Brisbane Racing To Shorten Interval Between Races

The short attention spans people exhibit as the result of almost instantaneous access to everything has spurred thoroughbred trainers and jockeys in Queensland to consider following the decision of Racing Victoria to shorten the interval between races to 30 minutes.

Racing NSW had to alter their schedules to avoid conflicts with race times at Sydney meetings, but they did not appear too pleased with this step and have refused to alter the schedule to avoid clashing with Victorian races, other than adjusting the fourth race at Randwick by three minutes.

Three out of four participants in a recent survey seem to be in favour of the shortened intervals between races. Premier jockey Jim Byrne supports the change, citing the fact that those 30 minutes intervals are widely accepted at overseas venues.

Prominent trainers Tony Gollan and Rob Heathcote, both of whom have competed in Melbourne, stated that they think the plan is feasible for Victorian race meetings. Heathcote used the example of the popularity of T20 cricket as an indication of the preference for events that require a shorter attention span.

Jockey Ryan Wiggins said that the shorter interval would be better for jockey health, as those engaging in wasting would spend less time in a dehydrated state.

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