A new prizemoney format for greyhound racing in Queensland will start from September 21.
Greyhounds Queensland Ltd (GQL) general manager, Darren Beavis, said this today.
“With the introduction of a UNiTAB and Sky Channel covered race meeting in Townsville starting on September 22, the new format will come in,” said Beavis.
Townsville will become the first country race meeting in Queensland to hold regular TAB and Sky covered races.
Tuesday night TAB and Sky-covered meetings at Albion Park will switch to Townsville.
Greyhound racing will have six TAB and Sky covered meetings each week in the south-east, initially three each at Albion Park and Ipswich. This will revert to four at Albion Park and two at Ipswich from January 8, 2010.
Albion Park will retain its Thursday night Class 1 race meeting at a slight increase in prizemoney for lower grade races.
The Class 2 meetings at Albion Park and Ipswich will have a redistribution of prizemoney.
To the end of December, Ipswich will have two Class 3 meetings and Albion Park will have one, with a significant redistribution of prizemoney.
Beavis said included in the redistribution was a significant increase in prizemoney for Maiden races, and a doubling of unplaced prizemoney for Class 2 and 3 race meetings.
The new racing schedule from 21 September will be:
- Monday Albion Park Class 2
- Tuesday Ipswich Twilight Class 3
Townsville Night Class 4
- Wednesday Albion Park Twilight Class 3
Ipswich Night Class 2
- Thursday Albion Park Night Class 1
- Friday Ipswich Twilight Class 3
The new prizemoney schedule from 21 September is as follows: