English Derby, Oaks and St Leger Dates Announced
The GBGB Open Race Planning Committee is pleased to announce that it has approved dates for three major events in the 2024 open race calendar.
Following confirmation of the schedule for the 2024 English Greyhound Derby, the GBGB has now received and approved details for the St Leger and the English Oaks. The dates and sponsors for the championship events have been confirmed as follows:
⭐ Star Sports & TRC English Greyhound Derby, Towcester, 500m
Commences: 1st Round – Thursday/Friday/Saturday 23rd/24th/25th May
2nd Round – Friday/Saturday 31st May/1st June
3rd Round – Saturday 8th June
Quarter-finals – Saturday 15th June
Semi-finals – Saturday 22nd June
Final – Saturday 29th June
Premier Greyhound Racing St Leger, Perry Barr, 710m
Heats: Saturday 7th September
Semi-finals: Saturday 14th September
Final: Saturday 21st September
Premier Greyhound Racing Oaks, Perry Barr, 480m
Commences: 1st round – Saturday 5th October
2nd round – Saturday 12th October
Semi-finals – Saturday 19th Octobe
Final – Saturday 26th October
GBGB Racing Operations Executive Scott Harvey said: “The English Derby, St Leger and Oaks are the sport’s cornerstone events and now Owners and Trainers can start to plan for next year. Getting these dates out early for a second year running supports the tracks with their own planning process and gives the Open Race Planning Committee a solid foundation from which to start scheduling racing in 2024.”
Towcester Racecourse Managing Director Kevin Boothby said: “It is our privilege to bring this competition of cultural significance to Towcester Racecourse and we’re pleased to be confirmed as the host venue of the Derby for a fourth successive year in 2024.
“Every person connected to greyhound racing dreams of one day lifting the Derby and this year’s final was an outstanding success from start to finish. We’re forecasting another bumper turnout of entries from both sides of the Irish Sea and look forward to the competition’s launch in May.”
Dave Baldwin, Head of Racing (Greyhounds) for ARC, said: “We really enjoy supporting these two great Classics and it’s great to have the dates confirmed early so Owners and Trainers can plan.”
Star Sports’ owner Ben Keith said: “I’m delighted still to be living my dream as sponsor and betting at the Greyhound Derby. I’m looking forward to next year’s story developing and the greyhound racing family coming together once again.
Harvey further commented: “We’ve had a sensational run of open race action so far this year with some stand-out performances on the track, made all the more enjoyable by an uplift in Cat One events.
“Towcester and ARC have played a leading part in this and have yet again shown their commitment to the open race calendar. The switch to a Saturday format for both the finals of the Oaks and St Leger at Perry Barr was warmly welcomed by racegoers and they remain a weekend fixture in 2024, giving people the chance again to get up close to the Classics.”
GBGB has asked all tracks to submit details for ‘established’ and ‘new’ events. These will then be announced once they have been organised into a cohesive schedule. Any new events for 2024 will be incorporated into the schedule wherever possible and the GBGB will aim to publish a calendar for the racing year by mid-November.
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