Gunnedah will host its first hub greyhound meeting on Sunday - and, according to the town's greyhound boss, more than the allocated two cards will follow if everyone does the right thing in the corona age.
Geoff Rose, president of the Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club, said: "It's a win-win in all situations, as long as we abide by the rules. These [Covid-19] orders will be strictly enforced."
Last week, the tracks in Tamworth and Moree were temporarily closed and greyhound racing in New England was centralised in Gunnedah for at least April (Gunnedah is the only TAB track in the region).
The centralised racing blueprint has been replicated statewide - in order to hold meetings in the "safest possible environment", Greyhound Racing NSW said.
Rose said Sunday's TAB meeting - to be followed be an April 19 meeting - would be a maximum 10-race card.
He said the meeting had attracted 27 trainers, "well under the limit", while the fields were full and most races had reserves.
"The people have supported the venture pretty well," he said, adding: "But if the government says we've gotta close down, we'll be the first ones to put our hand up and move that way.
"But if we all abide by the rules of the government, I think we can all win this ... not only the greyhound game, but the whole lot."
Rose said that given Gunnedah had received more than 130 nominations for Sunday's meeting, and a maximum of 80 dogs had been drawn, he would ask GRNSW to allocated more programs to Gunnedah - perhaps three a month - under the existing hub model.
Rose said the Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club had not retrenched any staff, because it was still staging races. In fact, it had added "one or two" casual staff, he added.
He said: "It's just good to see that these people can race their dogs so they can actually have some sort of income coming for their animals, and also for themselves.
"And it also keeps the staff of the track alive, too: they're still employed."