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.
2019 Million Dollar Chase Winner - Frank Hurst & Good Odds Harada
2019 Million Dollar Chase Winner - Good Odds Harada - Frank & Tracey Hurst