Held in conjunction with the National Distance Championship and referred to as The Nationals, the feature final is held on a rotation basis around Australia’s premier tracks, with each state hosting its own heats and final. Each state’s winners progress to the National Final with the two remaining spots decided by a wild-card invitation
More commonly referred to as The Nationals, the feature final is held on a rotation basis around Australia’s premier tracks, with each state hosting its own heats and final, with the winners progressing to the National Final. The Distance heats and finals are to be held as close to 700m journey as that track allows.
The National Derby is a race rich in tradition and the 2017 edition saw 5 heats conducted on January 28. The 5 winners along with the 3 fastest 2nd placed runners have progressed to the final and will scorch the Wentworth Park 520m in pursuit of G1 glory.
Wentworth Park plays host to a great night of greyhound action with the Group 1 National Derby and the Group 1 National Futurity. Restricted to females, the National Futurity will be the first set down for decision.
Formerly known as the NSW St Leger, the Paws Of Thunder final will be run over 520m at Wentworth Park. Heats were held on Saturday January 14 with the 8 winners progressing to the final to be held on January 21.
UBET's own Gerard Daffy gives some insight into the races at Albion Park on Friday night, including the Brisbane Cup.
The Brisbane Cup is a heat/final series conducted at Albion Park, with five heats held on December 1, with all heat winners plus the three fastest second placegetters progressing to the final. The race is held over 520m and was first held in 1972 at The Gabba as the Gabba Sprint Championship.
The Melbourne Cup is a heat/final series conducted at Sandown Park, with eight heats held on November 11, with all heat winners progressing to the final. The race is held over 515m and was first held in 1956 over the imperial distance of 565 yards.
A heat/final series conducted at Sandown Park, the Bold Trease is named to honour the champion Hall of Fame chaser who was a four-time Sandown Cup winner amongst his 51 wins. The Warrnambool Warrior as he was affectionately known was also judged greyhound of the decade for 1980-1990.
The Winter Cup is one of two Group 1 events held over the 520m trip at Albion Park. The 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Ando's Mac was a strong heat winner and looks to be well suited from box 8. Starting from box 5 will be Nangar Rock who was the fastest heat winner and is a kennel-mate of Ando's Mac. Tony Brett prepares the up and comer Fast Times who looks the best of the locally trained performers, with UBET also offering a market for the first Queensland trained runner past the post.
Held over the staying trip of 715m, the Sandown Cup is a heat/final series with 4 heats conducted at Sandown on Thursday May 18. Heat winners were Burn One Down, Teddy Monelli, Fanta Bale and Dundee Osprey. Fanta Bale was the fastest qualifier in 41.73 secs. Boasting total prizemoney of $250,000, the winner will receive $175,000, in what is the world’s richest greyhound staying race.
First held in 1990, the Golden Easter Egg is a Group 1 event held over 520m that is open to the best 80 greyhounds that nominate for the series. In 2017 punters think it is a two-dog battle between Up Hill Jill and Striker Light. Will the race play out that way or will there be an upset?
Trip To Eden looks well placed to secure the second Group 1 of his career. He will face a stern challenge from the likes of Bogie Bekim, Ebby Ripper and the up and coming stayer Gunnadoo Cove.
This Group 1 race held at The Meadows was first held in 1958 and the honour roll contains a list of some of the greatest dogs to race in Australia. Rookie Rebel, Tangaloa, China Trip, Brett Lee and Pure Octane have all been winners of this race.
As the name suggests, the Super Stayers is held over the staying trip of 725m. It is 1 of 7 Group 1 races held at a distance of greater than 700m on the Australian Greyhound Racing calendar.
UBET'S own Gerard Daffy shares his best pick for the upcoming Nationals.
Held at The Meadows, the Maturity Classic is a Heat/Semi/Final series conducted across three consecutive Saturday’s. There were 12 heats conducted on Saturday July 16, with the first 4 placegetters from each heat progressing to the Semi-Finals held on July 23. Following the 4 Semi-Finals, the top 2 from each have progressed to the final.
The Peter Mossman Classic is a heat/semi-final/final series held across three consecutive Saturday nights at Sydney’s Wentworth Park. The race is one of four Group 1 events held over the 520m distance at Wentworth Park. Four semi-finals were held on Saturday June 18, with 1st and 2nd from each progressing to the final. The 2 fastest individual 3rd placings were declared the reserves.
A traditional heat and final series with heats held at Albion Park on Thursday June 2. Four heats were held with the first two across the line from the heats progressing to the Final. The fastest two third placings were declared the reserves.
The Sapphire Crown Classic is a race restricted to female greyhounds run over 515m at Melbourne’s Sandown Park track. Nominations for the series were capped at 32, with the best bitches determined via the Greyhound Racing Victoria Grading policy. The top 32 nominated contested 4 heats on May 12.
A new race on the Australian Greyhound Racing Group racing calendar, the Harrison-Dawson has been on the calendar since 2009 when known as the Dawson.
Held at Albion Park, the Group 2 Queensland Derby is held over 520m and in 2016 there were 3 heats from which the final field was determined.
Named in honour of the champion brindle dog of the mid ‘70’s, Temlee, the race is an invitation only event.
The 3rd of the Group 1 events held at The Meadows on Temlee night, this event was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2013.
This Group 1 race held at The Meadows is named in honour of the “Fawn Flash”, Zoom Top who retired with the race figures of 136:68-25-14.