One of the more popular popular greyhound racing clubs in Wanganui is the Wanganui Greyhound Racing Club which regularly holds greyhound races at its Hatrick Raceway.The raceway is located at Sarjeant Street, Spriggens Park in Wanganui in New Zealand. It is close to Ridgeway street and the Whanganui Toyota showroom is in the vicinity. Entry to the Racing track is free so everyone can come to the club to watch the races, have a meal, drink and place bets on their favorite bowl licker. There is provision for parking vehicles of visitors at the racetrack.
About the Wanganui Greyhound Racing Club
The exact schedule for the Greyhound races is available at the events calendar so check their site for the latest details. Typically the races are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Monday and Wednesday the races are held between 12 pm noon to 5 pm. On Friday the races are held from 4.45 pm to 10.45 pm so that people with an day job can watch the doggies run after work. Typically there are twelve greyhound races which are held on every race day. In each race, they are eight greyhounds which are participating. Most of the races are held over a distance of 520 meters, while a few races of distance 305 meters are also held at the Hatrick Raceway.
The prize money for the races will vary. Some of the feature races at the racecourse are the Spion Rose Cup with a prize money of $35000, Breeders Stakes offering $25000, Wanganui Cup and Wanganui distance which each have a prize money of $21000. Other races with a prize money of $10,000 or more are the Dash for Cash, Wanganui Derby, Wanganui Stayers,Wanganui Oaks. These races are the top events in the racing calendar and will attract the best greyhounds in the country. The attendance for these racing events will also be much higher and they are widely covered in the media.
The racecourse offers a large number of sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals which are a very effective form of advertising. Sponsors get race naming rights, which ensures that the business name will be published in local newspapers, form guides, TAB race list. They also get live coverage on Track television and TAB television.
The events are also covered on Radio Trackside which covers 90% of the races throughout Australasia. The race details which also be featured in replays and when the race is watched online. The sponsors are advertised on the website, and they get a link to their website.
The sponsors are featured in the racebook advertising and on course announcements. They can present the winning ribbon and trophy. The sponsors can distribute their flyers and brochures at the event. The most basic sponsorship package is for a single race, and is suitable for small businesses, memorials, birthdays and messages since it costs only $100.
The elite package additionally includes permanent signage at the perimeter of the track, opposite the grandstand for the sponsorship period, and is priced at $2300 for a year. The sponsorship of the popular greyhound feature races is priced at $1000 each, and include dinner for 4 plus 8 drink tickets.
Eats Menu and Drinks
The racecourse has a restaurant which can be used as a venue for parties and other events for up to one hundred people, when races are not being held. Customers can book one or more tables at the restaurant by filling the form at the website.
The venue is also available for hire, especially during Christmas. The raceway is located at the historic Rugby Grandstand at Wanganui. It is extremely well maintained offering high quality delicious food and drinks, excellent service. For high quality music, a local band will provide live music.
One of the unique features of the hiring the venue area is that it offers high quality live greyhound racing. Party goers will get excellent views of the race. They will have TAB access to allow them to place bets and possibly win some money. One free TAB voucher of $5 is provided per person. There is a punters club for those who are new to betting. A dinner buffet and desserts are provided.
Participants can also win on the spot prizes. Sober drivers at the end of the event will get free refreshments. Tickets are priced at $95 per person for something like this as mentioned, with a 5% discount if ten people book and a 10% discount if more than twenty people are booking for the event.
Pokies and TAB Gaming at Whanganui Greyhound Track
This track does not have pokies machines but many TAB betting options are available.
Visit their site below for latest event hours
Phone 6-345 6794
Map and address
Whanganui Greyhound Track
216 Guyton St, Whanganui, 4541, New Zealand