Albion Park Greyhound Track
Albion Park is the new track in Brisbane that has replaced the old Gabba Track. The track is 437 meters long with a loam surface. Home of the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club, Albion park hosts a number of big race days per year including the Brisbane Cup and the Winter Carnival cup, both of which are Group One races. The old Gabba track was made of grass, which meant that it was not all weather friendly. The new loam track is more durable, resulting in fewer cancelled or abandoned races.
Aside from the big races that are held at Albion park, there are races every week as well. The track is a busy one, with onsite bookies as well as other methods of placing bets. The races during the week are scheduled depending on length, with longer races being held later in the week. Dogs from all over the country come to try their skill at Albion Park in the smaller races as well as of course the larger ones.
Group One Races
Albion Park hosts three Group one races annually. The two main ones are the Brisbane Cup and the Winter Carnival.
The Brisbane Cup is the main racing event in Queensland, attracting dogs from all over the country. The race is run over 520 meters at Albion Park and carries a purse of $75 000. Betting on the event is well represented with a number of options available. Bookies are onsite at the track, which encourages punters and their families to make it a day out to watch the races. There is always more than one race run on the day, with many of them being back to back to keep the crowd entertained. Online betting for the Brisbane Cup is offered by a number of sites nationally, and sometimes attracts international attention.
The Winter Carnival Cup is also run over 520 meters at Albion Park. The main race comes at the end of a day full of racing and also has a purse of $75 000. Dogs from all over the country race at the Winter Cup, ranging from experienced dogs in their prime to maiden untried chasers. Betting on the race is popular all over Australia and some outlying countries too. Online betting sites offer fixed odds, which allow punters to shop around a bit to find the odds on the dogs that suit them the best.
As with Thoroughbred racing, greyhound racing involves animals whose history and breeding can be checked online. It is always wise to do some research on the dogs which are running in the races before you bet on them. Pedigree isn’t everything, but well-bred dogs do tend to do well. Favourites at the bookies will be a dog that has won a number of races previously. Favourites have a larger chance of winning, but betting on them will yield a smaller return. Placing a well-educated bet on an outsider could end up being much more lucrative than just following the crowd.
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