WATCH: Richmond Straight Track Trials Begin

THE Richmond Race Club's eagerly awaited straight track is now up and running with trials getting underway at the venue on Tuesday morning.

Adam Dobbin

6 April 2021

THE Richmond Race Club’s eagerly awaited straight track is officially up and running with trials getting underway under bright skies on Tuesday morning.

Not surprisingly the club were inundated with trial requests for the morning, resulting in the session being booked out in its entirety.

The Richmond straight track development continues a raft of great initiatives which have been driven by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) in recent times via the NSW Government’s Greyhound Racing Capital Grants program.

The new track’s inaugural race meeting has been scheduled for Saturday morning, April 24.

The track has been designed to best practice dimensions – the track’s width is eight metres which makes it wider than both Murray Bridge and Healesville and consistent with Capalaba.

Furthermore, a longer run has been designed between the winning post through to the catching pen than other straight tracks to heighten greyhound safety.

With races to be initially staged exclusively over 325 metres, the Richmond straight track lure will be run on the Safe-Chase battery remote control system which allows for increased speed and braking.

And while racing is initially over 325 metres, there is an additional 40 metre section available which allows for another distance if needed in the future.

A removable rail is located at the track entry adjacent to the kennels to allow greyhounds and participants to access the circle track for racing and trials as well.

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) have programmed a variety of attractive races for the first meeting which is sure to see a big crowd in attendance.