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...ARC CONFIRM OPEN RACE PLANS FOR 2021...
TAKEN FROM THE GREYHOUND STAR — NOVEMBER 27, 2020
Arc have announced their open race schedule for 2021 which will include 10 Cat 1 races. The notable events include the return of the Scurry, which transfers from Belle Vue and a Sunderland Festival featuring a Grand Prix and Classic.
All events are still to be confirmed by the open race planning committee.
Stadium Competition Category
Newcastle Northern Puppy Derby 1
Newcastle All England Cup 1
Newcastle Northern Flat 1
Newcastle British Bred Event 2
Newcastle Angel of the North 2
Nottingham Puppy Classic 1
Nottingham Eclipse 1
Nottingham British Breeders Stakes 1
Nottingham Select Stakes Invitation
Nottingham National Sprint 2
Perry Barr Laurels 1
Perry Barr St Leger 1
Perry Barr Birmingham Cup 1
Perry Barr Scurry Gold Cup 2
Sunderland Classic 1
Sunderland Puppy Trophy 2
Sunderland Grand Prix 2
Their statement reads:
To increase opportunities for northern based owners and trainers, minor opens will be run on a monthly basis at Newcastle. ARC will also be introducing monthly minor opens at Perry Barr. Nottingham will continue with its established schedule of regular Monday night minor opens.
In addition, ARC have submitted a formal expression of interest in hosting the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham in 2021. If successful, it will be the third year that the competition has been held at the venue.
Greyhound Operations Director at ARC, Rachel Corden said, “2020 has been an unprecedently difficult year for everyone involved in our sport. We recognize the impact that behind closed doors racing has had on owners and trainers, especially in respect of open racing.
“As we fast approach the end of the year, we thought it appropriate to confirm our open race plans across the group for 2021, and hope that it will offer further confidence regarding our Classics for owners and trainers as they look at their plans for the year ahead.
“Equally, we very much appreciate the relaxation of restrictions on spectators returning to live sporting events. Whilst all of our stadia currently sit within Tier 3 areas, we will continue to liaise with our Local Authorities and get our plans in place so that we can safely welcome people back onto our stadia as soon as they are permitted.”