The Sandown Greyhound Racing Club is hosting its Day of the Dog Series for the sixth season running, thanks to a joint funding package worth more than $230,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government.
The Labor Government is providing nearly $98,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund for the series, and the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club is contributing more than $134,000.
This Sunday 4 March marks the second event of the 15-race meeting series, which began on 4 February and will continue until 25 January 2019.
The Day of the Dog Series is aimed at sporting clubs and community organisations and this year’s package will feature free shuttle buses to and from the track for groups of 20 or more people.
Clubs and their guests who join in the festivities will enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival and finger food throughout the day.
Children will also be entertained by roving performers, face painters and lots of other fun activities.
The series is expected to be a success, with crowd attendance quadrupling since it was first introduced in 2012-13.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $775,000 towards one infrastructure project and 22 greyhound racing events at Sandown Park.
The racing industry in the metropolitan Melbourne region generates more than $1.5 billion annually for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 13,590 full-time jobs locally.
Quote attributable to Premier and Member for Mulgrave Daniel Andrews
“We’re proud to support the greyhound industry that creates jobs for thousands and enjoyment for many more.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“This series provides great community focused events with opportunities for racegoers, local sporting clubs and families to come together throughout the year.”
Quotes attributable to Sandown Greyhound Racing CEO Club Greg Miller
“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support of our Day of the Dog Series, one of our most successful race campaigns.”
“We encourage clubs, teams and social groups across Melbourne to come down to Sandown to experience our exciting series in a family-friendly environment.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020