New Victorian greyhound racing rule regarding racing frequency starts October 1

The industry has introduced regulations to prioritise the well-being of the dogs, with the new becoming effective on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

The changes aim to limit the number of races a greyhound can have within a defined period to prevent over-racing which may be detrimental to the animal's welfare.

According to the updated rules, each greyhound will be allowed to take part in a maximum of one event, race, or satisfactory trial every two days.

Additionally they can participate in up to two events, races or satisfactory trials within a span of seven days.

Within any 28-day period, they can only race in up to seven events, races, or satisfactory trials.

These local regulations complement the existing rules that already prohibit racing or participating in trials.

The motivation behind these rules is to ensure that greyhounds have time for rest and recovery between races at greyhound tracks.

This measure aims to reduce the risk of injuries and improve their overall well-being.

In addition to these rule updates, adjustments have also been made to the ‘Plumpton Rules of Racing' which govern in Victoria.

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