Maitland Greyhound Club pays tribute to the Anzacs

Eric Bell

Eric Bell

Maitland Greyhound Club kicks off Anzac Day celebrations in the city early with the running of the Anzac Day Cup on Thursday.

The annual tribute meeting to the city’s Diggers features a 10-race card with the Anzac Day Cup and two feature finals at Maitland Showground starting from 3.37pm.

The club will donate half of its gate takings and profits from a raffle to Maitland RSL Sub-Branch to assist with the services and projects it runs for our ex-servicemen and women.

Veterans and serving military members wearing their military medals will receive free entry to the meeting.

Maitland Sub-Branch committee members will attend the meeting to present the cup to the winner.

“It’s our way of giving something back to the RSL and I hope the community turns out in force to show their support,” Maitland track manager Tony Edmunds said.

The Anzac Day Cup is race seven on the 10-race program and jumps at 5.30pm.

It is a fourth and fifth grade 400 metre sprint that should offer punters good betting prospects with winning chances across the field.

The club will also host two finals - the Country Hotels Challenge and Country Hotels Maiden – with patrons from six country gatherings at the track for some friendly rivalry. They receive a runner in each final and the winner gets to take home a perpetual trophy and bragging rights.

Steve Don from the Kearsley Hotel won both events last year and he has a team of patrons coming along to defend their trophies.

Anzac Day Cup field

  • Sublime Sull for Terry Priest
  • Chevy McGlinn for Jody Manuel
  • Misty Jaya for Gordon Beard
  • Cheers Bryan for Mark Davidson
  • Rangoon for Gary Wilton
  • Bintang Radler for Ron Bell
  • Black Jack Opal for Les Hudson
  • Brilliant Shot for Robert Stojanov