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TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival launched in style

12 May 2021

kCTG8mRQ.jpegBy Jordan Gerrans

Queensland officials and leading kennels have hailed the upcoming 2021 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival as the home of the fastest dogs in Australia.

The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club and Racing Queensland officially launched the TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival at Albion Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The carnival will kick-off on Thursday evening with two Listed races, the Garrard’s Carnival Chase and the Brisbane Young Guns – with both worth $26,250.

A massive 14 Group and Listed races, as well as $1.3 million in total prize money, is on offer across the feature period of the year, which wraps up in late August.

Champion Queensland trainer Tony Brett has seen significant growth in prize money and status in the Sunshine State over recent years and cannot wait for this year’s carnival.

“We will have the best dogs in Australia here, they will come from near and far,” Brett said.

“That is what people want to see, they want to see the champions go around.

“It will only get bigger and better.”

Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club CEO Luke Gatehouse (pictured) was on hand to help launch the carnival and is looking forward to the Greyhound Origin Series, as well as a number of other high-profile races.

The centrepiece of the Winter Carnival will once again take place at Albion Park on July 8, with the $375,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup expected to attract the nation’s biggest stars.

“With $1.3 million in total prize money, the fourth richest race in the world in the Brisbane Cup and a great support program that night with the Queensland Cup at Group 1 level, we are all excited for the upcoming carnival,” Gatehouse said.

“We have Super Night back again and Group 3 TAB Flying Amy Classic for the young greyhounds, at that level for the first time.

“We are always trying to make the next carnival the best one and hopefully 2021 is that for us.”



Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:16 PM

GARRARD'S Carnival Chase (L) F

jqwr9S1A.jpegBrett, a Hall of Fame trainer, is keen to see his friends, family and fans in the Albion Park grandstand once again in 2021 after limited feature racing was held last year due to the pandemic.  

“It is great winning these races but it is even better winning them in front of the big crowds," he said. 

“It is all about the atmosphere around carnival time, that is what we love.

“There is nothing better than being out on the track and looking back and seeing your crew going crazy because we have won a big one.

“Everyone in the industry is excited to be back with crowds and now it is a matter of the local dogs trying to take on the best from interstate.”

All the star dogs from around Queensland will descend on Brisbane for the 2021 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival and Gatehouse is hopeful of attracting the top interstate dogs as well.

West Australian sensation Tommy Shelby was in Queensland earlier this year and Gatehouse is confident the champion dog will return.

“He was a great hit during the Summer Carnival,” Gatehouse said.

“He has had a small injury set-back that has held us his Melbourne campaign but I have been speaking to his trainer, we are keen to get him back here in front of his Queensland fans.”

As a fan of high level greyhound racing, Brett (pictured) is eager to see the best of the best go around at Albion Park over the coming months.

“We are all so excited, it is a great time of the year,” Brett said.

“Not only do you like being a part of it and watching good dogs’ race.

“Hopefully I can have a couple of dogs that can possible be there when the big money comes along, it is even better.”

Click here to read more about the 2021 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival.



Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:58 PM

Brisbane Young Guns (L) F