The Gardens to Receive Track Upgrade

Media Release: GRNSW

Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) has approved funding for track upgrade works at The Gardens which will improve the safety of both the 400m start and the catching pen.

The project, which will be completed in early July, will see the current 413 metre boxes shifted to allow for a safer start on the bend. As a result, The Gardens will now race over a distance of 400 metres instead of 413m.

At the same time, the catching pen will be re-located further around the track allowing greyhounds a longer run-in at the completion of races. This will address what has been seen as a design flaw of The Gardens as greyhounds will now have more time to slow down before entering the catching pen.

GRNSW has approved $45,000 in funding to complete the upgrade at the popular Newcastle circuit, which is expected to take a week to complete.

The Gardens work comes on the back of current improvements being made at Maitland and GRNSW Chief Executive Brent Hogan said it was a further boost to racing in the Hunter.

“The Hunter region is such a strong greyhound area and in the space of a month the two neighbouring tracks are being upgraded to improve both greyhound safety and the quality of racing.

“The projects fit squarely within the pillars of the Board’s soon to be released Strategic Plan which highlights the need for ongoing track improvements to ensure the welfare of the greyhounds and consistency for punters.”

Three race meetings scheduled for The Gardens will be transferred during the upgrade works. They are:

Wednesday 7 July, moved to Gosford (night)

Friday 9 July, moved to Maitland (twilight)

Saturday 10 July, moved to Gosford (twilight TAB C)

Throughout the changes and work online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au will continue to provide punters with the best greyhound racing odds.

For further information please contact:

GRNSW Communications Coordinator

Adam Pengilly

Ph: (02) 8767 0517

Mob: 0401 641 943

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