ALBURY Harness Racing Club has been denied the opportunity to race in the prized Saturday night time slot this season.
Dates for the 2019-20 season were recently released, with Albury allocated 10 meetings starting on November 26 and winding up on June 5.
Despite the club regularly attracting good sized crowds on Saturday nights in past years, the club will predominantly host Tuesday and Friday day meetings.
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The exceptions will be the opening meet of the season which is on a Tuesday night and another meeting on January 31 on a Friday night.
The highly popular New Year's Eve meeting will also be on a Tuesday night.
The club has been allocated a Friday night for its Carnival of Cups meeting on February 14.
Club president Sue van de Ven said it was a disappointing result for Border harness racing enthusiasts.
"Unfortunately with harness racing in the present climate, scheduling is dictated by turnover," van de Ven said.
"Metropolitan meetings generate the most turnover and therefore race in the prime time of Friday and Saturday nights.
"Although we are not happy about not having any Saturday nights, at the end of the day clubs have to do what is best for the industry to survive.
"The biggest issue with day meetings is the club relies on the work of a lot of volunteers to help on race day.
"But a lot of the volunteers work during the day and are unavailable to help."