Tasracing has amended the Race Programming and the Minimum Nominations – Normal Graded Events policies effective from 1 May 2016.
The amendments to both policies are in relation to the non-penalty reverse Order of Choice heats.
Under the new Race Programming policy these heats will now be restricted to greyhounds with an Order of Choice of 9 or worse and will be conducted for Mixed Maiden/Grade 6 and Mixed Grades 4 and 5 over both the Sprint and Short Sprint distances.
Under the Minimum Nominations – Normal Graded Events policy, there must be at least 16 eligible nominations and then two heats will be conducted. If heats are not conducted the meeting will be restricted to 9 races only (unless funding is available to conduct a tenth race) and a “final only” will be conducted the following week. If a final only is conducted it shall be for Order of Choice 9 or lower greyhounds and shall be selected on reverse Order of Choice.
It is suggested that these conditions will better reflect the purpose for which they were intended – i.e. to provide racing opportunities for greyhounds that were unable to obtain a start in the race meeting, much the same as the previously conducted qualifying trials.
The change to incorporate Grade 4 greyhounds into these races will also provide racing opportunities for those greyhounds that are unable to obtain a start due to being out of form which was not previously available.
Full details of the policies are available from here or from the Club offices on race day.