A suite of Greyhound Australasia (GA) rule amendments will take effect in Victoria from August 22, 2018.
The changes will update five rules to provide more information, clarification, and, in some cases, will bring greyhounds rules in line with other racing codes.
GA implemented the changes on March 1, 2018 and GRV has now endorsed the amendments following a review and consultation with Victorian participants.
In particular, participants should note amendments to Rule 83A Raceday Treatment. This rule has been extended to prohibit the use of an injectable substance on the day before a race meeting, as well as on the day of the race meeting. The change will clear up confusion in the way the rule has been applied from state to state and will give participants the best chance of presenting their greyhound free of prohibited substances on race day.
Participants are also advised that GAR 1 has been amended to clarify the definition of Prohibited Substances, which now incorporates more detail and examples of prohibited substances. The amendments will not significantly change the way laboratories conduct testing or report the detection of prohibited substances. Participants are not expected to remember all of them, but every participant should be aware of what substances are being given to their greyhounds and are advised to talk to their vet if they need advice.
The following national rules will take effect on August 22, 2018:
- GAR 1 – Definition of Prohibited Substances
- GAR 1 – Norethisterone exemption
- GAR 21A – National Ban on Consecutive Days Racing
- GAR 79A – Out of Competition Testing
- GAR 83A – Restrictions on Treatment Prior to Racing
- GAR 84A – Treatment Record Requirements
To read more about the rule changes visit Greyhound Care & Standards – Rules and Regulations.