Pathway Racing

In acknowledgment of the need that exists within greyhound racing to accommodate all levels of greyhounds with the opportunity to compete, Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) has committed to an immediate trial of lower grade racing for greyhounds with recent racing form which falls outside an identified time standard.  This initiative will be called “Pathway Racing” and is part of a broader review of industry strategy which places animal welfare outcomes at its focus.

Further to consultation with the Industry Consultative Group, GRSA will introduce Pathway Racing for races at published race meetings in support of providing opportunities for lower grade greyhounds, commencing in January 2016. GRSA believes there is an immediate need to identify a vehicle for such greyhounds to be able to compete against greyhounds of a similar ability.  GRSA will run races to accommodate those greyhounds which meet a time standard on a trial basis with an intention to review outcomes after six months.


The GRSA Racing Department wishes to advise of the Pathway Racing time standards, which will took effect from Friday 1st April, 2016:



The methodology for establishing the Pathway Racing time standards is based on the average winning time in Grade 5 & 6 events at each track/distance. Following a request for an immediate review of these times (particularly at Mt Gambier), it was established that the information displayed on the GRSA website relating to average winning times was incorrect.


As such, over the past week the Racing Department has collated the correct information and has amended the Pathway Racing time standards accordingly. A further review of the Pathway Racing concept will occur at the end of the 6-month trial in early July.


Participants wishing to provide feedback on Pathway Racing are urged to forward comments to GRSA via email, post or through the GRSA closed Facebook page.



Pathway Racing Update – Tuesday 31st May, 2016


Whilst the initial stages of the trial appeared very successful, the transition to a flattened stakemoney structure has not been as well received by participants as anticipated.

In response to this decline in support, GRSA will implement a new stakemoney structure (refer table below), slightly alter the way races are selected and extend the trial period of the Pathway Racing concept to 31st July, 2016 when a full review will take place.

Another important change that participants should be aware of, is that the Grader will now draw all eligible greyhounds into Pathway races, unless ‘NO PATHWAY’ is stipulated on the nominations. As such, participants should be diligent when nominating for meetings where Pathway races have been advertised.

These changes will be effective from the Angle Park meeting on Wednesday 8th June. Nominations close on Friday 3rd June.


SUMMARY OF CHANGES – effective Friday 3rd June 2016


  • Increased stakemoney allocation for first place

  • Greyhounds will be included in Pathway Races if eligible (unless ‘NO PATHWAY’ on nomination)

  • Selection of races – greater emphasis on one trainer per race and worst to best form with SA Bred preferences included

  • Trial period extended to 31st July 2016



Refer to conditions of Pathway Racing eligibility below.

  • Pathway Racing events will only be for Maiden, Grade 6 and Grade 5 greyhounds at the track

  • Greyhounds must have started in South Australia on four occasions to be eligible for these races (First starters and greyhounds with one, two or three starts will not be considered for these events)

  • Greyhounds must not have run faster than the time standards stated above in their past four starts.

  • Pathway Racing aims to ensure maximum participation, therefore the Grader will endeavour to include all trainers entering at least one greyhound, prior to including multiple greyhounds from the same trainer
  • Fields will be selected worst form to best form in the opinion of the Grader. The Order of Preference is not be used for Pathway Racing

  • Grade 6 and Grade 5 Pathway races will carry no penalty however where Grade 6 greyhounds compete in Grade 5 events and are successful they will become a Grade 5 at the track and ineligible for Grade 6 events at the track. (Normal rules apply for Maiden events)

  • Races will be graded on race wins where possible

  • Guarding will occur where possible

  • Pathway Racing to be run at Angle Park Wednesday meetings and Gawler Sunday meetings along with Mt Gambier.


All eligible greyhounds will be drawn into Pathway races unless ‘NO PATHWAY’ has been stipulated on the nomination.


Participants wishing to provide feedback on Pathway Racing are urged to forward comments to GRSA via email, post or through the GRSA closed Facebook page.


Further Information:

Shaun Mathieson

Racing Manager

(08) 8243 7100