This is a public consultation and Bord na gCon seeks views from those involved in the greyhound industry on practicalities of implementing suggested amendment to the regulations and grading rules as outlined in the submission tendered. The consultation period will run for a four week period to 3rd January 2019.
1.1 Bord na gCon recognises the importance in implementing the highest standards of integrity and compliance controls in all aspects of its regulatory structure and is currently considering an amendment to Articles 6 and 7 of the Greyhound Industry (Racing) Regulations 2007 – 2017, S.I. No. 101 of 2007, and the National Grading System.
1.2 It is further recognised that many greyhounds race best when seeded in a particular manner and are accordingly assigned a Middle (M), or Wide (W) Seed. This is due to many reasons such as the manner in which greyhounds are schooled, instinctive manner in which a greyhound pursues the lure and acquired track craft.
1.3 The Racing Regulations and Grading Rules provide for two categories of seeding, Middle (M) and Wide (W). Where there is no seeding assigned to a greyhound, it appears as an Inside Runner (I) on a race card to indicate such greyhounds are best suited to run inside Middle and Wide assigned seeds. In other words, the default position of an unseeded greyhound is (I) and appears as such on a race card.
1.4 Greyhounds that are not assigned or facilitated with seeding arrangements to best suit their racing style may impact on racing in a negative manner leading to incidents that may impact the welfare of that greyhound and other competing greyhounds.
1.5 Article 6 (4) and 7 of the above mentioned regulations relate to the assignment of traps and seeding arrangements of greyhounds for racing state that:
Trap draw and procedures.
6. (4) The draw for trap numbers shall be conducted as follows:
(i) The first seeded Wide Runner drawn shall receive the highest trap number to be used in the race and the first unseeded runner drawn shall receive the lowest trap number to be used in the race. The draw shall continue with each successive seeded Wide Runner receiving the next highest trap number and each unseeded runner receiving the next lowest trap number.
(ii) Should the race feature seeded Middle Runner(s), they shall be set aside in the order drawn and then be allocated a trap number(s) in descending order from the starting positions that remain.
(5) The trap numbers in an International Race shall be allocated in accordance with the conditions of the race by the Racing Managers concerned.
7. (1) A greyhound classified as a seeded Wide Runner in any race indicated on the race card and published programme by a ‘W’ against its name or against the trap number shall be a greyhound which in the opinion of the Racing Manager, in consultation with the Control Steward, is best suited to starting outside runners not so classified.
(2) A greyhound classified as a seeded Middle Runner in any race indicated on the race card and published programme by a ‘M’ against its name or against the trap number shall be a greyhound which in the opinion of the Racing Manager, in consultation with the Control Steward, is best suited to starting on the inside of Wide Runners and outside of unseeded runners.
(3) If the advertised particulars of a Race of Feature Event state that seeding classification under this regulation will apply, an owner, trainer or authorised agent, when making the entry for such a race or feature event, may request that the greyhound be classified as a Wide or Middle Runner for such race or feature event.
(4) Notwithstanding whether or not such request is made, the Racing Manager, in consultation with the Control Steward, shall consider all entries for such a race or feature event and may on the information available to him classify a greyhound as a Wide or Middle Runner under this regulation for such race or for the first round of such feature event. He shall not alter or add to such classifications for any further round of such feature event except that in a feature event of four or more rounds, he may revise them for the second round, in which case the revised classifications shall stand for the remaining rounds. Classifications shall thus not be altered for the semi-final or final of any feature event.
(5) Any request for classification or any classification of a greyhound as a Wide or Middle Runner for a race or feature event shall apply to that race or feature event only and shall not in itself prejudice any subsequent decision or classification.”
1.6 The National Grading System provides for seeding, in accordance with the Racing Regulations, in the following manner:
All raced greyhounds are eligible for seeding. Novice greyhounds competing with raced greyhounds are also eligible for seeding.”
1.7 Under the current Racing Regulations and National Grading Rules all raced greyhounds are eligible for seeding. Novice greyhounds, when graded with raced greyhounds are similarly afforded the opportunity of seeding. Races confined to novice entries are not seeded.
1.8 The purpose of the consultation is to receive submissions regarding appropriate amendments of the above regulations and grading rules to facilitate an improved mechanism for the seeding of Novice and Raced Greyhounds.
1.9 The current seeding arrangements within the National Grading System and Greyhound Industry Racing Regulations affords the opportunity of the owner or trainer, a seeding change, once a greyhound is raced, save in circumstances where the greyhound is competing in an event as set out in the aforementioned Article 7 (4) of the Greyhound Industry (Racing) Regulations 2007 – 2017. The Racing Regulations additionally provide that the Racing Manager, in consultation with the Control Steward, may assign a seeding category to a greyhound entered for a race or event.
SCOPE OF CONSULTATION
2.1 This is a public consultation and Bord na gCon seeks views from those involved in the greyhound industry on practicalities of implementing suggested amendment to the regulations and grading rules as outlined in the submission tendered.
2.2 The consultation period will run for a 4 week period to 3rd January 2019.
2.3 Submissions on the proposed amendment to the regulations and grading system should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post addressed to Seeding Submissions, Regulation Department, Bord na gCon, Green Park, Dock Road, Limerick, V94 Y17X.
INDICATIVE ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
3.1 The following areas are presented as ‘areas for consideration’ that may aid submissions in the consultation process. This list is not considered an exhaustive list and there may be other items that merit consideration which should be included in submissions offered.
The information below is offered purely as an aid to parties in considering any proposed amendment to the regulations and grading rules:
- Appropriate seeding should offer greater integrity in racing as greyhounds will perform to the best of their ability when seeded correctly
- Appropriate seeding will ensure more consistent form as greyhounds will be assigned traps that suit racing style leading to less baulking and impediment during racing.
- The welfare requirements of competing greyhounds are met with appropriately seeded greyhounds.
- Appropriately seeded greyhounds will offer a more reliable offering from a wagering perspective
- Seeding arrangements, under the current provisions, often prohibit reserves from entering a race which they may assigned to, and result in a field of runners less than 6.
- The current seeding provisions often result in middle seeded greyhounds being assigned traps best suited for wide seeded runners due to the infrequency in which greyhounds are assigned wide seeds.
- Greater scope for grading greyhounds.
- Novice greyhounds should be afforded the opportunity of seeding irrespective of whether they race with other novice greyhounds or raced greyhounds as owners/trainers are best suited to know what a greyhound’s style of racing will be prior to it’s first race.