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VIC & NSW Agree To Coordinated 30-Min Gap Trial
Racing Victoria (RV) yesterday announced that it will extend its trial of 30 minute gaps between races on all days, with the exception of Saturdays, to further evaluate their effectiveness in improving the raceday experience for customers and participants, reports Racing NSW. The announcement is in response to concerns by some customers and industry participants that 30-minute gaps between races on a Saturday detracts from the overall experience on what is the industry's premier raceday of the week. The announcement means that Saturdays will return to the previously adopted national race times' template commencing with this weekend's Black Caviar Lightning meeting at Flemington. The 30 minute gap trial will continue on all Victorian meetings programmed on Sunday through Friday, with RV seeking to engage with Sky Racing and other state Principal Racing Authorities (PRAs) as a matter of priority to eliminate direct thoroughbred clashes on these days. RV has also reached an agreement with its state counterpart Racing New South Wales for a coordinated trial of 30-minute gaps between weekday metropolitan meetings in the two states. This coordinated trial will commence on Wednesday, 2 March for a period of six months. RV Chairman David Moodie commented: "We welcome the opportunity to conduct a coordinated trial of 30 minute gaps with New South Wales for their weekday metropolitan meetings and look forward to expanding this to include other states. This is an important initiative for the industry nationally." RNSW Chairman John Messara AM said: "This is a pleasing outcome for the racing industry, arrived at in collaboration with Racing Victoria." Mr Moodie said RV had given consideration to the views of its customers and participants and the impacts on other racing jurisdictions in determining the next phase of its trial of 30 minute gaps. "Whilst there has been plenty of positive feedback from all sectors of the industry on the benefits of reducing the gaps between races, we do acknowledge the valid concerns of some punters and participants around their experience on Saturdays thus far," Mr Moodie said.