Launching Pad

Stayed tuned for details surrounding the 2022 Launching Pad series! Tickets will go on sale in January – once confirmed details will be promoted through relevant channels.

Kuro Kismet was the 2021 Launching Pad champion!

‘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, 38 greyhounds that have competed in the Launching Pad series have gone on to win a group race – 16 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 2021 Launching Pad you must purchase an Entry Form.

Entry Forms will go on sale from the Sandown Greyhounds website from midday on Monday 11 January 2021. A maximum of 64 entry forms will be sold, the cost of entry forms is $2000 per form (plus a $20 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 2021 Group 3 Launching Pad series will carry $420,000 in prize money!

Launching Pad
Final – $210,000 (1st: $150,000, 2nd: $40,000, 3rd: $20,000)
Semi Finals – $14,500 (1st: $10,000, 2nd: $3000, 3rd: $1500)
Heats – $10,000 (1st: $7000, 2nd: $2000, 3rd: $1000)

Launching Pad Consolation
For greyhounds that finish 3rd and 4th in their semi-final
Final – $21,000 (1st: $15,000, $4000, $2000)

Launching Pad Consolation Series
Maximum of three heats will be run, as determined by the greyhound’s finishing position in the heats
Final – $21,000 (1st: $15,000, $4000, $2000)
Heats – $10,000 (1st: $7000, $2000, $1000)
Over half of all greyhounds entered in the series will earn prize money!


What dates do I need to note in my diary?
Midday Monday 11 January 2021 – Entry Forms go on sale
Midday Monday 15 March 2021 – Purchase and transfer of entry forms close
8.00am Tuesday 16 March 2021 – Nominations close (nominate with Sandown GRC)
Thursday 18 March 2021 – Launching Pad heats
Thursday 25 March 2021 – Launching Pad semi finals and Consolation Series heats
Thursday 1 April 2021 – Launching Pad, Consolation and Consolation final


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


Get ready to launch!