THE Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association (BGRA) will again join forces with the Bendigo Harness Racing Club (BHRC) early next year to raise funds for WomenCan and awareness of ovarian cancer through the Team Teal initiative.
Each February and March, the harness racing industry gets behind the Team Teal campaign, an initiative developed by trotting identity Duncan McPherson, and several years ago the BGRA became involved to support the 'wonderful' cause.
In 2022, the greyhound club will host a special function in its recently refurbished Past The Post Lounge with details to be released shortly.
But on the track the BGRA, with the support of Greyhound Racing Victoria, will be promoting an all-female race card of advertised events.
"Having a race card for bitches only is a perfect fit for an event such as Team Teal and the club is excited to be a part of such a special campaign," said new said BGRA manager Charlton Hindle.
"We had a preference for a bitches race meeting not too long ago and at short notice managed to run eight races consisting of bitches only, so with a good lead in time we are confident of getting 12 races.
"Thanks to the support of GRV and the racing department there will be two feature events, both offering $5000 to the winner, and we think the program that is being advertised will cover as many classes as possible.
"The BGRA has been a strong community club for many years, however, the last two years have impacted that connection, so it will be great to get back to conducting charity events in 2022 and its an honour to be involved with the BHRC and Team Teal.
"Our aim is through some promotions during February and other initiatives on the night we can raise somewhere around $10,000 for the cause."
The racing program for the race meeting on Thursday, February 10:
. Special event bitches only - 425m - 1st $5000;
. Maiden final bitches only (heats 4 Feb) - 425m - 1st $5000;
. Maiden bitches only - 500m;
. Mixed 6/7 bitches only - 425m - two to be run;
. Grade 5 rank 250+ bitches only - 500m;
. Grade 5 rank 275+ bitches only - 425m - two to be run;
. Grade 5 bitches only - 500m - two to be run;
. Grade 5 no city wins bitches only - 425m - two to be run.
A harness meeting will run on the same night at Lord's Raceway.
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