Million Dollar Chase Falls Victim To Covid

THIS year’s TAB Million Dollar Chase series due to begin this weekend has fallen victim to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis gripping Greater Sydney.

Adam Dobbin

9 August 2021

THIS year’s TAB Million Dollar Chase has fallen victim to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis gripping Greater Sydney.

The reworked start to the series was to get underway this weekend at Dubbo as the regional roadshow towards the September 25 $1 million-to-the-winner grand final began.

But with Covid restrictions intensifying in recent days, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) abandoned any hopes of staging the world’s richest greyhound race in 2021 on Sunday.

“Naturally we are extremely disappointed that the sport’s premier event, the TAB Million Dollar Chase, will not be able to go ahead this year,” GRNSW CEO Tony Mestrov said.

 “We looked at several options and alternatives to run the series in a variety of different formats, but each option presented its own unique challenges and degrees of uncertainty.” 

Yet in a ray of positivity, GRNSW has committed to staging the event twice in 2022 at Wentworth Park, once in May and then again in its traditional August-September time slot.

“The responsible, practical and sensible decision to make in the current environment was to not run the TAB Million Dollar Chase in 2021 but postpone it to May 2022,” Mestrov said.

Midway through last week, GRNSW was still committed to staging the series with Dubbo and The Gardens mooted as possible destinations for the grand final.

But with Covid-19 case numbers and exposure zones continuing to escalate, an already difficult logistical exercise became an impossible one.

“We hope that 2022 will bring more freedom for residents in NSW,” Mestrov said.

“And with that, GRNSW will stage two Million Dollar Chase series next year, one in April-May, and then again in August-September.”

With the TAB Million Dollar Chase being staged twice in 2022 so too will the carnival’s major support race the Masters Meteor (520m) for veteran greyhounds.