Coonamble Release Long Weekend Carnival Details

THE countdown is officially on to the 2022 Coonamble long weekend carnival with the club releasing the program for the four-day racing extravaganza.

Greyhound Recorder

16 June 2022

THE countdown is officially on to the 2022 Coonamble long weekend carnival with the club today releasing the program for the four-day racing extravaganza.

Set to get underway on Friday, September 30 before the race meetings on Saturday, October 1 leads into a bumper day of finals action on Monday October 3, the time-honoured carnival promises to be one of the best on record.


A host of traditional and new sponsors have jumped on board to support Australia’s oldest country racing carnival which sees trainers from far and wide journey to Coonamble to partake in the festivities both on and off the track.

The carnival is headlined by the $12,000-to-the-winner Ladbrokes Gold Maiden (305m) while one of the key support events is the Garrard’s Horse and Hound Super Maiden (400m).

Garrards Horse and Hound have been significant contributors to the Coonamble Carnival in recent years with their support again in 2022 going a long way to ensuring it will be a runaway success.  

Also, for the first time this year, the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club has come on board as a sponsor, getting behind the $4,000-to-the-winner Coonamble Cup (400m).

Other key sponsors include Sires On Ice, Meticulous Lodge, Greyhound Recorder, Coonamble Bowling Club and Coonamble Shire Council.


“As always, we’ve catered for greyhounds of all grades and distances across the carnival,” Coonamble GRC president Graham Pickering said.

“With COVID well and truly behind us now the club is looking forward to the carnival returning bigger and better than ever this year.

“We’ve had some fantastic support by sponsors led by Ladbrokes and Garrards which goes a long way to paying the levels of prize money we’ve reached.

“The carnival is a huge deal for Coonamble – the town is really looking forward to hosting participants from far and wide over the long weekend.”

Renowned for its frenetic betting activity, the bookies’ ring promises to be as strong as ever this year, with each of the regular bookmakers committing to the carnival.

“Maintaining the strength of the betting ring is very important to the carnival,” Pickering added.

“And that will be the case again in 2022. The club is already getting inquiries about accommodation and trials as well.

“We hope to see all the regulars in attendance as well as some fresh faces taking in their first carnival.

“The track is in fantastic order as well.”

On the Sunday – otherwise known as rest day – the always strong calcutta will be staged at Coonamble Bowling Club where a number of stud services will be auctioned also.

“A huge thank you to those stud masters which have supported the carnival as well – your support does not go unnoticed.” 

In the lead up to the carnival major sponsor Ladbrokes will be making some key announcements all aimed at ensuring participants are the big winners during the carnival.