Grade 6 Racing in South Australia
Am I Maiden before I start racing?
A greyhound that has never raced before is classed as a Maiden. They are eligible for Juvenile events (a greyhound is a Juvenile until and including the last day of the month corresponding to its whelping in the second year).
 
Once a Maiden wins a Maiden or Juvenile event they then become a Grade 6 for all SA tracks over all distances. They cannot race in Maiden events anymore however if eligible for Juvenile events a greyhound can win two (three “Beat the Grader”) events. This can be at the same track or different tracks. If the greyhound was SA Bred they can win six (seven “Beat the Grader”) events again at the same track or different tracks.
 
What is Beat The Grader?
“Beat the Grader” refers to when a greyhound is engaged at a meeting and is drawn into the same class of meeting a few days later before racing in the first meeting. If the greyhound wins it can remain eligible for the second meeting (maidens cannot). Beat the Grader might occur over Easter with Angle Park Thursday being drawn before the Thursday meeting because of Good Friday and Easter Monday being Public Holidays. So your greyhound could be in both Thursday nights before it races on the first night.
 
How do you become a Grade 6 greyhound for racing in SA?
When a greyhound wins its first race it becomes a Grade 6 in South Australia this could be a Maiden or Juvenile event.
 
How many Grade 6 races can I win if I am not SA Bred?
As a non SA Bred greyhound you can win four Grade 6 races (five “Beat the Grader”). You can win your four races at four different tracks in SA over any distance however once you win at that track you become a Grade 5 over all the distances. They can be in any order. Remembering Angle Park Monday, Wednesday & Thursday are considered different tracks. Gawler Tuesday and Friday/Sunday are also considered different tracks. It is now unlikely “Beat The Grader” will occur with the separation of tracks.
  
How many Grade 6 races can I win if I am SA Bred?
As an SA Bred Grade 6 you can win many events. You can win one (two ‘Beat the Grader”)at Angle Park Thursday and Angle Park Monday over any distance however once you win you’re a Grade 5 over all distances. You can win two (three ‘Beat The Grader”) over two different distances at Gawler Provincial 1, Gawler Provincial 2, APD Wednesday, Strathalbyn and Mt Gambier. When you win you will be a Grade 5 over that distance however once you have won two then you will be a Grade 5 over all distances. Remember to win them in order. You can win one (two ‘Beat the Grader”) over each distance at Port Augusta. Once you have won over all three distances you will be a Grade 5 greyhound on the track over all distances.
You need to be aware that if you win a Grade 6 event at Angle Park on Wednesday as an example to make you a Grade 5 and then the following week win a Grade 5 event on the Wednesday to make you a Grade 4 you will no longer be eligible for any Grade 6 events on Wednesday. Your greyhound will revert to a Grade 5 over the other distances. It is best to win them in order. As an example – win a Grade 6 at Gawler over 531m then win a Grade 6 at Gawler over 400m where this will maximize your returns.
 
What if I win a Grade 6 event on Monday and then a Grade 5 event the following week on Monday?
It is very important to note that if you win a Grade 6 at Angle Park on Monday or Thursday and then win a Grade 5 to become a Grade 4 greyhound at either track this will cost you all of your Grade 6 events at any track so only win a Grade 5 event at these tracks when you have no more Grade 6 events to win. (the Non Penalty Grade 5 finals on Mondays are exempt from this as your grade will not change along with 600m and 731m racing)
 
What if I win a Grade 5 event as a Grade 6 greyhound?
The greyhound will only take one penalty to move it to a Grade 5 greyhound.
 
When I get a greyhound from Interstate will it be a Grade 6 greyhound?
If the greyhound has won a Grade 5 event it is not eligible for Grade 6 events however if it has won an RW, Novice, Special Event, Grade 7 etc then it will be eligible. Be very clear and confirm with the GRSA grading department of the classification of the greyhound in SA before purchase.
 
If an SA Bred greyhound comes back to SA is it eligible for Grade 6 events?
Interstate tracks will be considered other tracks for an SA Bred greyhound which means it will still be eligible for grade 6 races so long as it meets the normal criteria as above however if the greyhound has won a Grade 5 event at the Interstates metropolitan track making it a Grade 4 then it will no longer be eligible for Grade 6 events in SA.
 
If I win a Grade 6 Heat and Final will that count as only one win?
This will count as only one Grade 6 win if you can win both races providing added incentive to those greyhounds in these races.