest greyhound racing calendar and attract new audiences while investing for the future through a major 5-Year Infrastructure Plan.
“I thank Victoria’s greyhound racing community and all our partners and stakeholders for their work and support over the year which has delivered such strong outcomes while also helping secure the sport’s long-term future”, Ms Duncan said.
GRV’s 2020-21 Annual Report is available online at: grv.org.au/about-us/grv-annual-reports