WHILE Covid has made the last two October Carnival weekends gruesome in Coonamble, everything is set for a record-breaking return in 2022.
There are now just 3½ weeks until the start of the four day racing spectacle which is proudly supported by a range of sponsors led by Ladbrokes, Garrard’s Horse & Hound and bookmaker Robert Munn.
1. Prize money
This year’s carnival features record prize money with a series of special events for greyhound owners and trainers of all grades and distances. Leading the way, of course, is the $12,000-to-the-winner Ladbrokes Gold Maiden (305 million).
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Australia’s strongest country greyhound ring is still intact, with seven fearless bookmakers competing throughout the four-day carnival. And with Epsom Day in Randwick on Saturday, you’ll be well catered for by the away bookies too.
3. The track
A trainer recently tested there said he was in better than A+ condition. Not sure how you can improve with such a high rating, but it gives aspiring coaches a glimpse of how well the surface guides into the most important time of the year.
4. Ladbrokes Red Dog Comp
The betting giant pays $200 for each dog that wins during the carnival, where one lucky patron of the weekend will take home the raffle ticket. How well!
Ladbrokes’ support for the carnival doesn’t stop there. Stay tuned!
5. Friday evening program
GRNSW will shell out TAB prize money for the Friday night ticket, adding to the allure of the carnival. TAB prize money for a country-specific win against your name sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
6. Greyhound and trainer of the carnival
Bookmaker Robert Munn has pledged major support to the carnival, including sponsorship of the greyhound and trainers for the carnival. Carnival Greyhound connections will take home a straw for Zipping Garth, while trainer Orson Allen will take home one.
It’s always a big Sunday morning at Coonamble Bowling Club for Kolkata and this year will be no different with a large pool and many activities expected. There will also be some first class sires available at the auction. Kolkata is a great start to the NRL Grand Final scheduled for that night.
8. Social Page
Coonamble is known for its social side (yes, that’s a good way to put it) with the chance to meet up again over a pint or ten. It’s grassroots sport at its purest and while there’s a serious race-winning side to the track, the opportunity to let off steam for a few days shouldn’t be underestimated either. It’s survival of the fittest in the truest sense of the word.
9. Beer prices and boasting
Far cheaper than where you are traveling from. Let’s just leave it at that! And as for bragging rights, they’re relatively easy to come by as the weekend deepens and lips loosen.
10. Nomination Deadlines
The most important thing to remember or your long weekend will be over before it begins! Make sure you get your nouns early!
Friday, September 30th: Noms close Thursday, September 22 at 9am.
Saturday October 1st: Noms close Friday, September 23 at 9am.
Monday, October 3rd: Noms close Sunday, October 2nd at 9am.