Yinnar South trainer Greg Neocleous loves the community aspect of the TAB Great Chase series, heats of which have been conducted every greyhound track in Victoria between October 9-15.
An event that raises funds and creates a VIP racetrack experience to hundreds of people across the disability sector, Neocleous said “it’s a great idea to get people involved in greyhound racing”.
Neocleous’ greyhound Johnny Mobster is having an impact on the series, winning a heat at Traralgon on October 10 in convincing fashion after avoiding interference. He now progresses to the semi-final stage at The Meadows on Wednesday.
“After he got three or four lengths in front (in his heat) I didn’t think they’d catch him,” Neocleous said.
“There are some good dogs in the series, but if he jumps early he can continue to be competitive.” With six semi-finals to be run on Wednesday, the winners and two fastest second placegetters will make it through to the October 28 Grand Final, also at The Meadows, where prize money will total $67,000 including $47,000 to the winner.
127 community organisations that care for the intellectually or physically disabled have attended TAB Great Chase community days at their local racetrack in recent weeks, and those groups that attend the Grand Final as well will go into the draw to be matched to a Grand Finalist for a chance to share in $25,500.Watch: Johnny Mobster (2) wins a heat of the TAB Great Chase at Traralgon.
Traralgon Saturday 10th October
Sale Sunday 11th October
Warragul Tuesday 13th October
Cranbourne Wednesday 14th October
Bonnie Chignell is a Gippsland girl with a lifetime experience in greyhound racing having been born into the industry. She is a Race Starter and Qualified Judge at the Traralgon Greyhound Club, and is also a hobby greyhound trainer. (Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the author and not necessarily that of GRV).