Wentworth Park Abandoned At 11th Hour

A major malfunction at the 520 metre boxes at Sydney's Wentworth Park has forced the abandonment of Wednesday night’s ten-race card.

Peter Davis

3 August 2022

DESPITE being given a clean bill of health on Monday be technicians, a malfunction at the 520m boxes at Wentworth Park has forced the abandonment of Wednesday’s 10-race card.

Trainers had arrived at the track by the time Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC) stewards completed mandatory testing of all track equipment and the boxes were non-operational.

“Scheduled maintenance was carried out on Monday and the work tickets were there,” a trainer commented.

“The boxes tested fine then and all the trials here last night went off without a hitch.

“A lot of people have travelled for many hours and it’s unfortunate but the club did all it could to rectify the situation. There’s no fault with from me with what happened – that’s machinery!

“At first it was thought to be a compressor issue but it was a pneumatic problem and just could not be isolated and therefore rectified.”

While the race meeting was not conducted, the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers’ Association allowed all dogs engaged to trial (hand slips) if need be.

“Many trainers elected to take up the offer,” GBOTA Chief Executive Allan Hilzinger said.

“The meetings prizemoney will be spilt between all dogs engaged. It’s certainly a disappointment but we have done our best to ensure a positive result.”

The goodwill of being allowed to trial was much appreciated, with the club also providing a free meal for trainers.

Racing returns to Wentworth Park on Saturday when heats of the National Sprint Championship highlights another 10-event program.