Shepparton’s 390 metre boxes will be replaced with 385 metre Roll On Boxes from Thursday 9 January 2020.
The shift in box placement is to encourage greyhounds to run in a straighter line out of the boxes rather than deviating towards the rail.
“This decision was another recommendation handed down by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) who are continually working with GRV to improve the safety of Victorian greyhound tracks,” Director, Racing Safety, Clubs and Infrastructure, Scott Robins said.
“The Roll On Boxes have been trialled for a six week period of which we have received positive feedback regarding greyhounds positioning out of the boxes.”
All greyhounds of Grade 4 or better will be regraded back Grade 5 due to the reduction in distance.
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Nominations for the new 385m boxes for the 9th January 2020 meeting will open on 26th December. For a short period of time there will be two nomination options for this distance to allow nominations and grading up to the final 390m race on 6th January. The 390m distance will be ‘turned off’ once the 6th January meeting has been graded.