The Meadows is arguably Victoria and Australia’s pre-eminent greyhound venue, located in Broadmeadows in suburban Melbourne, the track hosts provincial racing every Wednesday and metropolitan racing each Saturday throughout the year. The midweek meeting is typically conducted during the afternoon while the Saturday races occur during the evening.
The Meadows track features excellent facilities for both racing and social event, with the club having a large community presence outside of racing. The Meadows and greyhound racing in general contributes over 1,500 jobs and $234 million to the Melbourne Metropolitan area.
All meetings are broadcast through Sky Racing and are free to the public. Racing at the Meadows is conducted over distances of 525m, 600m and 725m.
THE MEADOWS KEY RACES
The track is home to fourteen Group and Listed races each year, including nine Group 1 races – the Maturity Classic, the Silver Chief Classic, the Bold Trease, the Topgun, the Hume Cup, the Temlee, the Rookie Rebel, the Super Stayers and the Australia Cup.
The Australia Cup, run in February, is one of the top races of greyhound racing in the country and is worth $250,000 AUD to the winner. Australia Cup Finalists must win their heat and their semi-final in order to progress to the Australia Cup Final.
THE MEADOWS TRACK RECORDS
Unlike many other greyhound tracks, The Meadows only holds three track records, all of which have been set in relatively recent years. A list of The Meadows track records can be found below;
Dyna Double One
NOTABLE PAST WINNERS AT THE MEADOWS
Due to the large number of Group races at The Meadows each year, some of Australia’s greatest greyhounds have competed at the famous track. Fernando Bale, perhaps the greatest racer in Australian history recorded his maiden victory over the 525m distance while in recent times Fanta Bale and track record holder Dyna Double One have all raced successfully at the track.
THE MEADOWS BOX STATISTICS
Over the years, Box 1 has proven to be by far the most successful trap for greyhounds racing at The Meadows. The box has generally performed between 17-21% strike rate in recent years. Boxes 5, 6 and 7 have generally been the worst performing box in recent years, with a strike rate of about 6-10%.
Winning % by Box Number
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