Richmond Race Club On track for exciting times ahead

Management and staff at Richmond Race Club. For the latest happenings at the club visit Picture: Geoff Jones
Management and staff at Richmond Race Club. For the latest happenings at the club visit Picture: Geoff Jones

Richmond Race Club found its home in the Hawkesbury in 1955.

It has been based at its site in Londonderry Road, Londonderry since its establishment.

According to club CEO Richard Griffiths, the decision to set up in the area was based on more than mere land availability.

"There are many greyhound owners, trainers and breeders in the area and the club was established as a combined greyhound and trotting facility," he said.

Mr Griffiths said the race club's formation served to cater to an industry already well established in the region.

Of the site, he said: "it is a beautiful, tranquil setting with plenty of green space".

The race club employs up to 30 full-time and casual staff, who are responsible for everything from administration duties to the race meetings.

In recent years popularity of the sport has has led the club to expand its services.

"The club conducts race meetings three times a week and trails on Tuesday and Thursday. It runs a bar and bistro which is available for functions and events," Mr Griffiths said.

"We run feature events such as the Derby and Oaks race meeting in March, the Phil Davis Memorial and a Puppy Auction to be held in November.

"Whilst we are currently managing our business during the challenges of COVID-19 we have plans to expand our operations to include live entertainment on Saturday nights.

"This year we will be conducting a non-TAB race meeting on Melbourne Cup day and will be holding a special function that day. And in 2021 we will be racing on Australia Day and will have an Australiana themed day with live bands, kids entertainment and more."

Mr Griffiths said the club aimed to be a community destination of choice.

"Everyone is welcome to enjoy the excitement of greyhound racing and the excellent amenities available at the club ... excellent customer service, family friendly with affordable quality food and beverages," he said.

"We aim to service all our stakeholders to deliver a fun environment whilst ensuring the integrity and welfare of greyhounds is at the forefront of everything we do."