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6-Months Trial Of Wed Acceptances For Sat Vic Meets
Racing Victoria announced that acceptances for Saturday metropolitan meetings "will come forward 24-hours (from 9am Thursday to 9am Wednesday) in a 6-months trial" commencing on 1 February 2011. To assist trainers with the earlier acceptance time, the scratching fee for horses scratched prior to 4pm the day before all Victorian race meetings will be halved from $250 to $125. This decision "has been made following consultation with the Australian Trainers Association, its members, wagering operators & the media". Acceptances for 12 Saturday Gr1 races are currently held on Wednesday, with acceptances for the balance of the meeting taken on Thursday. Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines noted: "The landscape has changed significantly in recent years, with continued growth in Fixed Odds wagering on Victorian racing & the majority of fast work completed for Saturday meetings on Tuesday or Wednesday. We believe there are further growth opportunities in Fixed Odds wagering through the earlier release of our Saturday metropolitan fields. Wednesday acceptances also provide an enhanced opportunity for pre-promotion of Saturday's metropolitan races, along with the preparation of form guides for public consumption."