Thursday, June 13, 2019
Pathway Racing, introduced three years ago to allow all levels of greyhounds with recent racing form which falls outside an identified time standard the opportunity to compete, is set to return to Tara Raceway next month.
Greyhound Racing SA Racing Manager, Shaun Mathieson, said this week that all eligible greyhounds would be considered for some Pathway races that would be programmed, if required, to top up Sunday meetings.
“However, trainers with eligible Pathway greyhounds will have to advise ‘no Pathway’ on the nomination form if they don’t wish to be considered for the non-penalty events which carry the same prizemoney as time-graded races,” he said.
“As such, trainers should be diligent when nominating for meetings where Pathway races have been advertised.”
Trainers should be aware that Pathway Racing is for maiden (penalty applies), grade 6 and grade 5 greyhounds that must have started in SA on at least four occasions to be eligible.
And greyhounds must not have run faster than the designated time standard, in the case of Tara Raceway – 400 m 23.69 sec., 512 m 30.64 sec., 600 m 35.99 sec. – at their past four starts.
Mathieson said that Pathway Racing aimed to ensure maximum participation.
“As a result, the grader will endeavour to include all trainers entering at least one greyhound prior to including multiple greyhounds from the same trainer.”
Trainers should also be aware that where grade 6 greyhounds compete in grade 5 Pathway events, and are successful, they will become a grade 5 at the track and ineligible for grade 6 events at the track.