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.
“The Million Dollar Chase will generate new interest in the sport across NSW and will provide a welcome boost to the economy in regional centres,” Mr Toole said. “The Million Dollar Chase will demonstrate the importance of greyhound racing to regional NSW through its series of high-quality events for the whole community.”
The NSW Government will contribute $500,000 towards the series, which will include races in Bathurst, Lismore, Maitland, Wagga Wagga, Bulli, Dubbo, Temora, Grafton, Nowra, Richmond and Newcastle, culminating in a finals series at Wentworth Park.
“The Million Dollar Chase marks a fresh start for the NSW greyhound racing industry and is a great opportunity for owners, trainers and breeders across the State,” Mr Toole said.“I’m very pleased to be making this announcement, which follows months of work behind the scenes with Greyhound Racing NSW.”
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.“The Million Dollar Chase will highlight the industry’s renewed focus on animal welfare and high standards of integrity,” Mr Toole said.
Races as part of the series, like all greyhound races in NSW, will be conducted under the supervision of stewards from the new Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission.“The 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 NSW, shows the NSW Government’s commitment to securing the industry for the long term,” Mr Toole said.