Saturday night racing with extra dollars
STARTING tomorrow, there's feature greyhound racing at the Ipswich Showgrounds on three consecutive Saturday nights.
Tomorrow's meeting features the final of the Corporate Dollars series for fourth and fifth grade greyhounds over 520 metres.
The greyhounds race for top prizemoney, which this year is $7175 to the winner.
And each runner represents a sponsor.
The greyhound which wins earns for its sponsor naming rights to the Ipswich track winning post for the next 12 months.
Given that all Ipswich meetings are shown worldwide on Sky Racing, you can't put a dollar value on what that signage might be worth.
Five heats of the Corporate Dollars series were run last Saturday. Not a lot separated the winners. Del Rey for Tom Tzouvelis was the quickest heat winner with a 30.64 run but that was from box one. Del Ray jumps from box five tomorrow night.
Also winning heats were Wise Misty in 30.67, No Stradamus 30.76, Innamincka 30.83 and Maywyn Opals 30.90.
Tony Brett trained the winner last year, Arabian Shredder, and the sponsor who won the winning post signage was Trembath Tyre Repairs of Yamanto. Matt and Chris Trembath took part again this year and have drawn Maywyn Opals which has box one.
Two years ago the winner was Darcy's Curse whose sponsor was G.J.Walsh & Co., the accounting, auditor and business advisory firm. They are involved again and have a genuine winning chance with No Stradamus drawn box two.
The box draw and sponsors for the Corporate Dollars final is: 1 Maywyn Opals (Bob Essex) Trembath Tyre Repairs; 2 No Stradamus (Stephen Rolph) G.J.Walsh & Co; 3 Innamincka (Steve Scott) Truck Parts Express; 4 Gadsby's Road (Tom Tzouvelis) Just Greyhound Photos; 5 Del Ray (Tom Tzouvelis) Butcher Co; 6 Friendz (Gary Mackay) Coffee At Roni's; 7 Lalique (Natasha Ogden) Kaypat Lodge; 8 Wise Misty (Craig Hazelgrove) Greg Sternberg Veterinary. Reserves: 9 Maywyn Rewards (Box Essex); 10 What a Mess (Michael Edwards).
Tomorrow's meeting starts at 5.26pm and the Corporate Dollars final is at 7.55pm.
The Ipswich Gold Cup Prelude is also on tomorrow night's card.
As the name suggests, it's a lead in to the heats of the Cup to be run tomorrow week.
The Prelude is a quality field with a few Albion Park Thursday standard dogs getting a feel or refresher course of the Ipswich track before the Cup heats.
Bill Elson's Cyn's Magic is speedy enough to use her box one draw to maximum advantage. And don't be surprised to see the Pam Field trained Richmond Road run a decent race from box eight.
THE Ipswich Gold Cup is being complemented this year by a new event called the Ipswich Sprint over 431 metres.
Heats are next Friday with the final to be run on Gold Cup night, Saturday November 25.
The winner receives $3990.
Not all greyhounds can run out a strong 520 metres. which is the Gold Cup distance and this new race gives the talented short course performers the chance to compete for lucrative prizemoney.
Also on Gold Cup night will be another new race called the Beat Breast Cancer Cup over 732 metres. It's for fourth and fifth grade stayers with the winner to collect $3220.
Members of the Beat Breast Cancer organisation will be in attendance. The theme of the night is the colour pink, with pink ribbons, pink cup cakes and pink biscuits for sale.
There will be lucky door prizes.
You can bet that Muzzles Restaurant will be booked out so hop in early if you're looking for a table.
Monies raised on the night, November 25, will go to the Glenn McGrath Foundation.
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