Thursday, November 22, 2018
Unplaced stakemoney of $50 a greyhound for all Sunday races at Tara Raceway will be introduced on December 2, replacing the current $20 which is solely a trainer payment.
This follows an announcement this week by Greyhound Racing SA Chairman, Grantley Stevens, who said the change took into consideration a number of circumstances that are unique to the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club.
“This includes the fact that Mount Gambier is the only TAB track in SA yet to be allocated a weekly Category 2 meeting – the second-highest level of stakemoney for standard graded events,” he said.
“The decision also recognises that the club is arguably the least-favoured by the amended schedule of racing that will be implemented from the commencement of racing at the Murray Bridge facility on December 19.
“The scheduling of Sunday meetings at both Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge will require trainers to choose one over the other.”
Stevens said that GRSA was hopeful that the introduction of the $50 unplaced stakemoney would help to strengthen the current rate of nominations for the Mount Gambier Sunday timeslot and that the SA greyhound industry should be working towards equitable circumstances being in place across all clubs.
“We believe this initiative at Mount Gambier will bring the club into closer alignment with the other TAB tracks.”
Stevens also said that the GRSA board has identified the critical importance of having three strong regional clubs in SA, underpinned by a fair and balanced approach towards both stakemoney levels and infrastructure support for each.
When the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is allocated a weekly Category 2 meeting, the Sunday unplaced money will revert to standard industry levels at the time.