By Jordan Gerrans
The Townsville Greyhound Racing Club are aiming to take their 2021 Cup Carnival to a whole new level later this year.
On the back of a second greyhound meeting in Townsville being run each week over the last 12 months, the club are experiencing record numbers of local trainers, dogs, and interest in the code in north Queensland.
To capitalise on the boom of the greyhound industry in the northern city, Townsville Greyhound Racing Club President Gary Heath is aiming to again lift the Cup’s profile and significance in September.
“We have been a Group 3 for our Townsville Cup for the last five years and we are always looking to upgrade the race in terms of its class and prizemoney,” Heath said.
“Racing Queensland helped us for a couple of years to get it to a Group 3 level with some funds and hopefully we can get the ball rolling further this year and into the future.
“We are hoping to get it to a Group 2 level within the next three years.”
The 2021 Townsville Cup has been pushed back from their usual August timeslot, to instead be run in September of this year.
The club’s committee are hopeful the later start date will see a higher quality standard of greyhounds travel north from Brisbane to chase the prize money and status the NQ Cup race offers.