Josh Grimwood - Race Programmer
I am a relative latecomer to the Racing Industry. While I did enjoy going to and watching racing when I was younger, I didn’t start my employment with Racing Victoria until 2012 where I was first employed in the Customer First Department.
My role within the Customer First team encompassed Registration & Licensing, Ownership and answering general enquiries. Starting my employment in a role that dealt with so many different aspects of racing allowed me to grow my understanding of the industry and gave me the skills to further my employment with Racing Victoria.
About the Job:
Since May 2013 I have been employed as the Racing Coordinator.My main responsibilities include; race programming (Country & Metro), race date & trial allocation and race field management (barrier draws etc.). Most of my mornings consist of doing acceptances for the upcoming race meetings in Victoria, which generally close between 9-10am 2 days in advance of the meeting.
Metropolitan racing programs are completed in four month blocks. These programming blocks are:
December – March
April – July
August – November
Country racing programs are completed in conjunction with Metropolitan programs and always three months in advance. The types of races that are programmed on each day of the week in the Country are dependent on the day, for example a “Showcase Day” (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun) will be allocated 8 races made up of 3-4 Maidens and 3-5 +64 ratings races (2 of which will be showcased). Race programming can be difficult and time consuming at times as you need to balance the needs of the horse population with industry expectation.