Greyhound racing is the most affordable and easiest code of racing to become involved in as an owner.
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) controls regulations around licensing and offers 3 forms of ownership - they are detailed on their website - Greyhound Racing NSW website
Looking to become an owner?
Set a budget - you can spend a couple of hundred dollars to tens and hundreds of thousands. The price will vary depending on ability, age and breeding
Up front purchase - this can vary from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Cost varies on age of greyhound, breeding bloodlines - proven sire/dam, costs already incurred such as vaccinations, rearing, break in, registration fees.
Ongoing costs - significant vet fees, training fees by trainer, prize money share with trainer
Understand your expectations
Do you want to see the greyhound regularly in person ?
Do you want to it to race regularly for significant prize money ?
Do you want the trainer to be communicating trial times and expected performance to potentially wager on the runner ?
Consider post racing career
Do you want to have as a pet post racing ?
What are you expectations if the greyhound is injured or ill and can no longer race - have you communicated these with the trainer ?
Do you want to be able to breed other litters ?
Arrange a training agreement - templates are available from GRNSW
Once you have considered these things, where do you start ?
Firstly arrange a trainer.
- A trainer must be a listed 'public' trainer through GRNSW to be authorised to trainer for a third party.
- Trainers phone numbers aren't readily available online due to privacy. The NSW GBOTA however can provide your details to trainers who you may be interested to speak with - call Ellen on 0285871210 Tuesday or Wednesday between 9am-3pm
- Review race results - see who is doing well
- Visit your local track - look at a number of greyhounds, who has runners that look healthy and happy - approach these trainers, or ask staff on course for some assistance.
- Want to try training yourself - understand you need to first be licenced and have your property inspected. Full information is available with GRNSW
- Speak with your Trainer about financial arrangements, expectations and form a written agreement.
Buying a greyhound
- Speak with your trainer, they may be able to assist
- Richmond GRC (approx November) and Dapto GRC (approx May) have an annual Auction at which you can buy a greyhound - usually between 3-6months. Speak to your trainer about attending the Auction, what you should be looking for and how they work.
- Some participants advertise through publications such as The Greyhound Recorder and National Greyhound Form; available at some News agencies.
- There are online forums such as greyhounddata
Please remember that before considering ownership of a greyhound you should decide who will care for the greyhound post racing career.
If you have information regarding animal welfare or animal cruelty (including 'live baiting') or the conduct of a person involved in greyhound racing that relates to the aforementioned, we encourage you to contact the NSW Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Office.
The information provided above is just a guide, any person interested in owning a greyhound should ensure they have fully researched and understand the responsibilities, licencing and costs involved before entering into a commitment.