Goulburn has been chosen to host Regional heats and a final of the TAB Million Dollar Chase, the greyhound racing series which will culminate in the world’s richest race at Wentworth Park on Friday October 18.
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson, today jointly announced with Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Officer Tony Mestrov details of the 2019 edition of the event, which will see the grand final winner walk away with a $1 million prize.
Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club, which was not a part of the inaugural series in 2018, will host qualifying heats on September 24, with their final scheduled for September 29.
Goulburn will be one of 14 regional centres hosting heats and finals, and this year those events will supply 56 of the 64 semi-finalists. The other eight semi-final places will be decided from eight ‘last chance’ city qualifiers at Wentworth Park on October 5.
Unlike 2018 where only the winner and runner-up advanced to the semi-finals, this year the first four in each regional final will qualify for the October 11 semi-finals.
The event has a new sponsor in 2019, with Tabcorp partnering with GRNSW. The grand final of the TAB Million Dollar Chase will be held at Wentworth Park on Friday, October 18, and will kick off a major weekend of racing in Sydney, with the world richest turf event the TAB Everest to be run at Randwick the following day.
The NSW Minister responsible for racing, Kevin Anderson, said this is the direction of the new look greyhound racing industry which is earning public confidence.
“This is what the reforms were all about, improving the transparency and accountability of the greyhound industry in NSW so that it not only leads the nation, but sets a benchmark for the world,” Mr Anderson said.
“With the changes and additions which GRNSW have put in place for the series in 2019, the benefits to regional NSW – and particularly to the industry in those centres – will be even more significant.”
Mr Mestrov said one the learnings from the inaugural series was that there should be a greater focus on the grass roots of the sport, throughout regional NSW. “I would firstly like to thank the Minister and his Government for their continued support of this unique series for NSW,” Mr Mestrov said.