The North West Greyhound Racing Club conducts greyhound races every Tuesday afternoon at the iconic Devonport Showgrounds facility, just a short drive or walk from the Devonport City centre.
A major highlight on our racing calendar is the Group 3 Devonport Cup held in January each year. This event attracts a wide interest from the public, media and industry both interstate and intrastate.
Race day admission:
There is ample parking available on site and patrons can enjoy the fully enclosed undercover area, or sit in more comfort in the upstairs facilities behind a glass window spanning the entire grandstand complex.
Full betting facilities are available on site. Live coverage and replays are shown at the track and race replays on DVD can be purchased from the club office.
Light meals, take-away fare, and bar facilities ensure that all patron requirements are provided for.
The first Devonport Greyhound Racing Club Committee was formed on 17 March 1939 after a meeting was held in Devonport on 16/3/1939. The meeting was attended by over thirty people with an interest in greyhound racing. At this meeting a unanimous motion was carried that a greyhound racing club was to be formed at Devonport, and a sub-committee was appointed.
In 1945, The Devonport Greyhound Racing Club applied for the use of the Devonport Showgrounds. However, the fundraising task combined with delay in obtaining approval for licencing and final acceptance of the agreed lease of the Devonport Showgrounds in 1950 saw the start of the races held back until 1952.
The first meeting was held inside the trotting track at the Devonport Showgrounds, and was held on Thursday April 3 1952 with 10 races, all with 10 starters. The grass track raced over one distance of 465 yards. The winner of the first race was Franken Boy. The first feature event was held on the same night and was called the Rainbow Cup. It was won by Glentude.
Eventually a 573 yard distance was added and the track surface was converted to sand during the 1980s. The track currently races over 452 and 580 metres with the starting boxes in the same starting position as the first days of racing at the venue.
Until the early 1980s, Devonport had a four month hiatus during the winter months with racing not conducted between May and August each year.
Since then, the Devonport track has held regular meetings every week (usually on a Tuesday). Succumbing to financial difficulties in 1998, the greyhound community pulled together to re-invest in the club and it was duly renamed the North West Greyhound Racing Club.
Since the turn of the century, the track’s facilities have undergone renovations which have seen a refurbished grandstand and a new kennel block for spectators and participants with the site still shared with the Devonport Harness Racing Club.
The club’s feature race is The Devonport Cup run over 452 metres. The race was elevated to Group 3 status in 2010. The race was run for the first time on April 2 1953 when it was taken out by King’s Idea. The Devonport Cup has only missed two years of being held in its long history, first in 1963 and again in 2002. The race was run twice in 1996. The first running was in January with the winner being Ginger’s Charm. The second running was in October when it was taken out by High Tech Boris. The race was moved to October partly to give chasers a good lead up to the state’s biggest race, the Hobart Thousand. This happened until 2003 from which time it has always been held in January.
The 452 metre track record was one of the longest held in Australia at one point. Lilli Pilli Lad ran 25.13 on 7 July 2000 and that time was not bettered until Sing The Song scorched around the circuit in 25.01 on 6 May 2014. It is very rare for a record to stay untouched for almost 14 years, and this was proven when Penny’s Roman flew around in a time of 24.95 on March 8 2016.
Become a member of the North West Greyhound Racing Club and enjoy the club’s hospitality on offer at the iconic Devonport Showgrounds.
The Club conducts 50 race meetings per year, including the Devonport Cup. Members can view the races trackside from the comfort of the Grandstand overlooking the course and winning post. Each table upstairs has a television monitor showing SKY Channel and betting odds and there are betting facilities downstairs.
Members can bring along family or friends to the club’s race meetings by purchasing guest’s day tickets at the gate. Membership is open to all people over the age of 18, in accordance with the rules of the North West Greyhound Racing Club. All members have the right to nominate friends and relatives for membership of the club. Club members are entitled to exercise voting rights in elections for committee of the club and on matters pertaining to Annual and General Meetings of members including Life Membership. Membership of the North West Greyhound Racing Club also entitles each member to:
Memberships can be obtained at a cost of $30 upon completion of an application form, and memberships are renewable each season.
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The North West Greyhound Racing Club is located inside the Devonport Showgrounds Complex on the corner of Gunn and Parker Streets, Devonport. Entry is via the Parker Street gate, just 10 minutes walk from the centre of town.
Devonport is a busy coastal city and hosts the Spirit of Tasmania ferry on its voyage to and from Melbourne. It is also the gateway to the North West and beyond, with a bounty of fresh produce on its doorstep and plenty to explore right in town. Located on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait coast, Devonport enjoys river, ocean and mountain views and is close to some of Tasmania's most popular places to visit including stunning Cradle Mountain.
There are great beaches and water based leisure activities on offer including rowing, sailing, kayaking and fishing. Walking and cycling tracks disect the city with plenty to see along the way including Aboriginal rock carvings on the coastal trail to The Bluff. Families will also enjoy a ride on the Don River Railway steam train to Coles Beach (a 30 minute return trip) as it winds its way along the eastern banks of the picturesque Don River.
Maritime history looms large with the Bass Strait Maritime Centre presenting an extensive model collection and interpretive display. You'll also find several galleries, museums, craft shops and the heritage-listed house of former Australian Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons.
Enjoy pretty parks, including an arboretum that makes for a relaxing nature break. And with so much produce grown in the fertile soil of the Mersey-Forth valley, there's no shortage of great food from pub meals and fish and chips to fine contemporary fare and farm gate delights.
Devonport also has plenty of places to stay, making it a great base to explore the many treasures of the region. Devonport is a one hour drive (98 km) west of Launceston.
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