Caption: Dogs thunder around the home turn at the old Border Park track, closed back in 2016.

Will we ever see the Tweed Heads Galaxy resurrected?

Since 2014 the month of June hasn’t quite felt the same to me as far as greyhound racing is concerned.

The Queen’s Birthday weekend in June was the time when the Border Park Galaxy feature sprint was run at the now closed Tweed Heads track.

            Legendary administrator Harry Pledger was the brainchild for the Galaxy which he started in 1971. King Doolittle was the winner that year.

            Ebony King won the race twice, in 1974 and 1975. So did Mint Magic, in 1999 and 2000.

            A couple of Queensland-trained winners went on to be that state’s Greyhound of the Year. They were John Reimer’s Miss Perlita in 1979 and Ron Ball’s Springtime Magic in 2001.

            How about 1997 winner Sobbing Sal? She had a terrific racing career, then from a mating with Gun Law Osti in 1999 produced a litter which included the now immortal Brett Lee.

            In 2010 the race had a prizemoney downgrade. Then in 2013 it was announced, due to ongoing financial constraints, that year would be the last Galaxy. Victory in that swansong went to multiple training premiership winners at Border Park John and Glenda Dart with Pierino.

            Racing at Border Park ceased in December 2016, the property being sold to the Gold Coast Airport for $15 million.

            So will there ever be a new track in the Tweed Heads area? Six months ago the club announced it had purchased a parcel of land for $2 million, 32 hectares in fact, at Chinderah, the site earmarked for construction of a ‘centre of excellence’.

            So will there be a new track at Chinderah? Could we see the Galaxy return to the calendar? Steve McGrath is the long-serving manager of the Tweed Heads Coursing Club and says it’s a case of being ‘patient and positive’ that the new track can become a reality. The venue is seven minutes drive south of the former Border Park raceway.

            One matter which immediately springs to mind is, after all the flooding of the past six months, would the proposed Chinderah venue cop a trashing from floods as has happened to racetracks including the Lismore greyhounds and Murwillumbah gallops? The Northern Rivers is a flood-prone area, after all.

            ‘’The track and buildings will be above the level of any flooding, even another one in a hundred years flood if we get one,’’ McGrath said.

            ‘’However, the track could be isolated due to flooded roads and that’s just a fact of life in the region. But the track won’t go under.’’

            Would flood target Lismore be closed if Chinderah becomes a reality?

            ‘’My response to that is that we don’t meddle in the affairs of other clubs,’’ McGrath said.

            Pardon the pun, but like the Greater Brisbane racing complex near Ipswich, there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before a new track at Chinderah becomes a reality. You would like to think the a resurrection of the Galaxy is a distinct possibility.