Since 2003, disability service providers and their clients have enjoyed The Great Chase at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club.
It is a tremendous event put on by each of the state’s greyhound clubs and is based around inclusion, fun and raising money for the groups and last Tuesday was no exception.
This year 15 groups and about 120 participants from across Wimmera converged at the new Horsham track and enjoyed a meal, showbags, opportunities to meeting racing and retired greyhounds and plenty of smiles.
Warracknabeal-based Woodbine Recreation Program and the Warrack Warriors left with a combined $1700 as the luckiest group by accumulating enough points over four races with the greyhounds drawn at random for each group.
Recreation officer for Woodbine, Heather Thomas, said “We are just so thrilled and so grateful to Greyhound Racing Victoria for arranging such an inclusive experience for our guys. I can assure you that the money will be put to very good use, which will enable our participants ongoing recreational opportunities. Maybe a new sound system for our Boot Scooting sessions? Who knows! The world is our oyster at the moment.”
Also last week the track redevelopment was officially opening and the event was well supported with Horsham Mayor, Pam Clarke declaring the project open and speaking about the significance of Greyhound Racing, and community groups and the contribution they make to the fabric of Horsham.
We are just so thrilled and so grateful to Greyhound Racing Victoria for arranging such an inclusive experience for our guys.Heather Thomas, Recreation officer
On the track Crash Cobra, for the third time in three starts at Horsham, broke the track record at from the 485m start in a heat of The President’s Cup.
The win, in a time of 27.14, was Crash Cobra’s fifth from eight starts and he has a prime opportunity to win the biggest race of his short career tomorrow with $15,000 awaiting the winner.
He is sure to have a bright future regardless of the result and his trainer, Anthony Azzopardi and owner, Keith Anderson can take great pride in how their young dog is presented at each start.
The President’s Cup final is but one of twelve races tomorrow with the first kicking off at 3.28pm.