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Owning a Racing Greyhound

OWNERSHIP! BE PART OF IT

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Do you love the excitement of going to the races or thrill of placing a winning bet? Imagine how much more fun you could have owning your own greyhound! Instead of just watching the action, you could be part of the action.

Greyhound racing is the most affordable code of racing. A greyhound may be purchased for a few thousand dollars and once your greyhound is racing there are usually no on-going training fees as many trainers in Queensland will operate on a ‘50/50’ split where the trainer will cover all of the regular upkeep expenses related to the greyhound in exchange for half of the prize money.

Greyhound owners can also experience a close relationship with their racer like no other code of racing. Man’s best friend can be considered a jet-propelled pet, allowing you to enjoy the company of your greyhound during its racing career. Maybe one day your greyhound will transition from the race track, to your couch, as the family pet.

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HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

OBTAIN AN OWNERS LICENCE

Before you can own a greyhound, you need to be a registered owner or syndicate member with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC).

No fee is required to register as an owner or syndicate member.

To gain a greyhound Ownership licence:

Apply through the online Registration and Licensing portal” RandLE”, simply create an account and upload a photo and your ID HERE.  

Alternatively you can complete a Greyhound Owners Registration application form HERE and mail or email that and a copy of your ID and a colour photo to QRIC.  

Registration of a syndicate can also be done via QRIC HERE.

BUYING A PUP

Greyhounds can be purchased as pups, or as mature greyhounds in training to race.

Most pups are sold at around three to six months of age and usually begin racing at around 22 months. A pup will cost approximately $3500 to $5500 however prices vary greatly and doing some research into successful bloodlines, or getting advice from people in the industry, can help you identify pups that are well bred and should have a better than average chance of winning races.

On top of your initial outlay, you can expect to spend around $5,000 in expenses getting your greyhound to the racetrack.

Below is an estimate of the expenses when you buy a pup:

3 months: Buy pup (approximately $4,500)

3 to 14 months: Rearing @ $60 - $70 per week for 48 weeks (approximate minimum $2,880)

14 to 16 Months: Breaking-in fees for a period of 4 – 6 weeks @ $100 – $120 per week (approximate minimum $400)

16 to 17 months: Spelling @ $60 per week for 8 weeks ($480)

18 to 20 months: Pre-training @ $100 - $120 per week for 12 weeks (approximate minimum $1,200)

Annual booster $50-$60

Naming costs $50

Estimated total: $9,500 

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You can find out more about buying a pup in Queensland buy contacting a Greyhound Racing Club in your area and talking to a knowledgeable person. They will be able to point you in the right direction for finding a pup and suggest professional people to assist with rearing and training your Greyhound.

Queensland Greyhound Racing Clubs:

Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club

Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club

Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club

Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club

Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club

Townsville Greyhound Racing Club

The Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club conduct a Puppy Auction annually and this year's was held on Sunday 22 September 2019. Read more HERE

BUYING A RACING DOG

Greyhounds are very durable and if kept sound can race over 100 times in their career. They usually commence racing after 1.5 years in age, reach their peak between 2.5 years and 3.5 years, and are generally retired by the time they reach five years in age.

Single greyhound events in Queensland are worth between $1000 to the winner and $4725 (city class) to the winner. Considering how many times a greyhound can race, and the prizemoney on offer, you can expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a young greyhound showing city class potential.

To find out how much money your greyhound can win, click HERE.

Assessing how long the greyhound may continue to race, and its potential to race in the city (520m metres and beyond), should weigh heavily on how much to pay for a ready to race greyhound.

Greyhounds are available for sale on the following websites:

Greyhound data

Facebook – greyhound classified Australia and New Zealand

First time buyers are advised to seek guidance, or enter into a partnership, with people in the greyhound industry to help source a suitable greyhound.

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SOURCING A TRAINER

The breeder of your greyhound or the Manager of your local race club (click on the greyhound icon to find a club near you) will be the best source for pointing you in the right direction of a trainer that will get your greyhound racing and hopefully winning.

Another way to source a trainer would be to go to the statistics section of greyhound recorder website and look for the leading trainers in Queensland. One way to measure a trainer's success is by looking at their winning strike rate.

To find a trainer near you visit www.thegreyhoundrecorder.com.au or contact a Greyhound Racing Club in your area as listed below in QUICK LINKS.

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OWNERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

As an owner, or group of owners, responsibility for the welfare of your greyhound throughout its entire life rests with you. From the moment you purchase your greyhound until the time it finishes racing and beyond its racing career, it is imperative that you play an active role in ensuring your greyhound is, at all times, properly cared for. During their racing career it is advisable for owners to keep some money aside for vet bills and training fees if your greyhound spends an extended period on the sidelines with an injury.

One of the most important decisions you need to consider as the owner of a greyhound will relate to what you plan to do with your greyhound once they are no longer considered a racing prospect and their career as a race dog is coming to an end.  This is something that needs to be discussed well before your greyhound begins their journey to the race track.

Most greyhounds make wonderful pets, especially where their owners have a hands-on involvement in preparing them for the transition from racing athlete to household pet.   

The Greyhound Adoption Program, run by QRIC, is dedicated to finding loving homes for hundreds of retired greyhounds each year, and your greyhound’s chances of going through this program successfully will be improved significantly if you have a hands-on involvement in the preparation.

Find out more about GAP HERE

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OWNERSHIP QUICK LINKS 

An opportunity to tap into decades of greyhound knowledge in regards to pup purchases, potentially successful matings, and all things greyhound racing can be accessed via David Brasch through his Pedigrees By Design. David has lived greyhound racing for more than four decades, personally knows all the major players in the industry, and his unbiased views and recommendations are always available as a guide to entering this wonderful racing industry. www.pedigreesbydesign.com

QUEENSLAND GREYHOUND RACING CLUBS:

Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club

Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club

Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club

Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club

Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club

Townsville Greyhound Racing Club

OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY CONTACTS:

Ipswich Puppy Auction

Greyhound data

Facebook – greyhound classified Australia and New Zealand

www.thegreyhoundrecorder.com.au 

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EKKA-Greyhound-Sweepstakes.pngThe 2019 Ekka Greyhound Sweepstakes was an excellent opportunity to showcase greyhounds and allow the public to get up close and personal with this graceful and athletic breed.