Rule 80 – Draw procedure

A draw under Rule 76 for Graded Races shall be made either in public or in the presence of independent witnesses. The draw under Rule 76 for an Open Race shall be made either in public or by the GBGB. Owners shall be entitled to be informed of the time and place of the draw on request and to be present. The draw for Trap Numbers shall take place as follows:-

i)  For a single event, the first classified Wide Runner drawn shall receive the highest Trap Number to be used in the Race and the first non-classified (Railer) runner drawn shall receive the lowest Trap Number to be used in the Race. The draw shall proceed with each successive classified Wide Runner receiving the next highest Trap Number and each non-classified (Railer) Greyhound receiving the next lowest Trap Number.

Should the Race feature classified Middle Runner(s) they shall be set aside in the order drawn. The classified Middle Runner(s) shall then be allocated a Trap Number(s) in ascending order from the starting positions that remain, e.g. 2 – 3 – 4.

ii)  For a race with eliminating rounds, greyhounds will be drawn based on their seeding as follows:

Allocation of Rails runners

In a draw made for solely the rails runners, the first drawn rails runner will get trap one in the first heat, the second drawn rails runner will get trap one in the second heat and so on until the last rails runner is drawn. In the event that there are more rails runners than heats the rails runner drawn after the last heat will be allocated trap two in the first heat and so on.

Allocation of Middle runners

In a draw made for solely the middle seeded runners, the first drawn middle seed will be placed in the lowest trap number available in the last heat, the second drawn middle seed will be placed in the lowest trap number available in the penultimate heat and so on until the last middle seeded runner is drawn. In the event that there are more middle seeded runners than heats the middle seeded runner drawn after the first heat will be allocated the lowest trap number available in the last heat and so on.

Allocation of Wide runners

In a draw made for solely the wide seeded runners, the first drawn wide seed will get trap six in the first available heat, the second drawn wide seed will get trap six in the second available heat and so on until the last wide seeded runner is drawn. In the event that there are more wide seeded runners than heats the wide seeded runner drawn after the last heat will be allocated trap five in the first available heat and so on.

Vacant Traps

If there are any vacant traps in the draw, subject to Rule 77, they will be drawn as middle seeds. Vacant traps shall be guarded to provide equal distribution.