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About Us 2017-04-28T20:23:20+00:00

Who we are

The Whippet Racing Club of Victoria Inc. is a dedicated group of people who meet once per month between March and November to race their whippets.  We meet at the Sandown Track in Springvale, Victoria.  Dogs compete for the Sprint and Distance Shields which are awarded at a presentation day at the conclusion of the race season.  Although there is a healthy competitive spirit, this is very much a social club that allows you to enter your whippets to do what they do best…. RUN!  No matter where your whippet places, the excitement  from the dogs as well as the members makes for an excellent afternoon of fun in a family friendly environment.

Our History

At the start of the 1970’s, hound racing was conducted monthly on a Sunday at Tony Marino’s trial track at Diamond Creek, which is now a housing estate.  This racing involved Afghans, Borzois, Deerhounds, Pharaoh Hounds and Whippets.  As a result of this, Roy Moore, Jim Field and Robert Peters started racing Whippets only at a straight grass track in Farm Road in Cheltenham which was used to train Greyhounds.  At the WRCV’s first meeting, there were only 6 dogs racing.

Changing tracks

It was not long before it grew to about 20 dogs and the decision was made to move to a new trial track in Stephenson’s Road in Cranbourne in 1974. Our grader Carol Whittam was one of the early stalwarts in the club’s infancy at Cranbourne.  She was closely followed by Marion Wright who became the club’s longstanding secretary.  Thanks to both of you indeed.  The club really blossomed at its new location, with each dog having 2 runs for the day (90m and 297m).  The 8 dog starting boxes allowed for full fields.  As the club continued to grow at a rapid rate, there were times when there were 70 dogs competing.  The grades were maiden, novice and grades 1 to 5.  Exhibition races were also regularly held at various country and Greyhound tracks such as Harold Park and Wentworth Park in Sydney.  In the mid 80’s this trial track closed and the club moved to another track in Thompson’s Rd , Carrum Downs.  It was known then as ‘Azzodardis’ and later became ‘Murphy’s’.  Numbers started to drop in the 90s and again resulted in the closure of the track, forcing the move to Tooradin.

Our new home at Sandown

The WRCV had a fantastic 10 years at Tooradin, but when the track closed in 2015 we had to move on. We were very fortunate to get the support of the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club and our new home is their track in Springvale, Victoria.

We’d love to meet you

New members are encouraged to come along and meet everyone and see your whippet run.  If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

How can I join in?