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Open Races

The GBGB Open Race Calendar Planning Committee (ORCP) works to ensure a good balance to the years major open races. The ORCP comprises of four or more promoters of even number, who have been nominated by GBGB Racecourse Promoters Limited and is chaired by the GBGB Chief Executive, who has a casting vote only.

When a track submits an application for dates for races, the ORCP considers the distance of the race, the type of race and the location of the track at which the race will be staged before allocating a place in the calendar. Races of similar distance and at neighbouring tracks will be allocated slots with a suitable time difference.

Details of all open races are published in the fortnightly GBGB Calendar.

 

Race Types
Greyhound Derby
This race carries minimum added money of £50,000 but was worth £150,000 to 2013 winner SIDAZ JACK. The competition adopts a six-round format and attracts around 180 entries each year. The Derby is run over five successive weeks and has been staged at Wimbledon since 1985.

 

Category One Race
These races carry minimum added money of £12,500. They can be run between one and four rounds but must be completed within a 15 consecutive day period unless the distance of the race is more than 600m where a third calendar week may be used. In any event the competition must be completed within 18 days. Exceptions to this must be by agreement with the Open Race Planning Committee and may be to accommodate national television coverage or in the case of produce stakes, only to accommodate the number of runners. Winners in the heats of Category One events must receive a minimum of £100 and each runner £10.

 

Category Two Race
These races carry minimum added money of £5000. They can be run with one, two or three rounds but must be completed within a 15 consecutive day period and must not include more than two Saturdays. With the exception of produce stakes, no clashes are involved. Winners in the heats will receive a minimum £100 and each runner £10.

 

Category Three Race
These events carry minimum added money of £1000. They can be run over one or two rounds and within a maximum nine-day period. A category three race that is staged over one day must carry minimum added win money of £500.

 

Match Race
The minimum prize money for a match race (a contest between two greyhounds only) is £500.

 

Invitation Race
A separate category of open race proposed to the committee by the GBGB or by a promoter after the normal procedural deadline. The minimum added money for these races is £750 of which £500 must go to the winner with all runners receiving a minimum of £50 appearance money.

 

Minor Open Race
This is any open race, other than the heats of a category one, two or three race, not included in the open race list and run on one day. The minimum added money for these races is £150 of which £100 must be paid to the winner and at least £10 to each runner.

 

Notes
Penalty clause
Under open race calendar planning guidelines, a racecourse will lose the right to allotted calendar weeks if the agreed application dates for the category one race are missed. Added money- total cash prize money paid for all rounds of a race, net of any entry fees and excluding payments to reserves or trophy costs.

 

Added money proposed
When the committee considers a race, may not be reduced once a race is published in the open race list unless due to inadequate entries causing a reduction in the races staged. Added money that is increased after the publication of the race in the open race list shall not alter the category or priority of that race for that year.

 

Week
A specific Monday - Sunday period defined by the week number in a skeleton calendar issued annually by the Open Race Planning Committee.

 

Clash
Occurs at different stadia between two or more open puppy races/produce stakes over any distance, or two or more open races over any distance that are restricted to British bred greyhounds or restricted to bitches, or two or more open hurdles races over any distance, or two or more open races of any other type(s) that are over distances which differ by 60 metres or less. However, a Clash with any race for which the entries are significantly restricted will only occur if the other race is similarly restricted.