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NSW Saturday Metro Fields Declared On Wednesday
Racing NSW announced that acceptances for Saturday metropolitan meetings "will come forward 24 hours for a 3-months trial" commencing on December 1. The trial will see acceptances brought forward from 9am Thursday to 9am Wednesday for all Saturday NSW metropolitan race meetings. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys noted: "NSW partly moved towards this concept in September 2008 by having acceptances for all metropolitan Saturday fixtures that feature a Gr1 race brought forward a day to Wednesday. We are now looking forward to extending the change to include all Saturday meetings, so as to allow the earlier publication of form guides & generate more interest in our premium raceday." The trial was decided "after consultation with the NSW Trainers Association, Race Clubs & the Racing Industry Consultative Group". To assist trainers, the scratching fee for horses scratched prior to the traditional acceptance time of 9am Thursday, will be halved from $250 to $125 (except for Group & Listed races where normal fees apply). NSWTA chief executive Rob Colquhoun added: "Members of the NSWTA Board acknowledge the benefits that may arise from bringing acceptances forward in terms of promotion of the NSW racing industry & support a trial of Wednesday acceptances accordingly. The NSWTA will monitor the trial closely & looks forward to receiving feedback from its members."