The Albion Park Raceway
The Albion Park Raceway is the home of the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club in Brisbane, Australia, where greyhound racing takes place at regular intervals. Greyhound racing is a competitive sport, where greyhound dogs race around a track.
Racing at the Albion Park track takes place in the evenings on Mondays and Thursdays, after 6:30pm, in the afternoons on Wednesdays, after 3:00pm, and in the late afternoon on Sundays, after 5:00pm. Trial times are Tuesdays from 8:00am and Wednesdays from 7:30pm, where owners can bring their greyhounds for racing trials.
Admission to the races is free, and Albion Park offers bistro and bar facilities, as well as a betting auditorium for bettors to place their bets on the greyhounds.
Albion Park Raceway History
The Albion Park raceway was first used on the 11th of February in 1993. Racing before that date took place at the Gabba track, which had been in operation since 1972. In the early 1990s, however, the Queensland Government decided to expand on the Gabba sporting ground, and so the track was moved to Albion Park. The Gabba sports area later become the home of the Brisbane Lions AFL Club, the Test cricket, and the Sheffield Shield, while the greyhound racing remained at its new location at Albion Park.
The Gabba track offered its last meeting on the 4th of February, and racing would commence again only a few days later at the Albion Park track. While the Gabba track was grass, the new Albion track offered a sand surface. This enabled the track to become more usable even under hectic racing conditions and unsavoury weather conditions.
The Races at Albion Park
There are five main distances that are covered by races at Albion Park. These include 331 metres, 395 metres, 530 metres, 600 metres, and 710 metres.
There are also various major races that are held at Albion Park. The most important of these include the Brisbane Cup, at 520 metres, the Winter Carnival Cup, also at 520 metres, and the Albion Park Gold Cup, at 710 metres. These are all Group 1 races.
Other major races include the Group 2 races, namely the Queensland Derby at 520 metres and the Queensland Futurity at 520 metres, as well as the Group 3 races. These are the Gold Coast Cup at 520 metres and the Big Dog Cup at 600 metres. The only major listed racing event to take place at the Albion Park racetrack is the Flying Amy Classic, which covers a distance of 520 metres.
Betting at Albion Park
The Albion Park racetrack offers a betting auditorium with modern features to facilitate betting. Betting takes place on the various events held by the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club. The major races of the Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Listed race events are the highlights of the betting world at Albion Park, but all the smaller races also offer opportunities for sports bettors to place their bets and try their luck. Greyhound racing betting is not in all countries, but it is one in Australia, although on a far lesser level than horse racing.