Pilot program to begin Monday – Half-field trials

The next session will be on Tuesday April 26.

Sandown Park will be conducting a pilot program of half-field trials from next Monday February 21.

The club acknowledges demand for trials across the state is immense. In addition half field trials are often difficult to find for young or even experienced greyhounds and the club hopes a dedicated session can attract more interest.

“I’d say most would agree many greyhounds don’t get enough field experience before racing. We hope it generates some interest, obviously the more half-field experience young greyhounds can get the better they’ll be prepared for racing,” said Adrian Scott, Sandown Park CEO.

The trials will be aimed to be broken up into Maiden, 1-2 wins and open class. We ask trainers to be honest in the assessment of their greyhound for the benefit of everyone. The club won’t be grading greyhounds on suggested ability or experience.

Each participating trainer will get a $25 voucher for Greyhounds Entertainment. There will be a free BBQ and light refreshments for the duration of the session.

They will be run from 11am on Monday with expected intervals of 10 minutes, Maidens will be run first followed by 1-2 wins and open class. All trials into the catching pen. A box draw will take place at the boxes. Greyhounds can be kennelled, otherwise brought to the boxes when due. The distance will be restricted to 515m for the first week while we assess demand.

The pilot will run for three weeks (Monday February 21, Monday February 28 and Monday March 7) and assessed afterwards.

Bookings will close 3pm on Sunday. Shortly after bookings close, a text message will be sent with confirmation and details.

Click here to book a spot in the half-field trials

Jason Adams
About Jason Adams - Racing Operations Coordinator at Sandown Park. Over 8 years involvement in greyhound racing and one of the sport's biggest and most passionate fans.
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