September Finish For TAB Million Dollar Chase
RACING fans won't have to wait as long to sink their teeth into the TAB Million Dollar Chase with the world's richest race to be staged in September in 2021.
9 June 2021
RACING fans won’t have to wait as long to sink their teeth into the TAB Million Dollar Chase with the world’s richest greyhound race slated for September in 2021.
The first three runnings of the $1 million to-the-winner event have been staged at Sydney’s Wentworth in mid-October, yet in 2021, the grand final has been locked in for Saturday, September 25, three weeks earlier than usual.
The series, which will again wind its way across the State in a build-up to semi-finals at Wentworth Park, will commence with the opening round of regional heats on August 8 at Temora.
Now in its fourth year, the TAB Million Dollar Chase will continue its strong focus on regional venues, with another country track being added to the schedule this year.
The soon to be opened – state of the art – Grafton racetrack will host heats on August 29 and its final a week later, bringing 16 regional venues into the fold for 2021.
The 15 clubs which hosted regional heats and finals in 2020, will again host in 2021, with the regional events concluding with the Maitland Final on September 6.
All three placegetters from the 16 regional finals will advance to the semi-finals of the TAB Million Dollar Chase scheduled to be run at Wentworth Park on September 17, with many local and interstate trainers again expected to use that avenue to try to qualify for the semi-finals.
In 2019, seven of the eight grand finalists, including the eventual winner Good Odds Harada (Bathurst), came through the regional events, while in 2020, half of the field in the Grand Final qualified for the semi-finals through the regional series.
Nine City Preludes – which provided the Grand Finals winners in 2018 (Mystic Riot) and 2020 (Handsome Prince) – will be run at Wentworth Park on September 11, with only winners progressing to the semi-finals.
As was the case in 2020, the final seven semi-finalists will be made up of the winners of the State Sprint Championships which will be held around the country on August 12, as well as the winner of the New Zealand Sprint Championship.
The eight winners of the semi-finals will race for the $1 million first prize on September 25, a night where more than $1.6 million in prizemoney will be on offer.
While the schedule for the 2021 TAB Million Dollar Chase is being released today, in coming weeks GRNSW will be making further significant and exciting announcements around the sport’s premier event.