Auckland Greyhound Racing Club


Trials Policy

Trial Days

Trials will be staged on Wednesday.

Trials start at 10.00am

  Trainers are required to advise the starter the number of dogs they have to trial on their arrival at the track.

Trainers are reminded to arrive promptly for trials of greyhounds to avoid disappointment of the Trials meeting having concluded before they arrive Ideally all greyhounds should be on site and entered prior to 10.30am, Text or phone messages shall not be deemed to be an entry.

The trials will conclude once all notified dogs have trialed.

Trial days are open to all grades

In accordance with the Clubs Health & Safety Plan.

  • Handlers must be registered with GRNZ or in the RIU authorization stage of applying for a Handlers License
  • One dog per handler at all times
  • Dogs must be muzzled in accordance with GRNZ Rules and directives

Trainers requiring additional time to facilitate the breaking in of their pups are to liaise with the Trials starter.

Race Day Trials

Greyhounds to trial at the conclusion of kenneling in the following:

  • Reserve Greyhounds for the race meeting over 527m
  • Reserve Greyhounds for the race meeting over 527m
  • Qualifying Trials
  • Re-Qualifying Trials
  • Other dogs that Field Trials over recognized race distances only
  • Greyhounds trained outside the Northern Region, trialing in preparation for a GRNZ Group or Feature Race, granted prior approval by the Board at the closing time of the Trials.  Note the name of the greyhound must be supplied when the trainer notifies trial numbers on the preceding day or Friday in the case of a Sunday meeting.

Reserve Trials

Trials for reserve dogs that did not gain a start will be conducted in accordance with the Rules.

All reserve greyhounds are to be notified to the Office or by text to the General Manager.  All reserve dogs are to be presented to the Kennel Staff, ten minutes prior to the conclusion of kenneling, to be identified prior to trialing and shall wear their designated a racing vest when trialing.

Qualifying Trials and Satisfactory Trials

In accordance with the GRNZ Directive all Qualifying and Satisfactory trials are to be held on race days.

Trainers are reminded that nominations for qualifying and satisfactory trials close with the Office at 12 noon on the preceding Friday for Saturday or Sunday race meeting and the preceding day for midweek meetings.

Trainers are reminded that it is their responsibility to coordinate the field, including obtaining any fill in dogs, for the qualifying or re-qualifying trials.

All greyhounds contesting Qualifying and Satisfactory Trials are to be presented in the Parade Ring no later than 15 minutes prior to the advertised time for the closing of Kenneling for the race meeting.  After inspection all greyhounds contesting Qualifying Trials will be weighed and subject to a vet check.

Other Pre Race Meeting Trials

  • Greyhounds must be nominated and trial distance with the Club before 12 noon on a Friday, for Sunday meeting, and 12 noon Wednesday for a Thursday meeting.  No exceptions
  • No hand slips
  • Trainers are to ensure they have arranged handlers/catchers for all dogs racing over 527 and 603 metres.

Deferment of Race Day Trials

Note in the situation of adverse weather or marginal track conditions the Club reserves the right to reschedule, without any consultation with LPs, all pre-race meeting trials to after the last totalizator race.  The decision to transfer these trials will be made no later than 2½ hours prior to the advertised starting time of the first race.  This being the time set out by GRNZ for the RIU Stewards to complete the initial Track Reports.  A notice of deferred trials will be displayed in the Office and Kennel Block.


Other Trials

There will be the opportunity for LPs to trial any other greyhounds (dogs entered after 12 noon closing times) at the conclusion of the race meeting, note this includes hand slips.

Trials Fees

Midweek and Race Day Trial Fee                              $10

All trials fees can be paid by cash/cheque or online within 48 hours.

AGRC Members will receive a $3 discount if the trial fee is paid on the day.

In the event of a Trainer having overdue trial fees then they will lose the privilege to use the track for trials until such time as the outstanding fees are paid.