The Launching Pad is back in 2020 and will again showcase Australia’s best emerging talent in the $420,000 series.
Open to greyhounds with 1-6 wins and no more than 30 starts, the Launching Pad is the country’s only sweepstakes event with a slot in the 64 dog series guaranteed upon purchase of a $2000 Entry Form. Purchasers of the Entry Forms own the right to a spot in the race and fully transferable in the lead up to the heats.
The format gives greyhounds an opportunity to considerable prize money while racing against greyhounds at a similar stage of their career. Over half of all greyhounds that contest the series will win prize money.
Unsurprisingly, two-time Launching Pad winning trainer Steve White is a fan of the series and is aiming for further success in 2020.
“We’ve had a bit of luck in it the last couple of years,” he said.
“It’s been a good race for us and hopefully we can head down the same path again.”
While the country’s best young greyhounds will be taking aim at the $150,000 on offer for the overall winner of the series, the consolation series – itself wort $15,000 to the winner – gives all greyhounds contesting the series an opportunity to earn excellent prize money.
“There’s going to be a lot of good young dogs in like we see every year, but if you have one with some ability you have to have a crack at it. The prize money on offer is too good not to have a crack.”
Greyhounds to graduate from the 2019 Launching Pad series include eventual series winner Tauwitchere and consolation winner (and kennel mate) Sennachie, group race winners Premium Share, Flynn and Western Envoy, and group final regulars Lucy’s Milo, Curt Lee, Keeper Of Keys, Red Rock.
Entry Forms for the 2020 Launching Pad will go on sale at midday on Tuesday 28 January. The heats will be run on Thursday 26 March with the final to be run on Thursday 9 April.
Tauwitchere wins the 2019 Launching Pad