GRV has been testing variations of the current lure set up at Sandown and The Meadows in recent months.
The outcome of the testing is as follows on a trial basis at Sandown Sunday Provincial Meetings and The Meadows Wednesday Provincial Stake Meetings:
- A variation of the current blue, yellow and white lure will be in use. The fully synthetic lure is a simple circular design with a single strip attached.
- The lure will be connected to a 1.2M hoop arm with the lure tracking lower to the ground.
- The Meadows will utilise a 2-lure set-up with one lure located 500mm from the rail with the second lure located at the outer edge of the 1.2M hoop.
- Sandown will utilise a 1-lure set up located at the outer edge of the 1.2M hoop arm.
Many alternatives were explored during the testing phases with The Meadows, Sandown and the Racing Reference Group (RRG) all providing input to the process.
“On behalf of GRV I would like to acknowledge the input to this process from staff at The Meadows, Sandown and members from the Racing Reference Group. There has been plenty of healthy and robust discussion around what is the best outcome for the greyhounds,” General Manager Racing Vaughn Lynch said.
“The nature of this type of process is that there will rarely be unanimous agreement however the general consensus was to keep the lure and arm variations to a minimum, that way we will be able to assess what is working and what isn’t.”
Trials have been undertaken behind the lure variations with positive feedback from trainers involved. A three-month trial of the lure variations will commence at Sandown (SAP meetings) on 7 April and The Meadows (MEP meetings) commencing on 10 April.
All races at these meetings will be run using the lure variations. The current hoop lure will be used for all metropolitan meetings.