The Australian Cup Carnival will be revamped in 2024, designed to give every greyhound more opportunity throughout the Carnival.
Up to eight heats of the Australian Cup (525m) will be run on opening night (Feb 10), the same night the club hosts its sprint invitational, the Group 1 Temlee, also over 525m.
Night two will see four Australian Cup semis – with the 32 competing greyhounds being the eight Temlee runners plus the first three placegetters in each of the eight Cup heats.
Night three will feature the Australian Cup Final, to be made up of the first and second placegetters in the four semis, removing the must-win-to-get-in scenario that has existed on Night 2 during the modern era.
GRV’s Peter Quilty spoke to leading trainers Lisa Delbridge and Anthony Azzopardi, who both welcomed the changes to the Australian Cup format.
“It’s a great idea… I think it’s too cut-throat otherwise,” Delbridge said of the change to the Australian Cup.
Azzopardi, who won the 2020 Australian Cup with Fernando’s Riot, agreed.