Launching Pad

The Launching Pad returns in 2022 with its biggest prize pool yet of over $460,000!

See all details surrounding the 2022 Launching Pad below.

Nominations are complete – fields are expected to be drawn around 9.30am on Tuesday morning.

Last year’s Launching Pad champion was Kuro Kismet – ‘Sox’ used box 1 to perfection to hold off the fast finishing favourite Aston Rupee in a classic finale to the country’s premier race for emerging greyhounds.

Kuro Kismet collected $150,000 in prize money by taking out the final plus another $10,000 in in the opening two rounds. In all, 37 of the 64 greyhounds that contested the Launching Pad collected prize money and 29 collected $2000 or more.

Since becoming a slot race in 2015, 41 greyhounds that have competed in the Launching Pad series have gone on to win a group race – 17 of which at group 1 level.

That number is bound to rise as the 2021 class features prominently in feature races across the country!

Click here for a summary and replay of the 2021 Launching Pad

Entry Forms?
To enter the 2022 Launching Pad you must purchase an Entry Form.

Entry Forms will go on sale from the Sandown Greyhounds website from midday on Friday 28 January 2022. A maximum of 64 entry forms will be sold, the cost of entry forms is $2000 per form (plus a $50 transaction fee). Full payment must be made at the time of purchase, and entry forms can only be purchased online.

Who can purchase an Entry Form?
Registered trainers, owners and racing bodies can purchase entry forms. The maximum number of entry forms that may be purchased by any individual person, syndicate, club or association (as defined by GRV local rule 28.7) is eight.

Are the Entry Forms transferable?
Yes. Owners of Entry Forms are welcome to sell those Entry Forms to another registered greyhound body upon completion of the Transfer of Ownership Form (subject to approval from SGRC).

Sandown will assist those looking to buy or sell Entry Forms by providing such information on its website.

What greyhounds are eligible for the series?
Greyhounds with 1-6 wins and no more than 30 starts at the close on nominations are eligible for the series.

At the close of nominations, greyhounds must be nominated with the corresponding Entry Form number.

How much is the series worth?
The 2022 Group 3 Launching Pad series will carry $463,600 in prize money!

Qualifier events
Sandown Park will host ‘Launching Pad qualifier’ (1-4 wins, no more than 28 starts) heats on Sunday March 20, the final on Thursday March 24 – the winning connections will recieve a slot in the Launching Pad.

There is also a qualifier event at Angle Park (SA) which will be run under the same conditions – heats Thursday March 10, final Thursday March 17.

Launching Pad
Final – $220,000 (1st: $150,000, 2nd: $40,000, 3rd: $20,000, 4th: $10,000)
Semi Finals – $15,250 (1st: $10,000, 2nd: $3000, 3rd: $1500, 4th $750)
Heats – $12,600 (1st: $8400, 2nd: $2400, 3rd: $1200, 4th: $600)

Launching Pad Consolation
For greyhounds that finish 3rd and 4th in their semi-final
Final – $22,000 (1st: $15,000, 2nd: $4000, 3rd: $2000, 4th: $1000)

Runway (Consolation Series)
Maximum of three heats will be run, as determined by the greyhound’s finishing position in the heats
Final – $22,000 (1st: $15,000, 2nd: $4000, 3rd: $2000, 4th: $1000)
Heats – $12,600 (1st: $8400, 2nd: $2400, 3rd: $1200, 4th: $600)

Almost 70% of greyhounds entered in the series will earn prize money!

Dates to note:
Midday Friday 28 January 2022 – Entry Forms go on sale
Midday Monday 28 March 2022 – Purchase and transfer of entry forms close
8.00am Tuesday 29 March 2022 – Nominations close (nominate with Sandown GRC)
Thursday 31 March 2022 – Launching Pad heats
Thursday 7 April 2022 – Launching Pad semi finals and Runway (Consolation Series) heats
Thursday 14 April 2022 – Launching Pad, Consolation and Runway final

Click here for full event conditions

Further information
Sandown Greyhound Racing Club
Jason Adams –
(03) 9546 9511