A tour group from Ireland and the UK join BIG ENERGY and trainer Jackie Greenough on Sandown track following the greyhound’s phenomenal sub-29 seconds heat win 📷 Clint Anderson

  • Tuesday, 28 Nov, 2023,
  • by Andrew Copley

Tour group praises Aussie greyhound racing

A tour group from Ireland and the UK were at Sandown Park for last Saturday night’s Sportsbet Melbourne Cup heats.’s Gareth Hall caught up with Nathan Corden and Paul Lawrence, who are part of the travelling contingent.

“It’s great to be here,” Corden said. “There’s 24 of us, half from Ireland and half from the UK and we’re really impressed with the set up over here.”

Lawrence added that the tour group had been “blown away” by what they had seen.

“In England we’re kind of envious about what happens in Australia because of the prize money.”

“The way that you sell the product is so, so good, and that’s what attracts a lot of the English and Irish punters and owners and breeders to look at what’s happening in Australia.”

“We’ve been blown away. Especially with Victoria. It’s just on a different level.””

Check out the full interview below.

Tour group representatives Nathan Corden and Paul Lawrence chat to’s Gareth Hall at the Sportsbet Melbourne Cup Heats.

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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