Nowra Reveal Rich New Puppy Classic Purse

THE Shoalhaven Greyhound Racing Club has proudly announced that next month’s Nowra Puppy Classic (520m) will carry a first prize of $40,000.

Adam Dobbin

18 March 2022

THE Shoalhaven Greyhound Racing Club has proudly announced that next month’s Nowra Puppy Classic (520m) will carry a first prize of $40,000.

The flagship event, first staged in 2003, has become the cornerstone of the club’s feature race calendar, with the recently announced prize money hike expected to take the event to even greater heights.

“The Club has enjoyed some excellent financial results with strong profits in recent years and this is a way to give back to the industry and further raise the profile of the Puppy Classic,” Club boss Glenn Midson said. 

“The heats of this year’s series which is open to greyhounds whelped after January 1, 2020 are on April 17 (Easter Sunday) going into the final the next Saturday night on April 23.

“With the $40,000 first prize this year we are one step closer to the race being granted group 2 status in 2024. It’s something the club is excited about and striving for.”

Winners of the Nowra Puppy Classic include former NSW Greyhound of the Year Double Twist (2013), Million Dollar Chase finalist Sky Wave (2018) while the race was won last year in rampaging fashion by Bandit Ned.

The progressive Nowra Club has also revealed its Greyhound of the Year award for 2022 will carry a $5,000 prize and a service to Aussie Infrared.

“We’ve adopted a different point score system this year to encourage more 520 metre racing,” Midson added.

“This year’s Trainer of the Year winner will take home $3,000 as well so there’s plenty of added incentives to get racing at Nowra.”