More race meetings for Grafton greyhounds
GRAFTON will be home to almost-weekly greyhound meetings following an announcement by the Greyhound Racing New South Wales today.
The move by GRNSW will see regional areas benefit from more TAB racing the Central West, Northern River and Richmond regions.
Grafton Greyhound Racing Club President John Corrigan welcomed the increased allocation of TAB race meetings for the club.
"Greyhound racing is thriving in the Northern Rivers and the addition of more TAB racing is great news for both the Grafton club and local participants," Mr Corrigan said
"We have been calling for additional meetings in this area given the growth in participation and I would like to thank GRNSW for listening and acknowledging the need for more TAB racing in the Northern Rivers region."
The biggest change will see the Grafton track host 15 more race meetings during the year, with 26 of these on Monday nights.
The benefits may not just be restricted to the greyhound industry, with local businesses set to cash in.
"We've been trying to get more meetings here for a number of years," Mr Corrigan said.
"It will benefit the greyhound industry but also the town.
"Businesses may be able to benefit because it will bring more people to the area, which will see more money distributed in Grafton."
Club secretary Brad Ellis said it was "just reward for years of recognition" from GRNSW, and was looking forward to seeing the region benefit.
"I'm a proud Graftonian so I support anything that benefits the town," Ellis said.
"We have been in the top three greyhound clubs in NSW since they started awarding it (in 2008).
"From the club perspective, we'll be on (Foxtel's) Sky 1 every Monday night which will give us and our sponsors more exposure."
The club will host seven meetings during the July Racing Carnival, with the new schedule to take effect on June 1.