Greyhound racing in Australia

Greyhound racing in Australia is a sport and regular gambling activity. In 2015, there were more than 300,000 greyhounds in 40,000 races in Australia. A$4 billion a year is gambled on the results.[1] Australia is one of eight countries with a significant greyhound racing industry.[2]


1 Regulation
2 Venues and major races
3 History
4 2015 live baiting controversy and subsequent fallout
5 Popular culture
6 References
7 External links

Each Australian state and territory has a greyhound racing body that regulates the racing, training and animal welfare of greyhounds in that state or territory. Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) are the two largest authorities, governing over 40 racetracks. The Queensland Greyhound Racing Authority (QGRA), Western Australian Greyhound Racing Authority (WAGRA), Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Authority (TGRA), Greyhound Racing South Australia (GRSA), Northern Territory Racing Authority, and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club (CGRC), all contribute to running and monitoring of greyhound racing and animal welfare of greyhounds in Australia.
Venues and major races[edit]

The 2014 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park.

There are 65 racing venues in Australia, including at least one in each state capital: Wentworth Park in Glebe, Sydney; Cannington Raceway in Perth; Greyhound Park in Angle Park, Adelaide; Albion Park in Brisbane; and Sandown Greyhounds in Melbourne.[3] Other major locations include the Illawarra town of Dapto, and Hobart and Launceston, in Tasmania.
The Melbourne Cup for greyhounds is reputably the world’s richest greyhound race, with a prize pool of A$600,000 in 2015.[4] In Sydney, the 2013 Golden Easter Egg had a first prize of A$250,000.[5]
The date of the first greyhound race in Australia is not known.
In 1936, the Dapto Greyhound Club gained a licence to run greyhound racing under the supervision of the Dapto Agricultural & Horticultural Society, holding up to 40 meetings per year. In 1942 the Australian Army seized the racecourse until 1944 when greyhound racing was resumed.[6]
2015 live baiting controversy and subsequent fallout[edit]
Main article: Australian greyhound racing live baiting scandal
In February 2015, a series of media reports detailed widespread use of live bait animals in the training of racing greyhounds.[1] Despite self-regulatory efforts to address the issue of live baiting and other animal welfar