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From 1 August 2019 Racing Queensland will introduce the Queensland Greyhound Stayers Circuit to develop and promote longer distance greyhound racing in Queensland.
The Circuit will offer a continuous program of events, cater for all types of staying greyhounds, and provide a progression from sprint races to middle distance races to staying races.
The Circuit addresses a number of deficiencies in the current program by focusing on four key entry points for greyhounds stepping up in distance:
Higher prizemoney levels for middle distance and staying events will support the Circuit in acknowledgement that staying greyhounds race less frequently. Class 2 and Class 3 events over 600m and further will now offer $3,150 to the winner (total prizemoney of $4,725).
To ensure ongoing opportunities for greyhounds stepping up in distance, a minimum of five nominations will ensure staying events are drawn, and a minimum of seven nominations will ensure middle distance events are drawn.
The Queensland Greyhound Stayers Circuit has a landing page on the Racing Queensland website with a full set of conditions. Programs for August, September, and October can be viewed here. The Circuit will remain ongoing with the program updated every 3 months.