The dogs were flying at the Shepparton greyhound track on Thursday, but this time the racing felt a little bit different.
The entrants were carrying the hopes of some of the region’s community groups, part of the TAB’s Great Chase community event.
Eight local groups picked dogs out of a hat for each race, with the winning group taking home the biggest share of the cash on offer.
Greyhound Racing Victoria regional promotions and events manager Brad Williams said it was the industry’s way of giving back to the community.
‘‘It was first run in 2003 ... so it’s been going for 15 years and so far $600000 has been given to community groups,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got groups from all around the district, such as Connect GV and Goulburn Options.
‘‘The winner at the end of the day takes home a $1200 cheque, but we do it all the way through, so everyone leaves with something.’’
The series of community events runs up until the October 24 final at The Meadows, where $24000 is on the line.
‘‘We do them throughout the 13 clubs in Victoria and it culminates in the final at the Meadows on October 24, where the groups get invited down,’’ Williams said.
‘‘It’s just about the community groups coming along and having a bit of a feed and a good time.’’