$1 Million Chase To Be Run At Wentworth Park On 20 October 2018

$1 Million Chase To Be Run At Wentworth Park On 20 October 2018

New South Wales Minister for Racing Paul Toole

New South Wales To Stage World’s Richest Greyhound Race

Victor P Taffa

Wentworth Park will be home to the world’s richest greyhound event, the inaugural Million Dollar Chase, on October 20, Minister for Racing Paul Toole said today.

A series of 11 qualifying finals at regional tracks and other lead-up finals at Wentworth Park will culminate in a grand final in Sydney, with $1 Million for the champion dog, from total series prizemoney of $1.7 Million.

“Million Dollar Chase will generate new interest in the sport across New South Wales and will provide a welcome boost to the economy in regional centres.” Minister Toole said.

“Million Dollar Chase will demonstrate the importance of greyhound racing to regional New South Wales through its series of high-quality events for the whole community.”

New South Wales Government will contribute $500,000 towards the series, which will include races in

  • Bathurst,
  • Bulli,
  • Dubbo,
  • Grafton,
  • Lismore,
  • Maitland,
  • Newcastle,
  • Nowra,
  • Richmond,
  • Temora,
  • Wagga Wagga.

This will culminate in a finals series at Wentworth Park.

“Million Dollar Chase marks a fresh start for the New South Wales greyhound racing industry and is a great opportunity for owners, trainers and breeders across the State.” Minister Toole said.

“I’m very pleased to be making this announcement, which follows months of work behind the scenes with Greyhound Racing New South Wales.”

Entry fees from every race will include a donation to the not-for-profit Greyhounds as Pets. All participants in the Million Dollar Chase must rehome their dog into Greyhounds as Pets or a similar program after its racing career or keep it as a pet.

“Million Dollar Chase will highlight the industry’s renewed focus on animal welfare and high standards of integrity.” Minister Toole said.

Races as part of the series, like all greyhound races in New South Wales, will be conducted under the supervision of stewards from the new Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission.

“Commission has now had full oversight of the greyhound industry for a month. This, together with the new Million Dollar Chase run by Greyhound Racing New South Wales, shows the New South Wales Government’s commitment to securing the industry for the long term.” Minister Toole said.