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ownership initiative [greyhounds]

THIS BOOKLET WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXCITING WORLD OF GREYHOUND OWNERSHIP.

The sport of greyhound racing is becoming increasingly popular in WA with racetrack attendances, betting turnover and participant numbers growing every year. Being an active part of the greyhound racing scene is easy, fun and affordable and with prizemoney on the rise, owning a greyhound can pay dividends too. Like most things in life, making the right decisions and having a slice of luck are important so here is some helpful advice to get you started on the right path. Owning a greyhound can be done as an individual, or with a group of friends. In both cases, owners will be required to be licensed with Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) where an application form needs to be completed and a small annual fee paid.

greyhound ownership made easy

Getting started Usually the first two questions asked are how much will it cost me to buy a greyhound and should I buy a puppy or a race dog that is already on the track. Budget Determining the size of your budget is probably the best starting point. Generally speaking, buying a greyhound is like buying a motor vehicle. Like cars, they come in a range of colours, ages, some are luxury ones, others are not roadworthy ­ and the prices vary accordingly. When dealing with the purchase of race dogs or pups the best advice is similar to the advice given to punters, spend only what you can afford to lose. Prices can vary from $1,000 through to tens of thousands of dollars depending upon your budget. This is not to say that you will lose all of your money but there are no guarantees in racing and while you can make a profit you can just as easily have some bad luck and cop a loss. Once your greyhound is at race stage you will be faced with training fees. Some trainers operate on 50/50 stakemoney deals with their owners whereby there are no ongoing fees and winnings are shared. Other trainers charge more, between $80 and $120 per week, but claim less percentage of any stakemoney earned. Buying a pup This process involves purchasing a greyhound from the age of 3 ­ 6 months. The price of pups varies depending upon the pedigree and race performance of the Sire (Dad) and Dam (Mum). Pups can vary in price anywhere from $500 through to $12,000, however as a rule you can normally buy a well-bred pup in the $2,000 - $4,500 range. On top of the purchase price of the pup you will have to pay rearing fees (approximately $40 a week for 12 months), plus breaking in costs (approx. $750) before they are eligible to race. There are no guarantees with pups, they can be flying machines or on the flip side they can be very disappointing. The beauty of buying the greyhounds as pups is that you get to see them develop from a young age and if they mature to be nice race dogs you get to win all of their graded races along the way which increases their earning capacity. When looking for a pup a handy hint is to seek pups from a bitch that has proven herself to be a good producer in the past or look for a bitch from a successful litter with a good race performance as they are also more likely to throw winners. Buying a Race Dog The cost of a racedog will fluctuate depending upon the race performance, age, prior injuries and convictions and the grade of the greyhound. As a guide if you are looking to buy a country or provincial grade greyhound to race at Mandurah and Northam you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000 while a city grade greyhound which races at Cannington will generally start from $5,000. The better performed or more promising the dog, the greater chance to earn stakemoney resulting in a more hefty price tag. For the first-time owner buying a proven race dog can generally be the safest way to commence your venture into the sport. By purchasing a proven race dog you can research it's form and credentials and watch it compete in races prior to putting an offer in on the canine. The old adage is "no one sells a champion", however many owners are happy to sell handy performers at the right price and many greyhounds who are just shy of city class in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland come to WA and measure up well. By buying a proven race track performer you are a lot more likely to guarantee yourself some runs for your money on race night. Most greyhounds perform quite consistently throughout their life and barring injuries or bad habits most proven racing greyhounds can race on a weekly basis.

[ GENERALLY SPEAKING, BUYING A GREYHOUND IS LIKE BUYING A MOTOR VEHICLE. LIKE CARS, THEY COME IN A RANGE OF COLOURS, AGES, SOME ARE LUXURY ONES, OTHERS ARE NOT ROADWORTHY ­ AND THE PRICES VARY ACCORDINGLY ]

Where do I buy my Dog from? When looking for racedogs or pups as a first timer it is always a good idea to speak to a few trainers/ breeders/current industry members to receive a bit of guidance. It is likely you will have a rapport with one of the trainers you talk to and from there they can often help you to find your race dog or pup. Both racedogs and pups are advertised in the free local greyhound advertising publication the Woofer, which is produced every second Wednesday and distributed on-course as well as on line at www. greyhoundswa.com.au in `the woofer' section. The Greyhounds WA website includes a links section and if you go to the `other greyhound related sites' section there are a host of websites with racedogs and pups for sale. Other publications such as National Greyhound Form and The Recorder have greyhounds of all ages advertised

for sale. For more help or assistance in this area please do not hesitate to contact Greyhounds WA or the Club Promotions and Development Officers at Racing and Wagering Western Australia. Important points to remember! When purchasing greyhounds, be it pups or race dogs the general rule is "you get what you pay for!" The majority of the time if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Of course there will always be fairytale stories where people have taken big risks and prevailed, but the reality is that this is not a common occurrence. Always check the form of any race dog you intend to look at with the thought of purchasing and get the greyhound graded! If possible, speak to people, such as friends and trainers, to see what they know about the greyhound. All too often people rush into the purchase of a greyhound, only to discover the dog is nothing like they were told it was. This rule also applies to puppies at the breaking in stage.

If people are selling dogs that are of the age of breaking in, then there is a good chance that the dog has been tried and tested. It is rare for a person to sell a dog, especially at a bargain price, if they think the dog possibly has a bright racing career. Try to deal with people you trust, and ask around about people to get an indication of what they are like. Most important is to always form your own opinion. Never follow the group. Make your own decisions, and pave your own destiny throughout your involvement. One aspect that new participants and owners of the sport tend to forget is that there are no guarantees in racing. Just because you purchase well bred pups or well performed race dogs is no guarantee that the future will be prosperous and as straight forward as collecting your prizemoney each week. One day is a long time in greyhound racing, let alone 12 months in the case of pups developing to the breaking-in stage. For this reason it is vital

that newcomers and current owners allow for these unexpected incidents and mishaps in their budgets, when calculating their expenditure. There are always ongoing fees and unexpected bills (eg. Veterinary costs) throughout a greyhound's racing career. Another important aspect is to remember to always respect the trainer, rearer and/or breeder. They usually have a wealth of knowledge that they are only too happy to share if asked. Their jobs involve long days and very little time off, as greyhounds don't take days off - they always need to be cared for. For this reason, if you wish to visit your greyhound it is advised you make an appointment or phone ahead, to ensure that your greyhound as well as all the others on the property, are given the time they need and deserve.

the life of a racing greyhound

0 ­ 3 Months Throughout this period the litter is registered with Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) and is not allowed to be removed from the property they were whelped on. The litter should receive their first vaccinations. They will learn throughout this period to lap, take their first steps, and develop within themselves. 3 ­ 6 Months Puppies are earbranded at approximately 15 weeks, which allows identification of the litter and each puppy. At this stage the puppies are allowed to be advertised and sold, and if necessary, may be transferred off the property and relocated to a rearing complex. Once the rearing stage begins puppies are usually placed in large paddocks or runs, which enable them to develop within themselves such as learning to gallop, socialising with other greyhounds, and are often taught to wear collars. 6 ­ 12 Months This stage enables the puppies to continue to develop and grow whilst still at the rearing stage. The puppies receive their C3 inoculations, are on a strict diet and continuous worming schedule. Many people who rear their own litters will bring the puppies out of the runs or paddocks and place them in kennels towards the end of this period to teach them to adapt in preparation for the breaking-in stage. They usually also teach them to walk on a lead, a process which can take any amount of time. Many large complexes may not have the kennel capacity or time to be able to do this. 12 ­ 16 Months Some puppies that are still very immature or not yet fully developed may be given more time on the rearing property, however there is no strict rule in greyhound racing that dictates when a puppy is ready for the next step; breakingin This is determined by the owner, trainer or rearer (or a combination of the three), but should be made with a knowledgeable and experienced thought process. Breaking-in is the process of educating the puppy in preparation for the racetrack. This ranges from learning to be placed into starting boxes to learning how to run with other greyhounds. Many people have varied opinions about this stage. Some prefer to send their puppies to breakers in Western Australia whilst others prefer to send them to an interstate breaking-in complex. There is no one correct way, and usually owners will send their puppies to a breaker who either has a good reputation or with whom they have developed a trusting relationship. Once a greyhound is broken in, it is then often given time off to re-coup from its big experience away from home. This can be any where from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the owner or trainer's thoughts. Throughout this time period, the owner can select race names for their greyhound and send them away to be selected if they think the greyhound will race. Once this has been done the racing papers will be returned and a racing name will have been allocated. At this stage the owner will need to select a trainer if they have not already. The greyhound will then be pretrained and trialled at the racetracks to ready it for a racing career. No greyhound is permitted to race prior to 16 months of age. 16 Months ­ 4 Years Once ready for racing, the trainer will nominate the greyhound for a qualifying trial. In this trial the greyhound will compete with other maiden greyhounds under full racing conditions, and must run under specific times to be eligible to nominate for racing. Once qualified the greyhound is eligible to be nominated for a maiden race. Post Racing Once a greyhound has finished its racing career, which rarely exceeds the age of 4 ½ years, they can be either taken home as pets, used as sires or broodbitches (normally requires well above average on-track performances to warrant this) or placed into the GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program). The GAP program re-trains greyhounds in foster families and then adopts them out to suitable homes.

[ THERE IS NO STRICT RULE IN GREYHOUND RACING THAT DICTATES WHEN A PUPPY IS READY FOR THE NEXT STEP ]

the added incentive of being west australian bred

WESTCHA$E Western Australian Bred Incentives. When looking to purchase a puppy or race dog, one factor that should be considered is whether or not it is Western Australian Bred. Any puppy registered in Western Australia is eligible for the WESTCHA$E Incentive Scheme, and the added bonuses for specific wins can provide a windfall for owners. The scheme was developed to encourage breeding within Western Australia, and to entice participants and newcomers to invest in locally bred stock. Western Australian Bred chasers are eligible for maiden and city class race bonuses, and get the opportunity to compete in a host of rich WA Bred events throughout the year including : · WA Bred Country Cup · WA Bred Championship · "The Claude Powell" · Sandi's Me Mum Memorial · "The Great Western" · The Sandgroper · "The WESTCHA$E" · "The Shorts" · Appealathon Cup The WESTCHA$E scheme has continued to develop over the past few years, and new owners should be aware that when purchasing a WA bred pup or race dog that there can be some significant bonuses attached to some of their wins. For further information log onto www.rwwa.com.au and go via the prompts to racing/greyhounds/breeding and all relevant info on WESTCHA$E can be accessed. For further information please visit our website or contact RWWA: Racing and Wagering Western Australia, 14 Hasler Rd, Osborne Park WA 6017 Phone: (08) 9445 5544 Fax: (08) 9244 5914 E-mail: [email protected] Internet: www.rwwa.com.au Greyhounds WA: cnr Albany Hwy and Station Str, Cannington WA 6107 Phone: (08) 9458 4600 Internet: www.greyhoundswa.com.au

racing and wagering western australia

14 hasler road osborne park wa 6017

1300 36 36 38

www.rwwa.com.au

racing and wagering western australia

14 hasler road osborne park wa 6017

1300 36 36 38

www.rwwa.com.au

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