Amendments to the Rules of Racing – 6th May 2022
The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) published amendments to its Rules of Racing as part of its ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of welfare and integrity.
The key amendments have been led by GBGB’s Welfare and Veterinary Standing Committee (WVSC) which considered feedback from stakeholders across the sport as well as the latest scientific research.
The new Rules will come into force on Friday 6th May 2022.
All licence holders are encouraged to read and become accustomed to the changes which will be available in the GBGB Calendars dated 22nd April 2022 and 6th May 2022: www.gbgb.org.uk/publications.
Key amendments to the Rules of Racing include:
- Rule 147 – Greyhound not to run more than once in a four-day period: This Rule now states that a greyhound shall not run (race or trial) more than once in a four-day period and shall only run a maximum of six times in any 28-day period. This means that, for example, a greyhound that runs on Monday can next run on Friday. Racecourses may apply for a dispensation to this rule for re-run races that are eliminating rounds of a competition.
- Rule 146 – Re-run: Prevents a re-run taking place on the same day.
- Rule 149 – Qualifiers from a Re-run: Updated procedure for the scheduling of Re-runs for eliminating rounds of a competition.
- Rule 113 – Kennelling and weighing procedure: Kennels may only be used more than once at a meeting if they are disinfected and dried between use, and also introduces a minimum amount of water that must be provided in every kennel.
- Rule 112 – Kennelling time: Allows for additional kennelling times at tracks, subject to there being a gap in trials and racing to allow the track to do their duties and sets a maximum time of five hours for greyhounds to be in track kennels before racing.
- Rule 80 – Draw procedure: Previously, the allocation of vacant traps in a random draw as middles seeds caused middle seeds to run from trap 6 when trap 4 was drawn as vacant. The Rule now allocates the vacant traps as the last middle runners drawn thus not denying a middle runner the opportunity for a better draw.
- Rule 90 – Dead heat for qualifying place: Removes the need for a run-off.