GRNSW UPDATE: CITY PRIZEMONEY BOOST
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) announced today that additional prizemoney will be distributed to race meetings throughout the State from next week under its regional zoning plan.
The additional prizemoney will be allocated partly from budgets normally be used for Wednesday City meetings at Wentworth Park, which has been closed since the regional zoned racing plan was put in place by GRNSW to manage health and safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, and through sweeping cost-saving measures implemented within GRNSW.
From next week the following prizemoney will be distributed at various meetings throughout the state: NG $3,000 to the winner, 4th grade $2,800 to the winner, and 5th grade $2,500 to the winner.
These increases will apply to races over distance of 421m and above, and the new prizemoney will be implemented from Friday, April 17 at Ladbrokes Gardens.
The following meetings in the current racing schedule which will also carry the additional City prizemoney are: Bulli, Saturday April 18, Gunnedah, Sunday April 19, Dubbo, Thursday April 23, Richmond, Friday April 24, and Wagga Wagga, Sunday, April 25.
Further details beyond this point will be available shortly on thedogs.com.au, once the new schedule for the following month of racing is completed. The Northern Rivers region will be receiving a city prizemoney meeting during the week commencing April 27.
Participants should also be aware that the meetings at The Gardens on Saturday April 18, Richmond on Sunday April 19, and Grafton on Wednesday April 22, will all be fifth grade and maiden only meetings.
GRNSW Chief Executive Tony Mestrov said:
“The decision to create additional prizemoney for the regional zoning plan’s venues comes after GRNSW has slashed costs across its internal operating base, including senior staff redundancies, and other severe cutbacks due to the impacts of COVID-19 on our revenues.
“GRNSW’s budgets have been greatly impacted due to the significant downturn in TAB turnover due to the closure of their retail outlets and pubs and clubs.
“These are incredibly difficult times for so many people and our industry is not immune, with initial staff redundancies and cutbacks to operational costs being an unfortunate but necessary action GRNSW has been forced to take to keep the business viable in the immediate future and with longer-term planning.
“We have continually been looking at ways to help participants through this situation, with an utmost focus on the importance of health and safety of people and greyhounds and adhering to the strict biosecurity regulations of the Government and health authorities.
“We have also been conscious of supporting participants’ livelihoods funded by our industry as best we can while also being realistic and responsible about the impact of a substantial hit to our income, whjch we have to plan for going forward as not just be a short-term challenge.
“In the immediate future, under the regional zoning plan that has allowed us to continue racing, we have been able to add additional meetings, with two new tracks, Maitland and now Lismore, being opened for race meetings.
“I thank participants for being understanding throughout this unprecedented time, and for being patient as we work through all things relating to racing.
“We fully understand this is the livelihood for many people in our industry, and this is why we have worked extremely hard to be able to make these prizemoney increases possible and attempt to create some security for them while we attempt to stabilise the business in extraordinary times.”
Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers’ Association General Manager Steve Noyce welcome today’s announcement.
“This is a genuine acknowledgement and reward for all the participants and all the staff for their engagement of the new policies and new procedures, and everybody who has just done such a great job adapting to the necessary change to keep the industry racing,” Noyce said.