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Who’s who in the TAB Great Chase Grand Final

The TAB Great Chase is GRV’s number one community event, and also a wonderful stepping stone for future stars of the track.

A series for greyhounds with between 1-5 wins, the past Great Chase two winners have been Dr. Tucker and Simon Told Helen, both of which have gone on to carve out sensational careers.

While COVID-19 will again prevent crowds attending the Grand Final at The Meadows, around 30 community groups from Victoria’s disability sector will participate in a Great Chase zoom call tomorrow afternoon, with eight of the organisations to be randomly drawn a greyhound in the big race.

The eight groups drawn will share in $24,000 – seven of which will collect $2,000, while the organisation matched to the winning dog will receive $10,000.

That’s sure to inspire plenty of cheer for the Group 3 feature, which will run at 2.42pm.

The TAB Great Chase has seen around $700,000 donated to Victoria’s disability sector since it was first run in 2003.

Here’s a snapshot of the 2021 TAB Great Chase Grand Finalists.

GROUP 3 TAB GREAT CHASE (525m)
Wednesday, 2.42pm

  1. INDY FIDO (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
    Comment: Won 3 from 13. Led all-the-way from Box 4 in 30.02 sec semi-final victory. Plenty of experience around The Meadows and drawn to be in the firing line throughout. Major player.
  2. HAMILLSON (Richard Hill, Frankston)
    Comment: Won 6 from 11. Been firing on all cylinders since returning from a break and looked good running down Revolution in 30.13sec semi, his third straight win.
  3. HUSHING DUSK (Ian Garland, Longlea)
    Comment: Won 6 from 20. Finished best in 30.46sec semi-final win. Needs to improve significantly on the clock but had consistent middle distance form prior to this series and will keep coming.
  4. RELOADED (Glenn Rounds, Devon Meadows)
    Comment: Won 3 from 13. Finished second in two starts since a break. Didn’t jump well in semi but drove to the front and was only gunned down late by quickest qualifier Ridge, running 30.07sec in defeat.
  5. TRUE COLLINDA (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale)
    Comment: Won 6 from 13. Talented type that chased home high-flying Idolize when semi runner-up. Could need some luck from the awkward alley but if she gets it she’s a player.
  6. IDOLIZE (Peter Presutto, Devon Meadows)
    Comment: Won 5 from 7. Exciting youngster with tremendous early speed. Ran a flying 4.97sec first split when leading throughout in 30.08sec semi win. Will take no end of catching if able to cross inside brigade.
  7. RIDGE (William McMahon, Darriman)
    Comment: Won 6 from 26. Ultra-consistent chaser that produced fastest semi performance with a strong-finishing 29.99sec effort from this draw, his third win from past four. Trainer won this race last year with star speedster Dr. Tucker.
  8. WEBLEC RANGER (Angela Langton, Anakie)
    Comment: Won 5 from 13. Continued impressive Meadows form with 30.33sec semi win. Won 3 from 5 this circuit.

Reserves:

  1. REVOLUTION (Harry Manolitsis, Lysterfield South)
    Comment: Won 6 from 8. Huge talent and likely to start favourite if a runner.
  2. SUBSTANTIAL (Anthony Azzopardi, Rowsley)
    Comment: Won 5 from 16. Also endowed with great ability and a live chance if he secures a late call-up.

Recent TAB Great Chase winners

  • 2020 Dr. Tucker (Bill McMahon, Darriman)
  • 2019 Simon Told Helen (David Burnett, Little River)
  • 2018 Go Commando (Jason Sharp, Lara)
  • 2017 Despacito (Seona Thompson, Pearcedale)
  • 2016 Promises Kept (Joe Borg, Maryborough)
  • 2015 Unlawful Entry (Kelly Bravo, Lovely Banks)
  • 2014 All Strung Out (Glenn Rounds, Pearcedale)
  • 2013 Living Proof (Glenn Rounds, Pearcedale)
  • 2012 Boris Fields (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale)
  • 2011 Fully Advanced (Ron McCullagh, Lara)
  • 2010 Up And Away (Graeme Bate, Lara)

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About Gerard Guthrie - One of Australia's leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)
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