The Meadows is throwing its support behind handicap races over the 725-metre journey with prizemoney bonuses for greyhounds who start off a back mark.
The club is paying an additional $1000 per metre for any greyhound that wins off a back mark over the 725 metres.
If a greyhound wins off nine metres (in a 10 metres standard stakes race), connections will get an extra $1000 on top of the winning prizemoney amount for the event. If a chaser wins off eight metres, then the bonus increases by an extra $2000, and so on.
Shall She Rock (pictured) – owned by Shona Crawford and trained by David Crawford – won off eight metres on January 17 and picked up an extra $2000. Shall She Rock goes around this Saturday night (off seven metres) and will pick up an additional $3000 if victorious.
“The staying races – especially those under handicap conditions – are very popular among owners and trainers, and these extra incentives should ensure the success of these events going forward,” announced MGRA Manager Marg Long.