Qualifying Trial meetings for Victorian greyhound racing are set to recommence in June 2016 under a revamped format that will see them conducted under full race conditions.
Following consultation with key members within the greyhound racing industry, Greyhound Racing Victoria is set to commit more extensive resources to all Qualifying Trial meetings in Victoria, with GRV Stewards to control the meetings along with a full complement of club staff.
“These changes are being made given the results of these events qualify greyhounds to compete in full stake race meetings,” said Stuart Laing, General Manager of Racing, Wagering & Business Development at Greyhound Racing Victoria.
“This decision is no way a reflection on the performance or the integrity of club committees, management or staff, who have done a very good job in conducting Qualifying Trials over a long period of time.”
Upcoming Qualifying Trial Meetings
Monday 20 June – 6:00pm start
(and on the second Monday of each month beginning July 2016)
Saturday 25 June – 9:30am start
(and on the last Saturday of each month beginning July 2016)
Note: GRV’s Racing Operations Team will continue to monitor the demand for Qualifying Trial Meetings and program accordingly.
Qualifying Trial Meetings – Key Information
(effective 1 June, 2016)
- All greyhounds will be required to undergo the full kennelling procedure. This includes a vet examination, weighing and the recording of handlers’ information.
- Weight variance rules will be applicable.
- Identification cards and weights cards must be produced.
- Kennelling will commence 75 minutes before the first trial and close 30 minutes before the first trial.
- Scratchings will incur a 10 day stand-down penalty.
- Greyhounds presented at Qualifying Trial meetings are subject to normal sampling procedures, both pre and post race.
- Stewards will begin enforcing greyhound racing offences (eg. marring and failing to chase) in Qualifying Trials, with penalties applicable.
- All Qualifying Trials will be recorded by the on course vision supplier and uploaded to Fast Track.
- Stewards will complete a Stewards Report for each Qualifying Trial.
- Qualifying Trials will continue to be run one after another (approximately every 5 minutes).
- A minimum of 20 nominations are required to conduct a Qualifying Trial Meeting, with greyhounds progressing to a full stakes final.
- 5 to 6 greyhounds will be drawn into each Qualifying Trial.
- Qualifying Trial Meetings will be capped at a total of 96 greyhounds.
- Handlers and Catchers are required to adhere to regular race day dress code.