Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club

YOUR CLUB, OUR COMMUNITY

Formed in 1935 in one of Victoria’s great gold rush cities, the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club was originally located at Broadway Park, Creswick Road, Ballarat. In the 1970s, the Club built a racing complex at Morshead Park which hosted its first race meeting in December 1978. The club has a 220 guest seating capacity with function rooms available for a wide range of events.

 

 

Today, the club holds over 100 race meetings every year, including the Ballarat Cup in December, and is one of only three clubs in Victoria that offers qualifying trails. The club employs 4 people full time and up to 7 casual workers on race day while greyhound racing contributes over $16 million annually to the region in wages and buying goods and services locally.

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

The Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club enjoys an ongoing partnership with the City of Ballarat, a range of local business sponsors, families from the districts and many community-based organisations.

The club offers a range of community groups access to its facilities for fundraisers and charity days.

The Great Chase

This annual event raises money for community groups that work with the aged and disabled and gives their clients a great day out at the races. Since 2003 the Ballarat Great Chase Community Days have donated around $20,000 to local community groups.

 

 

The Red Dog Run

First held in 2016, The Red Dog Run supports the ANZAC Day Appeal by donating $250 to the RSL every time a greyhound out of the red No.1 box wins any race in the week leading up to ANZAC Day.

 

 

GAP

The Club hosts Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) adoption days and regular assessments for retiring racers so they can enter GAP.

 

WHO’S WHO AT BALLARAT GREYHOUND RACING CLUB

Alf King
President

Graeme White
Vice President

Geoff Bumpstead
Junior Vice President

Committee
Bill Donlon; Elsie King; Malcolm Hirtzel; Ivan Chircop;

Trent Blacker; and William Sheldon – Collins

Brett Jones
Interim Manager

Bob Le Marshall
Treasurer

GREYHOUNDS ARE MY LIFE

Di PyersDi Pyers
Looking for some part-time work as a young mother, Di Pyers joined the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club as a typist one evening a week and with no background in the sport. Over the next few years, Di took on more and responsibilities, eventually becoming Club Treasurer and then Manager at Ballarat, one of the first female club managers in Victoria. Then, and by now well involved in greyhound racing, Di decided on a change in career and is now one of Victoria’s senior greyhound racing stewards, travelling around the State to make sure race meetings are run with integrity and animal welfare as the highest priorities.

Daryl and Colin BrennanDaryl and Colin Brennan
Daryl and Colin are twin brothers who run a plastering business but their real passion is the greyhounds. They’ve had many good wins over the years, supported by their father Clive who discovered the sport through them and got right into the dogs too. On their 150 acre property just outside Ballarat, they’ve built from scratch a greyhound breeding, rearing and training facility that takes full advantage of its beautiful bush setting. Here they care for both their own dogs and others they’ve taken in to revive their racing careers, working on the principle that “a happy dog races happy and races well.”

CONTACT AND VISIT US

Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club

Corner of Rubicon & Sutton Streets, Ballarat, Victoria 3350
PO Box 175R, Reden, 3350

 

 

Enquiries and bookings

Email: ballarat@grv.org.au
Tel: (03) 5335 7201

 

Racing: Midday Mondays and Wednesday nights. Trial sessions each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • TAB and ATM on premises
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children’s playground
  • Free parking
TELL US YOUR STORIES

Historically, the people in greyhound racing have always generously shared their expertise with their peers. Tell us your stories. Tell us how you raised your pups so that they are socialised early. Tell us what you do when you put integrity and the welfare of the dog in front of everything you do.

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