While there are always greyhound race meetings happening around Victoria, June is usually one of our less busy months. And it’s also the start of winter when dogs are particularly susceptible to Kennel Cough, an infection caused by several upper respiratory viruses and bacteria which can last for several weeks.
February was another busy month for Victorian greyhound racing with the Australian Cup Carnival featuring some great racing action, including a champion performance by Australia’s best stayer, Tornado Tears, in the Group 1 Zoom Top, a solid win by rising star, Deliver, in the Group 1 Rookie Rebel and a run by Barooga Brett in the Temlee that’s positioned him as dual Group 1 winner.
As we saw out December 2018, some highlights of that month included the first leg of the Gippsland Carnival, the Sale Cup, on Boxing Day which is covered in this issue along with Australia’s first ever Na-tional Greyhound Draft, held on Sunday 16 December.
Welcome to the last edition of Greyhound Monthly Victoria for 2018. The highlight of the past month was undoubtedly the Melbourne Cup, won by My Redeemer with a great run under wet conditions, and I congratulate his trainer, David Geall, on his first Melbourne Cup win.
The past financial year has seen a lot of change and progress in many areas across Victorian greyhound racing. This change has encompassed everything from amended racing rules to significant increases in stake money and breeding sustainability, major infrastructure works and the consolidation and strengthening of GRV’s animal welfare and integrity capabilities.