Towcester have been forced to alter the dates of the 2022 Greyhound Derby due to circumstances beyond their control.
Track spokesman Nathan Corden said: “We were informed last weekend that the F1 British Grand Prix has been brought forward by 2 weeks to the weekend of 2nd/3rd July. When initial contact was made with Silverstone we were informed it would be the weekend of 16th/17th July but could potentially be 9th/10th July.
“We obviously set our dates around them which will now not work and thus we contacted the GBGB immediately on Monday morning to request a change. We are delighted that request has been granted today and therefore the Derby will move forward one week to finish on Saturday 25th June”
New Derby dates are:-
1st Round – 19/20/21 May 2nd Round – 27/28 May 3rd Round – 4 June Quarters – 11 June Semis – 18 June Final – 25 June
TAKEN FROM GREYHOUND STAR — TUESDAY OCTOBER 26th, 2021
Towcester are to stage an additional four Friday evening meetings commencing on November 27 and running into the first three Fridays in December.
Director of Racing James Chalkley said: “The bottom line is, there are so many enquiries for Christmas bookings that we had to come up with some more meetings. I gather the boxes are all gone and most of the restaurant capacity is sold out.
“The meetings will all be ten to twelve races and are not on the SIS fixture list. We have more than enough dogs available.”
Despite being advertised for a Monday closure in the GBGB Calendar, the Stadium Bookmakers Hunt Cup does not close until Wednesday lunchtime.
Chalkley added: “Our opens generally close on Wednesdays and most of the trainers were expecting that this would too. We have twelve in the book at the moment, but trainers like Mark Wallis, who will probably have at least six entries, still haven’t entered any.