Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Following Greyhound Racing SA Racing Manager Shaun Mathieson’s consultation with owners and trainers at Tara Raceway last Thursday, further time-graded changes will now be trialled at Tara Raceway in January.
Currently, for the Thursday time-graded fixtures greyhounds are grouped subject to race wins – Maiden 0 wins, Novice 1-4 wins and Open 5+ wins – with the non-penalty events graded “worst to best”.
However, the meetings on January 9 and 23, while still retaining the current grouping procedure, will be graded “best to worst” which, according to Mathieson, would cater for a different mix of greyhounds.
“One of the problems we seem to be running into with Thursday time-graded racing in Mount Gambier is that the same greyhounds – win, lose or draw – seem to be going around most weeks while some of the ‘middle of the road’ dogs are missing out on Thursday and Sunday,” he said.
“What we are proposing is the grading of greyhounds that are time-rated 5 or more while those with a rating of 4.75 or less, in other words the better dogs, will not be considered but will be guaranteed a run at the following Sunday meeting.”
Mathieson also said that another advantage of grading “best to worst” was that all races (generally 12) could then include reserves – not the case when grading “worst to best”.
Five time-graded meetings will be run at Tara Raceway next month, the other three, on January 2, 16 and 30, to be graded under the current system.