Greyhounds are My Life profiles some of the 17,000 people involved in greyhound racing across Victoria. They come from all walks of life, but are united by their common love of greyhounds and by how they put the welfare of the dogs and the integrity of the sport first and foremost.
Their stories also highlight their connections with their local greyhound racing clubs and how Victoria’s 13 greyhound racing clubs are part of their communities, creating jobs, social and professional networks and supporting local groups and causes.
Profiles are being released before each Club’s annual Cup.
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Sean, Nicole and Sophie Cachia
Sean had never really followed the greyhounds until one night he and his brother happened to drop in on a race meeting at the Meadows. Sean was so struck by the passion of the winning trainer that he went out and bought a couple of greyhounds straight away, despite no previous involvement in the sport. A decade on, Sean and his wife Nicole are now enjoying increasing success as breeders and trainers with a growing number of wins to their credit – with their young daughter Sophie very much in charge of animal morale for their greyhounds.
Taking a break from work for health reasons, Murray had a bit of time on his hands and after talking to his neighbour Neil Bell, a prominent greyhound trainer, thought he’d get a greyhound himself. When Murray was searching for a racing name for his new dog Gus, his son Ryley suggested Skye’s Apprentice as Gus was great mates with their other dog, Skye, a golden retriever. Although Gus is a very much a family pet first, he’s enjoyed some good wins on the track and Skye and Gus are still the best of mates at home.
Geelong Greyhound Racing Club
Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city is home to the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club, one of Australia’s largest regional hubs for the sport, based at the Beckley Centre in the Geelong suburb of Corio. Greyhound racing in Geelong started in 1936 at Nelson Park before moving in 1956 to a new track at Corio Oval, the former home of the Geelong Football Club in the city’s Eastern Park and where the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club was formally established. Then in 1980, the Club moved to its current home at Beckley Park off the Princess Highway in Corio to enjoy a purpose built venue. By 2010, a $10-million-dollar re-development of the grandstand, restaurant, bar and TAB facilities and a world first two track complex configured for both country and city racing formats was completed at what is now called the Beckley Centre. Today, the Club holds over 100 race meetings every year including the Geelong Gold Cup, one of the leading events in Victoria’s greyhound racing calendar.
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