Arena Racing Company can confirm plans for Open Races for 2021 at its four greyhound stadia, Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr and Sunderland. Scheduling will need to be confirmed via the Open Race Planning Committee, but an outline of plans for 2021 are below.
|Newcastle||Northern Puppy Derby||1|
|Newcastle||All England Cup||1|
|Newcastle||British Bred Event||2|
|Newcastle||Angel of the North||2|
|Nottingham||British Breeders Stakes||1|
|Perry Barr||St Leger||1|
|Perry Barr||Birmingham Cup||1|
|Perry Barr||Scurry Gold Cup||2|
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.”