In 2018 Greyhound Racing NSW introduced the Million Dollar Chase, the richest greyhound race event in the world, and one which culminates with a Grand Final at Sydney’s Wentworth Park in late October, the winner to collect a $1 million prize.
The Million Dollar Chase is more than just one race however, with the series weaving its way through Regional NSW, greyhounds are able to qualify for semi-finals which are run at Wentworth Park. From there eight greyhounds qualify for the Grand Final, where one becomes the sport’s latest millionaire.
The event also has a strong focus on the welfare side of the industry, with 100% of all entry fees donated to the GRNSW charity, Greyhounds as Pets, to help with re-homing of greyhounds after their racing careers.
In its inaugural year, the race was won by Mystic Riot, trained at Llandilo in Western Sydney by Jodie Lagogiane, whose husband Peter was her handler that night and produced emotional scenes as he danced up the home straight in jubilation.
A year later, and this time it was Western Sydney couple Frank and Tracey Hurst celebrating as their greyhound Good Odds Harada took out the world's richest race.
In 2020, Lagogiane proved that lightning can indeed strike twice. His dog Handsome Prince speared out from an unsuitable wide, box 7 draw - the same box Mystic Riot left from two years earlier - and once he found the fence it was game over, going on to win in 29.72s from the Daryl Thomas-trained Xerri, with West Australian Tommy Shelby in third place.
2020 Million Dollar Chase Winner - Handsome Prince