Wagering Driven: GRNSW Release Draft Calendar

PROPOSED changes to the NSW racing calendar for the upcoming season have been made to further drive the industry’s ascending wagering position.

Adam Dobbin

8 March 2021

PROPOSED changes to the NSW racing calendar for the upcoming season have been made to further drive the industry’s ascending wagering position.

On Monday, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) unveiled its draft racing calendar for 2020/21 which included 34 race dates for the new Richmond straight track which is due to begin racing mid-April.

In fact, the proposed calendar will see Richmond conduct race meetings in some instances five days a week, be it on the circle or new straight track.

One of the more notable proposed changes is the movement of Gosford from its traditional Tuesday night timeslot to Thursday afternoon.

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“Firstly let me stress this is a draft document not a final document,” GRNSW Chief Operating Officer Wayne Billett said.

“And the reason we have made the draft document public, was so that we could ask for and receive feedback before making any firm decisions on the final calendar for 2021-22.

 “We regularly look at the calendar as we do with all facets of the industry, to see what is working well and what areas are of concern and need to be changed. We need to be flexible so the industry can work to its best and the benefits can be maximized.

“The reasoning behind the change of days and time slots for some venues is based around producing the best wagering outcomes, and helping with nomination flow for all venues.”

The eagerly awaited Richmond straight track will conduct 26 race meetings on a Saturday morning with another eight allotted on a Tuesday afternoon.

The new Grafton complex will race on 52 occasions exclusively of a weekend – 40 on a Sunday and 12 on a Saturday.