Twenty two Victorian community groups that care for the intellectually or physically disabled are in the running for a $10,000 windfall in greyhound racing’s TAB Great Chase Grand Final at The Meadows on Wednesday.
While crowds are currently not allowed on course because of the COVID-19 pandemic, eight of the 22 groups – all of which attended last year’s final at The Meadows – will be randomly drawn and allocated a greyhound in this year’s final, to be run at 5.24pm.
The draw will take place at around 5.15pm on Wednesday via a private zoom link for all 22 groups, who will be greeted by GRV Chair Peita Duncan, CEO Alan Clayton and TAB General Manager Wagering, Trevor Parkes.
The eight groups selected are sure to be cheering frantically for their greyhounds from afar, with the organisation matched to the Grand Final winner to receive $10,000, while the other seven groups will collect $2,000 each, equating to $24,000.
First run in 2003, the annual TAB Great Chase is a state-wide event which traditionally sees groups that care for the disabled enjoy free days out at their local greyhound racetrack, where they receive meals, showbags and are allocated greyhounds for the day. The better-performing dogs win prize money for their group, with almost $650,000 distributed to Victoria’s disability sector so far.
The TAB Great Chase series is open to greyhounds with 1-5 wins, and has been won by many champions over the years, including last year’s winner Simon Told Helen, who has since gone on to win four Group 1 races while amassing more than $640,000 in prize money.
The 2020 Grand Final has no shortage of quality, featuring up-and-coming stars including Equalizer and Dr. Tucker, who have both won four races on end, as well as with Jepara (won 5 from 7) and Sovereign Wind (6 from 10). First prize is $47,000.
Group 3 TAB Great Chase Grand Final
Wednesday 21 October, 5.24pm
The Meadows (525 metres)
1 EQUALIZER (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale)
2 JEPARA (Angela Langton, Anakie)
3 CARRY ON MAXWELL (Tim Britton, Lara)
4 SOVEREIGN WIND (Des Douch, Maffra)
5 DR. TUCKER (William McMahon, Darriman)
6 EARN THE ANSWERS (Lyn Smith, Nambrok)
7 MEPUNGA SPARKLE (Samantha Hooke, Bushfield)
8 PAINT PEELER (Jason Whybrow, Wangaratta)
9 ALAMOSA BILL (Glenn Rounds, Devon Meadows)
10 CAPTAIN DYNAMITE (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale)
How to follow Wednesday’s TAB Great Chase Grand Final:
- Watch LIVE and FREE on The Watchdog app or on Sky Racing.
- Tune into Midweek Meadows on SEN TRACK (1593 AM) from 4-6pm.
- RSN Racing and Sport (927 AM).
- Live Twitter coverage with ‘Watchdog Racing’ and ‘The Meadows Dogs’.
|COMMUNITY GROUP||LOCATION||LOCAL RACE CLUB|
|Riding Develops Abilities||Maryborough||Ballarat|
|Riding for the Disabled||Ballarat||Ballarat|
|McCallum Disability Services||Alfredton||Ballarat|
|Kalianna Special School||Bendigo||Bendigo|
|Scope Fenton Street & De Gille Street||Bendigo||Bendigo|
|Scope Weeroona Avenue||Bendigo||Bendigo|
|Blairlogie Living and Learning||Cranbourne South||Cranbourne|
|The Bridge Connects||Dandenong||Cranbourne|
|Scope Muscovy Drive||Grovedale||Geelong|
|Estia Health Yarra Valley||Yarra Junction||Healesville|
|Manna Gums Nursery||Ararat||Horsham|
|Wood ‘n’ Crete||Ararat||Horsham|
|Rangeview Nursing Home||Wangaratta||Shepparton|
|Araluen||Lower Plenty||The Meadows|
|Aurora – Social Links||Thomastown||The Meadows|
|Aurora – Vasey Venue||Lalor||The Meadows|
|Riding Develops Abilities||Oaklands||The Meadows|
|All Abilities Sports||Latrobe Valley||Warragul|
|Life Skills Community centre||Moe||Warragul|