WINNING JOY: This year’s Ipswich auction final winner Are Ate with connections at the Ipswich Showgrounds track.
WINNING JOY: This year’s Ipswich auction final winner Are Ate with connections at the Ipswich Showgrounds track. RICK ODONNELL Httpwwwjustgreyhoundphotoscom

Money on offer at races in Ipswich to increase as much as 76%

NOBODY in their wildest dreams could have imagined that the news of an increase in prize money for greyhound racing would have been as sensational as it was when announced by control body Racing Queensland.

Greyhound racing will receive a staggering 50% increase in prize money allocation.

The thoroughbreds prize money is going up by 20% and harness racing 16%.

This is not something that will happen a few years down the track and have strings attached. It commences in a few weeks, October 1 to be precise.

Each of Queensland's seven greyhound racing venues will pay increased prize money. And it's for maidens through to free-for-alls.

Class 3 meetings at Ipswich and Albion Park have a rise for graded races of 76% and 43% for maidens.

Class 2 racing at those venues, which is Albion Park on Monday and Ipswich on Saturday, receive similar increases. Maiden races at Ipswich will be worth $1750 or $2000.

In dollar terms, prize money paid for greyhound racing is this state is about $9 million per year. This will increase to about $13.5 million.

The current unplaced rebate or starting subsidy of $40 at all tracks will remain.

The new prize money allocations are based on each code's individual revenue less the costs they incur.

Clearly, greyhound racing is doing very well in that regard.


Auction incentive

A COUPLE of happenings this week provide plenty of incentive to be involved in Sunday's Rosewood and District Community Bank-sponsored Magical Puppy Auction at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

The huge prize money increases make racing a greyhound a more economical and potentially lucrative exercise.

This year's auction race winner Are Ate has continued to deliver the goods since then, winning $40,000 at Ipswich four months ago.

Are Ate, trained by Rachel Scott, has 22 wins from 66 starts.

He was won from every box number and his win range is from 431 metres up to 600 metres.

Last Tuesday, Scott ventured to north Queensland to contest a heat of the Townsville Cup with Are Ate.

The son of Lochinvar Marlow and Long Long Mama was the fastest heat winner and has drawn box seven for next Tuesday night's final, with the winner taking $25,000.

In Sunday's auction there are nine pups by Lochinvar Marlow, who is a son of Bombastic Shiraz, which is standing at stud in NSW for a fee of $990.

Scott has five pups entered for Sunday.

Three are by Cosmic Chief from Pilgrim's Legacy and two by Mr Prizz from Shades of Ella.

As with each of the 149 pups in the catalogue, if the bidding price is right its owners will sell.

There are no reserve prices as such. However, if the bidding falls short of the nominator's expectations there's the option to buy back their own pup and pay the selling commission.

Selling commences at 10am on Sunday, with all pups eligible for a race series in March 2016 with $40,000 on offer to the winner.


Afghan racing

AN extra race has been added to tomorrow night's program at the Ipswich Showgrounds, but it's not for greyhounds.

You will be able to witness a race for afghan hounds.

The field of five includes two supreme champions on the show circuit. Their names are Wow and Jacob, although their official pedigree titles are much longer.

Also in the race field will be Pickle, Victoria and Maddison.

The runners will wear numbered racing rugs, like the greyhounds, and race from the 288-metre starting boxes.

These afghans have experience at straight-track racing and had a trial at Ipswich last Monday.

They look magnificent with their long locks flowing in the breeze as they chase the lure. And they usually get up to a funny antic or two, which makes for great entertainment.

The first greyhound race tomorrow night is at 6.50pm, with the afghan event on at 7.20pm.


Consider this

A GOVERNMENT that robs Peter to pay Paul can count on the support of Paul.


Charity tip

Our Tattsbet charity dog yielded another placing last week for a small collect.

For tomorrow night, the bet is $100 to win on race seven, number one, Visualize It, trained by Peter Young.

Good luck to Peter, and to Tony Brett with Flash Reality and Christina Harman with Wag Tail in the National Championship finals in Perth tomorrow night.

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