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Racing NSW Acts To Avoids Timing Clash

Friday, 5th February 2016

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club yesterday announced a variation in the scheduled starting time for Race 4 at Royal Randwick tomorrow which will be run three minutes earlier at 2.27pm. The change in race time for the TBNSW Breeders Classic (1200m) was ordered to avoid a direct clash with race 3 from Caulfield, which is scheduled for 2.30pm as part of Racing Victoria's trial of 30 minute gaps between races. "While we are disappointed at the unilateral decision by Racing Victoria to run at 30 minute intervals, Racing NSW and ATC are conscious of the impact of race clashes between Sydney and Melbourne on racegoers and punters," said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V'landys AM. "Our customers are the lifeblood of racing and Racing NSW has taken the decision in this instance to move forward by three minutes to ensure that punters can wager on and watch both races." Racing NSW stressed that the decision to move earlier by three minutes was not a forerunner to further change, with 30 minute intervals suited only to night racing or on the rare occasion where races may be delayed. "For several reasons, participants at race meetings across NSW need a reasonable time to professionally present race meetings in a timely fashion, without compromising safety. Additionally cramped intervals are simply not conducive to wagering nationally on thoroughbred racing," Mr V'landys said.

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