Zoned Racing For NSW During Lockdown

NEW South Wales greyhound racing will move into two racing zones in response to the NSW Government’s two-week lockdown announced Saturday.

Adam Dobbin

27 June 2021

NEW South Wales greyhound racing will move into two racing zones in response to the NSW Government’s two-week lockdown announced Saturday.

On Saturday it was announced that Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast regions would be in lockdown until at least midnight on July 9.

That resulted in Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) convening a snap board meeting on Sunday to best decide how the industry would navigate racing during the next fortnight.

“Following consultation with the NSW Government and with instructions from NSW Health, GRNSW has formulated a plan for racing during the two weeks of the lockdown in the Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast regions,” GRNSW said.

“From Sunday, June 27 until 11.59pm on July 9, racing in NSW will be divided in two distinct zones, with participants only able to race in their designated zone.

“Zone 1 consists only of people residing in the locked downed areas of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast.

“Zone 2 is the remainder of the NSW State located outside of the locked down region.

“From Monday, participants will only be permitted to race at meetings inside their own designated zone.

“Zone 1 venues are Dapto, Bulli, Richmond, Gosford and Wentworth Park. Zone 2 consists of all other tracks in the State.

“This zoning will commence immediately and as such will have a significant impact on the some of the race meetings which have already been drawn – on Monday at Bathurst, Grafton and Nowra and on Tuesday at Gosford, Bulli and Lismore.

“The race meetings set for Nowra and Gosford, which, due to their close proximity to the Zone borders attract many participants from the alternate Zone, have been heavily impacted, and as a result, GRNSW has decided to abandon both race meetings.

“GRNSW understands the impact of this announcement on participants, and have made the decision that in this instance, the total prizemoney for both Nowra and Gosford, will be divided between participants.”

Participants forced to scratch greyhounds from meetings already drawn due to zoning restrictions will be paid $250 per greyhound withdrawn.

“With the Grafton Carnival to begin on Monday, GRNSW understands that a number of participants had already relocated to the region,” the statement added.

“If pursuant to NSW Government recommendations, anyone from Zone 1 who has been in Grafton or outside of Zone 1 prior to Sunday, you will be permitted to stay and race.

“As a result of the new zoning, many participants will be unable to travel to Wentworth Park and race for city prizemoney.


“To offset this, GRNSW has decided to offer city stakes at a number of race meetings located in Zone 2.

“Full city prizemoney will be offered for the race meeting at Ladbrokes Gardens on July 2 for races over 515m excluding maidens.

“For the meetings at Dubbo on July 3, Nowra on July 4, and Bathurst on July 5, Wednesday City prizemoney levels will be available for races over 500m and the same will be in place for the Goulburn meeting on July 2.”