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Unique new distance series to begin next week

Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club’s new distance racing series will begin next Wednesday night, with the main focus of this series is to encourage new dogs and trainers into distance racing.

As announced in December, the Ballarat Distance Challenge (660m) will run for the first time in February 2020 and will not be the usual heat and final series. Instead the Grand Final of the Ballarat Distance Challenge will be made up of the fastest eight qualifiers from three Preludes.

The Ballarat Distance Challenge Grand Final will be run on Wednesday 25 February with $10,000 going to the winner.

And it gets better, because if your distance chaser didn’t make it through to the Ballarat Distance Challenge, a consolation will also be conducted for the slowest eight times recorded in the Preludes, worth $3,000 to the winner.

Ballarat GRC has been offering free 660 metre trials in preparation for the Ballarat District Challenge, in which maidens are ineligible.

Nominations for Wednesday’s meeting close at 11am on Friday 31 January, with the action-packed race card to also include heats Western District Derby and Lil Dickie Oaks (450m).

Please note: Field sizes will be maximised to cater for lower grade greyhounds.

The nitty gritty…


Preludes dates:
• Wednesday February 5,
• Wednesday February 12,
• Wednesday February 19.


Prelude prize money:
1st – $1320
2nd – $545
3rd – $330
4th – $160
5th – 8th – $90


Grand Final A Prize money:
1st – $10,000
2nd – $3,000
3rd – $1,500
4th – $1,000


Grand Final B Prize money:
1st – $3,000
2nd – $1,000
3rd – $500
4th – $250

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