As of January 1 2014, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) will be enforcing a new dress code for all handlers at Victorian greyhound racing tracks.
The decision to introduce these changes has come as a result of extensive industry consultation and internal discussions. The aim of the new dress code is to present greyhound racing in a more professional manner to ensure the product of greyhound racing continues to be respected by everyone involved and the general public.
In essence, the change requires participants to wear a predominantly white shirt when handling greyhounds at Victorian racetracks.
Under GRV Local Rule 22: Behaviour and Attire at Meetings
22.3 (a) No person at a Meeting, including an Attendant, Owner or Trainer, may parade, handle or act as a catcher of a greyhound at the Meeting, unless such person is attired in the following prescribed clothing.
(i) Black or Dark Blue ankle length trousers
(ii) A collared white shirt or polo top (amended 1/1/14)
(iii) black or dark socks
(iv) black shoes, boots or gumboots; and
(v) such other or alternate clothing as the Board may determine from time to time.
In relation to 22.3 (a) (ii)
- The white collared shirt must be predominantly white and inoffensive logos on the shirt are permitted
- If a person wishes, he/she may wear a solid black jumper/top over the white shirt
- The supplied GRV Handler Bib will be the outer garment in all circumstances except during inclement weather when the supplied GRV jacket shall be worn
- In the case of cold or inclement weather, the supplied GRV jacket will be worn by all handlers
- If a peaked cap is worn, the cap must not be worn