Wednesday 22 August saw the first of the new Provincial Full-Stakes meetings held on metropolitan tracks conducted at The Meadows. This new meeting type replaces Metropolitan Non-Penalty meetings that have been held on Wednesdays at The Meadows and Sundays at Sandown Park.
The change to the meetings on this day comes as part of the second round of grading changes that continue GRV’s drive towards Racing Operations excellence as outlined in its strategic plan ‘On Track For A Great Future’.
The changes are intended to provide greater racing opportunities for more members and ensure that greyhounds progress through grades in accordance with their performances. An explanation of the changes can be seen here.
In order for this differentiation between a metropolitan and provincial meeting held on the same physical track, a new track designation for both metropolitan tracks was required. Therefore there will be two new track designations that appear in form guides.
MEA will indicate a Metropolitan Full-Stakes Meeting held at The Meadows
MEP will indicate a Provincial Full-Stakes Meeting held at The Meadows
SAN will indicate a Metropolitan Full-Stakes Meeting held at Sandown Park
SAP will indicate a Provincial Full-Stakes Meeting held at Sandown Park
As these ‘new’ tracks are established there will be some gaps in the information provided on form guides. There will be no average winning time for MEP and SAP meetings until a meeting has run, and it will indicate that a greyhound is having its first start here (FSH) even if the greyhound has raced at the track before. This previous race would have been held on the MEA or SAN track and not MEP or SAP, hence the discrepancy.
For example, the form guide indicates that Summer Wages, engaged in Race 5 on Sunday at the new SAP (Sandown Provincial) meeting, is having its first start here (FSH). See below:
Summer Wages has, in fact, had a number of starts at Sandown Park in Non-Penalty meetings which were on the SAN Track.
This inaccuracy in the form guide was unavoidable due to the need to create a new track for this type of meeting. GRV realises this may cause some inconvenience for punters until such time that there is sufficient history in our system at the SAP and MEP tracks.