Oxford Stadium has been dealt a massive blow with the news that it is to lose its Friday BAGS meetings from January 1.

The morning fixtures are to be switched to Kinsley, near Pontefract.

It means the Sandy Lane venue will have just one BAGS card a week – on Sunday afternoons – and only three fixtures each week, with the other two on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The loss of the meetings at the Greyhound Racing Association-operated track will add to the pressure on Oxford’s long-term future, and its trainers.

Already Galliard Homes are seeking planning permission for housing at the site.

BAGS chairman Tom Kelly said it was a “business decision”.