World's Richest Greyhound Race to be run on Saturday at Wentworth Park
The inaugural GRNSW + Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase series will reach its stunning climax at Sydney’s Wentworth Park on Saturday evening, with the connections of one greyhound to collect the $1 million first prize.
Eight semi-finals of the event were conducted last Friday at Wentworth Park, with the winners only securing a place in the world’s richest greyhound event.
Four Victorian-trained greyhounds have qualified for the grand final, with the other quartet being locally trained dogs from NSW.
The finalists are a diverse cross section of the industry, and with a life-changing payday awaiting them on Saturday, connections of each runner have their own special story to tell.
Victorian trainer Seona Thompson has qualified three runners for the Grand Final – pre-post favourite Poke The Bear, Midnight Starlet (who qualified for the semi-finals by winning the regional event at Dubbo) and Azkaban, who only secured a start in the semi-finals after another qualifier was injured and couldn’t take its place.
Keeping with the trend of female trainers from south of the border, and leading trainer Andrea Dailly has qualified Dyna Harpa for the rich event.
Dailly and her husband Tom, have been leading trainers in the sport for many years, and been fortunate to have a number of legitimate champions reside in their kennels.
In fact, Saturday’s winner of the GRNSW + Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase will become just the fourth greyhound in Australian history to earn more than $1 million in stakes. The Daillys have trained two of the other three – Fernando Bale and Dyna Double One.
Father and son training team Andrew and Adam Crouch from South Windsor, have qualified two greyhounds for the grand final – Big Butters and Jamella Jet.
Adam, 26, helped convince his father, a successful harness racing trainer and driver, to switch codes six years ago. They converted their stables to kennels, took on a few giveaways dogs, and now have two starters - a quarter of the field - in the biggest race the sport has ever seen in this country.
Then there is NSW trainer Vic Sultana, the lure driver at the Richmond track, who has spent 50 years in the sport, and enjoyed good success, but nothing like this. Vic has qualified Sky Wave for the grand final.
There is a story behind every runner in the GRNSW + Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase.
And while there is a tremendous focus on the race, also at the forefront of the event is the welfare of greyhounds, with all net proceeds from a Gala Luncheon to be held on Friday, entry fees to the course on Saturday, and on course raffles and collections, going to the NSW Greyhounds as Pets program.
For further information contact: Michael Cowley 0408 485056.