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Racing Queensland has advised that maximum field sizes for all 1660m mobile races at Albion Park will be reduced from 12 to 10 from next week.
Over the past year, BOTRA raised concerns via RQ’s Harness Racing Advisory Panel with respect to the competitiveness of horses that settle back in the field over the 1660m distance.
As a result, RQ and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club agreed to undertake consultation – and data analysis – prior to making a decision on any prospective field reduction.
Having consulted with industry stakeholders including the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, TAB and participants, analysis of historical wagering data showed similar per race wagering on 10 and 12 horse races at Albion Park over the 1660m distance.
Furthermore, a review of the metropolitan harness racing venues in Victoria and NSW also identified a maximum field size of 10 at both venues for their short-course races over 1720m and 1609m respectively.
Accordingly, maximum field sizes for all 1660m mobile races at Albion Park will be reduced to 10 and will come into effect from Tuesday, March 3.
A six-month review, including further consultation and wagering analysis, will also be conducted.