Record turnover: Punters welcome a return to racing

THE WAGER'S ON: Punters invested $8.9 million on the 10-race card at Wentworth Park on October 16. Picture: SHUTTERSTOCK.
THE WAGER'S ON: Punters invested $8.9 million on the 10-race card at Wentworth Park on October 16. Picture: SHUTTERSTOCK.

Last Saturday's huge night of Group 1 racing at Wentworth Park produced the second highest wagering turnover in greyhound racing history.

Punters invested $8.9 million on the 10-race card at Wentworth Park on Saturday evening, October 16, a meeting comprising five feature events, headlined by the Group 1 Ladbrokes Peter Mosman Opal, the Group 1 Ladbrokes Vic Peters Classic and the Group 2 Sydney Cup.

The only time more has been invested on an Australasian greyhound meeting was in October last year when $9.4 million was invested on the TAB Million Dollar Chase meeting.

That record also eclipsed the previous best turnover on a NSW greyhound meeting by $2.7 million, set a week earlier in the Million Dollar Chase semi-finals.

"This is a tremendous result for the industry, and again displays the confidence that the public now have in our industry," Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Officer Tony Mestrov said.

"We lost both the Group 1 events from their July slot due COVID-19, and I must give a huge amount of credit to our racing operations team who looked closely at the racing calendar to find the best place where these events could fit in.

"It was very important to participants that, as the Group 1s are both age classic, we couldn't afford to lose them from 2021, and I think the wagering result shows that punters are keen to bet when the best greyhounds are racing.

"We also promoted the event extensively."

This article was produced as part of an ACM partnership with Greyhound Racing NSW.

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