Sandown Greyhound Racing Club in the community
Greyhound racing in Springvale dates back to 1935. The Sandown Greyhound Racing was formed early in 1956 and commenced racing on 8 September 1956.
Today the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club is a community focused club which draws many of its attendees from the local area. It is home to the Henry Harrison Grandstand, one of the world’s best-appointed facilities for enjoying greyhound racing, with a range of function rooms for social and business events.
The club hosts around 1,200 races annually over 515, 595 and 715 metres, including the world’s richest greyhound race, the $600,000 Melbourne Cup. Other feature events include the Sandown Cup, the Shootout, the Launching Pad and the Speed Star.
The Club directly employs 130 staff and supports local businesses and suppliers through the provision of goods and services to the Club. Greyhound racing contributes more than $230 million annually to the Melbourne Metro area, including $8.5 million in the City of Greater Dandenong alone.
In the Community
The Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club manages its operations with the community in mind, and hosts many events to support charitable and local causes, and to give local groups and residents opportunities to meet, raise funds and enjoy themselves.
The club works with the City of Greater Dandenong through the Greyhound Community Fund (co-founded by Greyhounds Entertainment), which provides $100,000 annually to non-profit organisations in areas like health, recreation, community events and festivals. Organisations supported by the Club include:
- The Royal Children’s Hospital
- The Noble Park Football Social & Business Club
- Salesian Missions
- Monash Health
- The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
- My Room
- The Leukaemia Foundation
The Club also sponsors local sporting teams including:
- The Southern Football and Netball League
- The Dandenong & District Cricket Association
- Sandown Cobras Football Club
Greyhound Adoption Program
The Club hosts Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) adoption days and regular assessments for retiring racers so they can enter GAP, which was founded in 1996 by Mel Tochner and Anita Smith at the Sandown Veterinary Clinic.
The Great Chase
This annual event raises funds for community groups that work with the aged and disabled while their clients enjoy a great day out at the races. Since 2003 the Sandown Great Chase Community Days have donated around $20,000 to local community groups.
Who’s who at the club
Chairman – Mr Neil Brown
Directors – Mr David Gleeson, Mr Peter Rowell, Mr John Sharkie, Mr Todd O’Neil, Mrs Vickie Nolan
CEO – Mr Greg Miller
Sandown Greyhound Racing Club
Address: View Road, Springvale, VIC 3171
Postal Address: PO Box 13, Springvale VIC 3171
- TAB and ATM on premises
- Wheelchair accessible
- Free parking
- Short walk from Sandown Park train station
MEET THE PEOPLE OF SANDOWN'S GREYHOUND COMMUNITY
Pat Ryan and Ian Uren
Pat and Ian had known each other for many years at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club but it was only in the last decade that they started working together as racing judges. Despite the technology that’s been introduced over the years, they reckon there’s no substitute for experience, a real feel for what’s happening on the track and a cool head in getting the results out quickly and correctly. Ian and Pat have judged hundreds of races, including many Melbourne and Sandown Cups, and look forward to many more in a job where as Ian says “We’re the only people who get to pick 12 winners every night.”
Mel Tochner and Anita Smith
When Mel and Anita first met each other while both working at the Sandown Veterinary Clinic in the mid-1990s, neither of them imagined they would establish what is now the world’s most successful greyhound re-homing agency, Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP). The first years were a bit of a struggle as Anita and Mel juggled the demands of the growing program with work and raising kids. But now, 21 years after GAP started, they are very proud of what it has achieved and how they’ve helped raise public awareness of what great pets greyhounds make.