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Grading Procedures Amended

Racing Queensland advises stakeholders of three amendments to the Grading Procedures.

The changes will take effect at race meetings drawn on or after Wednesday 4 September 2019. The timing of implementation is linked to a multi-state Ozchase system development release.

1) Class 1 Eligibility

The Class 1 eligibility rules have been amended as follows:

  • To be eligible to nominate for a Class 1 event (excluding Maiden finals), a greyhound must have won an event at a Class 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 Track.

The relaxed eligibility rule now allows maidens to win at Capalaba, and then nominate for a Class 1 Novice at Albion Park on Thursday.

As such, the Order of Entry for Class 1 Novice events has been amended to include Class 5 performances.

Stakeholders should note that Class 5 form will continue to be disregarded for all other Class 1 events.

2) Pathways Maiden Eligibility

The Pathways maiden eligibility rules have been amended as follows:

  • Greyhounds having had less than 3 starts ineligible.

The revised eligibility rule aims to provide fairer competition for maiden greyhounds that are finding it difficult to win their first race.  

The Order of Entry for Pathways maiden events has been amended to ensure that greyhounds having had 10 or more career unplaced runs are always first in the order of entry, regardless of their recent form.

3) Time Standards

The time standards for the following venues have been amended:

  • Albion Park – the track was renovated in March 2018. Initially the average winning time was faster than before the renovation and the time standards were lowered in October 2018. However revised maintenance practices employed by the Club have now seen the average winning times revert back to normal.
  • Rockhampton – the track was renovated in September 2018 and the 407m boxes realigned. The average winning time for both distances is now slower than before the renovation.
  • Bundaberg – the track was renovated in August 2018. The Club has also been upgraded to a TAB venue. The average winning time for the 460m is now faster than prior to August 2018.
  • Capalaba – the Club has been upgraded to a TAB venue. The average winning time is now faster than prior to December 2018.

TRACK

Distance

Old Time

New Time

Albion Park

331m

19.37

19.43

Albion Park

395m

23.04

23.10

Albion Park

520m (Class 2 & 3)

30.46

30.52

Albion Park

520m (Class 1)

30.33

30.39

Ipswich

431m

25.56

No change

Ipswich

520m

31.04

No change

Rockhampton

407m

24.10

24.40

Rockhampton

510m

30.09

30.57

Townsville

380m

22.38

No change

Townsville

498m

29.34

No change

Bundaberg

460m

27.26

27.06

Bundaberg

550m

32.16

No change

Capalaba

366m

20.34

20.29

All changes can be read here in the Grading Procedures document.

For more information call RQ on 07 3869 9407.