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Pakenham Plans Shorter Gaps Between Races
Racing's "version of Twenty20 cricket is on the drawing board for Pakenham Racing Club's new Tynong track" declared The Herald-Sun. Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines confirmed "remote control television will eliminate the need for stewards' towers & enable races to be run every 20 or 25 minutes". The time gap between races has traditionally varied from 30-40 minutes, "with the main constraint being the time stewards spend between watching races & returning to the stewards' room"; however Hines noted: "There are traditionalists opposed to it, but we are looking at 20 to 25-minute gaps between races." Work on the new site at Tynong (66km south-east of Melbourne) "is expected to start in April, with racing due to begin in August 2013".