During the regional consultation forums held late in 2013 and earlier this year, many non-TAB Clubs raised the issue of scratching time for non-TAB meetings being amended to 9am on race day to bring them into line with the scratching deadline for TAB meetings. The initiative has been adopted by the Board of GRNSW.
Such an amendment will allow notification to participants of their greyhound gaining a start, in most cases well before the trainer is required to leave home for a meeting.
The issue is viewed primarily as a welfare matter, having regard to travelling times occasioned with the uncertainty of gaining a start with a reserve, particularly in times of hot weather when kennel accommodation cannot be guaranteed.
This service is being introduced from August 1 2014. Online scratchings can be lodged with GRNSW up until 4pm on the last working day preceding the meeting. Clubs will be notified of the scratchings received via online services. Trainers Ozchase accounts will not enable notification of scratchings on line for Non-TAB meetings after this time.
Scratchings after this must be notified to the club concerned. The contact numbers for scratchings for the Non-TAB Clubs appear below. This number can be contacted between the hours of 8am and 9am on race day to notify any scratching.
The reason for the scratching will be noted and reported on the usual incapacitation/scratching form, which is forwarded to GRNSW on the first working day following the meeting. The provisions of LR 22A will remain in force.
In the case of reserve allocation, the first reserve will go into the first vacated box and the second reserve, in the case of two or more scratchings, into the second vacated box.
Statewide consultation was overwhelmingly supportive of this approach. This is a pro-active measure aimed at alleviating any welfare concerns accompanying the current requirement.
It is the responsibility of the trainer of a greyhound to scratch it from any subsequent engagement if the greyhound becomes ineligible for that event for any reason, e.g. winning a maiden beforehand, incurring a stand down incapacitation due to being injured in running, marring, failing to pursue, unsatisfactory performance or for being scratched from any prior event.
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