Sports Information Services (SIS) has announced that it will be resuming a full greyhound programme of 42 games every week from 1 June.
The resumption of their season would include races on eight UK greyhound tracks including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Monmore and Romford. SIS will also reinstate its service to Towcester.
SIS Product Director Paul Witten stated: “Our UK tracks have been undergoing trials for the last week and will continue through this week to ensure that all racing greyhounds will have completed at least two trials before racing resumes on 1st June. We’re very pleased to see a return to racing and would like to pay thanks to our tracks who have been very supportive of these new measures.
“We continue to liaise very closely also with the Irish Greyhound Board and are confident that we will be able to extend our service in due course to include Irish fixtures sometime in June.”
Fixtures will be held behind closed doors, and will initially be limited to 10 races per fixture in order to comply with GBGB guidelines on social distance and ensure the safety of all participants.
The number of fixtures is required to increase in due course, and ultimately return to regular service.
The fixtures will initially be distributed two in the morning, two in the afternoon and two in the evening that SIS stressed would ‘satisfy digital customers’ needs.’
UK greyhound racing has been suspended since March 18, following a decision by the UK Government to introduce Step 1 of national lockout procedures.
The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) released a five-phase roadmap to restarting the competition earlier this month, which included moves to switch from holding training meetings behind closed doors to normalising activity, according to government regulations on social isolation and public events.
Reviews are now being performed on both social isolation and grooming initiatives to ensure that they are in accordance with the latest up-to-date policy guidance.