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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lure Racing

For a great day’s fun for you and your pampered canine pet why not try lure racing?  All dogs love to run and chase.
Lure Racing is different from lure coursing in that it is run over a straight course of 80 to 100 metres for small terriers and other small breeds.

Lure Racing Jack Russell and Dachshund

The dogs are raced four at a time from starting boxes and chase a lure pulled by a battery-operated machine. Hurdle races and water jumps are also included on our fun days. The antics of some dogs when first raced have the spectators rolling with laughter, some stay in the boxes and others run straight to the fence to a person they know, instead of chasing the lure. After a couple of races they get the idea and are very keen to catch the lure.

Racing happens in 2 categories:-

  • Standards - dogs 12 ½ inches or 32 centimeters or less at the withers
  • Talls - dogs over 12 ½ inches up to 18 inches. Larger dogs are encouraged to participate in either of the other Lure disciplines.

Italian Greyhounds and Whippets up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) at the withers race in their own class and are welcome to join our racing.  Registration for our Lure Racing at KCC Park is from 10:15am to 10:45am on our race days. After registration is complete, your dog is allocated a race number and a computer draw decides who competes against who in each of the races.

The dogs race from starting boxes. For the 2nd race your dog will race against dogs that finished in the same order as your dog. Example if your dog wins its first race it will race against other winners the same applies to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th placed dogs. Points are awarded 4,3,2, and 1 for each of 3 races. The progressive points score sheet is displayed on our notice board at each meeting.

In November we have our presentation day for our points score competition with Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each of 4 divisions for standards, 2 divisions for Talls and one division for Italian Greyhounds and Whippets.

A fully enclosed racetrack is located at KCC Park, Westernport Hwy, Skye, where Lure racing is conducted throughout the year. Jack Russell Terriers, both purebred or otherwise and any other breeds under 18 inches or 32cm, are welcome to participate. Additional race days are held throughout the year at other locations around Melbourne and members are notified through the Lure Racing Club of Victoria’s newsletter of the dates and times of these events.