Published on June 4th, 2021
When it involves greyhound racing, the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland cleared the path. They are dwelling to the perfect venues, races and prize purses within the sport and every has the precise to brag about their contributions to the game’s reputation as of late.
With coronavirus restrictions easing across the globe, hundreds shall be trying ahead to nights out on the canine with their associates and putting a small wager on greyhound racing while soaking within the social facet of the bars and eating places at tracks.
So, with out additional ado, let’s check out some of the world’s greatest greyhound stadiums. Read on to seek out out extra!
1. Towcester – England
Where higher to begin than with Towcester? After all, it’s the house of probably the most prestigious greyhound race on the planet — the English Greyhound Derby.
That’s proper, after monetary points pressured its closure in 2018, Towcester is again on its toes and the Derby will return this 12 months.
Surrounded by rolling countryside so far as the attention can see, the Nottinghamshire course is probably the most picturesque within the UK. Whether you like greyhounds or horses, Towcester is a must-see for any racing fan.
2. Nottingham – England
Nottingham was the beneficiary of Towcester’s momentary closure, because it hosted the Greyhound Derby in 2019 and 2020. However, the truth that the celebrated race is heading again to Towcester, doesn’t take something away from Nottingham.
The 1,500-capacity stadium, which is positioned simply two miles exterior of Nottingham’s bustling metropolis centre, nonetheless performs host to many of the UK’s greatest races, together with The Select Stakes, The Eclipse and The Puppy Classic.
Nottingham is a fan favorite and with it lately being granted a 50-year lease, greyhound racing is simply going to excel additional on the venue.
3. Shelbourne Park – Ireland
As greyhound racing took a agency grip on the UK within the late Nineteen Twenties, on the opposite aspect of the Irish Sea, its reputation was rising simply as quick.
Shelbourne Park (pictured above) was opened in Dublin in 1927 and performs host to the largest races within the nation, together with the Irish Greyhound Derby, Easter Cup, Oaks, St Leger and the Shelbourne Gold Cup.
Ireland’s premier greyhound venue has survived the take a look at of time, and with a €2.3 million renovation revealed, it’s set to solely get greater and higher!
4. Sandown Park – Australia
Taking the No.1 spot for the perfect greyhound stadium in Australia is Sandown Park. Built in 1956, the Melbourne-based venue performs host to the world-renowned Melbourne Cup, which boasts a prize purse of A$8,000,000 (£4,370,660) — the largest pot on the planet.
As nicely as internet hosting the Melbourne Cup, Sandown can also be the house of the Group 1 Sandown Cup — which boasts the largest purse for stayers within the nation.
5. Wentworth Park – Australia
Let’s head virtually 900 kilometres north of Melbourne to Sydney, New South Wales and zone in on Wentworth Park.
Greyhound racing has been happening on the multi-sport venue because the late Thirties and its standout assembly is the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, half of the Easter Carnival — which boasts over A$1,000,000 (£546,380) in prizes.
Over 25,000 folks attend the Easter assembly, with the showpiece race being held on Easter Sunday.