The Macau Canidrome is to change its race programming for the first time in its 34-year history. Since its inception, Asia's only greyhound track has raced four nights a week and generally enjoyed a betting bonanza in the summer months, when Hong Kong racing shuts down. From July 2, the Canidrome will have daylight racing on Saturdays and Sundays from 5 pm to 8 pm, with only 10 events instead of the time-honoured 14. The Canidrome, which carved out a betting niche for itself when it started up, was torpedoed last year when permission was given for the Macau Jockey Club (MJC) to race through the summer. The MJC regularly races on Saturday and Sunday with twilight or night meetings, and the clash has cost the Canidrome plenty. Chief officer Danny Osmund said: 'We lost 20 per cent of our betting revenue last summer because we clashed with racing at Taipa. 'We cannot really afford a similar clash again and that is the prime reason for the switch to daylight. By cutting back to 10 races we also save some money, but the real idea is to have our racing at a time when we will not have competition. 'We certainly don't want to lose 20 per cent of our turnover and, in this way, we feel we will be much better protected.' Night racing on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer will not be affected. The Canidrome's ageing totalisator will also be improved, and brought into line with Hong Kong's and Taipa's. Since it started in 1963, the Canidrome has posted its dividends to a $1 stake, while the Hong Kong and Taipa totalisators are calibrated to show dividends to $10. 'It makes a difference. I had a few young people on the course recently from Hong Kong, and they said it was impossible to bet because they would only get $4 back for a $10 bet. They did not realise that the odds were still 4-1, they thought in terms of a $10 dividend. 'From July we will be posting our dividends in the same way as Hong Kong and Taipa,' added Osmund. In a final bid to lure a share of the Hong Kong summer betting dollar, the Canidrome's fields and other information will be made available on the Internet. 'There are a significant number of Internet users in Hong Kong and, of course, there are many former Macau residents and Hong Kong people around the world. We don't expect it to be a huge boost but there will be some interest, and we already have a good telephone betting service for our Hong Kong clients,' said Osmund.