GREYHOUND Racing Victoria has introduced a second weekly race meeting at the safest track in the state.
The Healesville Greyhound Racing Club has been rewarded for its low injury record on the long, straight track – the only one of its kind in Victoria.
The first extra meeting was held today and will become a regular Friday afternoon fixture in the GRV weekly calendar. Healesville has typically only hosted one meeting a week on Sunday afternoons.
Greyhound Racing Victoria general manager of animal welfare, Dr Gavin Goble, said the second weekly meeting at Healesville was an important part of GRV’s reform and commitment to greyhound care.
“The benefits of introducing this extra meeting are numerous but all have one common theme – improving animal welfare outcomes for greyhounds,” he said.
“In opening more racing opportunities for greyhounds of all ages and abilities, we will be looking to reduce the number of greyhounds needing to be re-homed by prolonging their window of opportunities as racing dogs.
“By keeping the opportunities open to Victorian-bred greyhounds we are emphasising our commitment to ensure the best possible life for greyhounds born in this state.”
This additional Healesville meeting will regularly be a ‘rank limit’ meeting for Victorian-bred greyhounds only.
The ‘rank limit’ will vary from time to time however will initially be restricted to greyhounds ranked 250-plus.