Northern Territory Minister for Racing Matt Conlan
More Than One Darwin Cup In Town
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Racing Matt Conlan said there is more than one Darwin Cup in town this weekend with the Greyhounds taking centre stage at Winnellie Park tomorrow night for the Group 3 Sage Contracting Darwin Greyhound Cup.
Mr. Conlan says the Cup is the only Group 3 race in the Northern Territory (including thoroughbreds) indicating the depth of talent amongst the Darwin Greyhound racing scene.
“It’s a big weekend of racing in Darwin and tomorrow night is the greyhound’s night of nights.” Mr. Conlan said.
“The absolute cream of the Darwin Greyhound Racing community will be competing, with around 60 dogs to feature over an exciting program of eight races including the Cup.”
“The race has also attracted plenty of interest from interstate trainers with significant prize money of $25,000 up for grabs for the winner.” Mr. Conlan said.
“I’m delighted to see one of Australia’s best greyhound trainers, Darren McDonald, has made the trip up for the Darwin Cup for the first time.”
“Darren, who has produced some of Australia’s best ever dogs and is a member of the Australian Greyhound Hall of fame, will have one runner in the Cup ‘Take It All’ while premier Queensland trainer Tony Brett will be back trying to win his fourth Cup.”
“So it promises to be a highly competitive and exciting race and I encourage everyone to get down to Winnellie tomorrow night for a great evening of racing and entertainment.” Mr. Conlan said.
The Territory Government is supporting the Darwin Greyhound industry and ensuring it can continue to provide an exciting and entertaining outing for Territory families.
In the 2013 Budget, an extra $230,000 was allocated to bring funding for the year to the Darwin Greyhound Association to $800,000. This funding will allow the association to maintain their prize money and continue to attract interstate visitors and runners as well as develop infrastructure to improve the facility and ensure it meets television broadcast standards.
The Darwin Greyhound Cup kicks off at 9:12 pm tomorrow night with gates opening at 6:30 pm and the first race to begin at 7:39 pm.