Cannington greyhound track to close after four decades of racing

IT WILL be the end of an era for greyhound racing when the Cannington track closes its gates for the final time on Saturday night after four decades.

The theme of the final meeting is ‘The Last Hurrah.’

Greyhounds WA will relocate to a new $14 million facility in the next few months, with racing to begin in October.

The club does not have far to move into its new home, which is currently being constructed on land adjacent to the existing track – just behind the totaliser board.

Cannington Central held its first race meeting on December 12, 1974 when a massive crowd came to witness an eight race card.

Since then, tens of thousands of races have been conducted at the venue and several generations of the dog racing fans have been thrilled by the feats of the superb greyhounds that competed at greyhound headquarters.

The legendary Sandi’s Me Mum won the first of her two national titles at Cannington in 1989 and modern day star Miata broke the all-time stake money record in front of an adoring home crowd in the 2013 Galaxy final.

However the most memorable moment belongs to an interstate chaser – NSW superstar Rapid Journey.

Rapid Journey’s amazing effort to come from last to take out the 1998 National Sprint final is considered by many to be the finest run on an Australian racetrack.

Saturday’s race meeting will give the public the opportunity to enjoy racing at the track one last time and the evening promises to be a celebration of Cannington’s tremendous history.

Entry is free and there will be prize giveaways, free kids activities and the chance to walk on the track.

Racing will continue at Mandurah and Northam.