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Prize money to be distributed from abandoned Cranbourne meeting

Prize money from last night’s abandoned race meeting at Cranbourne will be divided equally among the owners and trainers of greyhounds that were set to compete at the meeting.

Greyhound Racing Victoria has apologised for the late decision to abandon the race meeting – which was made at 4:00pm – and made in the interests of the welfare and safety of the greyhounds.

“Remedial works have been taking place at the Cranbourne track over the past two weeks, and as such new sand was added to the existing sand, with the plan for it to be worked in over time to combine the two and consolidate the track for racing, as is the normal practice,” said GRV’s General Manager of Racing, Wagering & Business Development, Stuart Laing.

“Track maintenance staff worked rigorously to get the surface up to standard in time for last night’s meeting, and there was an expectation that the track would have settled in time, however due to extreme wet weather the track was deemed too inconsistent and therefore unsafe for racing. Subsequently the meeting was abandoned.”

“Unfortunately many trainers were already on their way to the track by the time the decision was made, and GRV sincerely apologises for the inconvenience this has caused.”

GRV will continue to work closely with the Cranbourne GRC to rectify the track and ensure it is ready for racing.

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