Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The weeks when the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club conducts meetings on Friday and Sunday at Tara Raceway obviously need some fine tuning if this week’s double-header is any indication.
Eight races – one of the smallest meetings in years – will be run on Friday while Sunday’s time-graded fixture comprises 12 races.
Although, before going into panic mode, it’s probably fair to say that 20 races for the weekend is still more than acceptable. Not acceptable though, after eight races had been graded for Friday, is the fact that there were some greyhounds that missed out on gaining a start at Sunday’s meeting.
The time-graded meetings are intended for lower-grade greyhounds with a view to keeping them in the system. And while the first prizemoney is considerably less than a normal race meeting, the fact that all runners receive at least $70 for going around has found favour with many trainers.
The main meeting on double-header weekends has always struggled up to a point because there are always going to be some of the better greyhounds that slip through the cracks and find themselves in time-graded races.
For something different, maybe it’s time to revisit the Pathway system and add a couple of these races to the main meeting program (if required). These races are where every player still wins a prize but time standards apply which require dogs to have run outside a designated time at their past four starts.
And where possible, the time-graded meeting needs to be run on a Friday.