The Million Dollar Chase (MDC) for a $1,000,000 greyhound winner begins today

Million Dollar Chase box draw 2023

The sixth running of the Million Dollar Chase (MDC) begins in earnest on Tuesday with the first of 17 qualifying series heats to be held around New South Wales (NSW).

First run in 2018, the Million Dollar Chase was originally implemented as a one off race that would be the world's richest greyhound race.

The race was an emphatic statement of the return of greyhound racing after Mike Baird's ill-fated NSW greyhound racing.

The event also has a strong focus on the welfare side of the industry, with 100% of all entry fees across the series donated to the NSW Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) program.

In 2019, the sustainability of the race was ensured when Tabcorp's NSW TAB announced the implementation of the laughable bet type, “Odds and Evens”.

The trade off for the casino-like offering for Tabcorp was that they would contribute revenue from Odds & Evens toward three major races in horse racing, harness racing, and greyhound racing.

In greyhound racing, the race that the new bet type funded was the 2019 Million Dollar Chase.

While Odds and Evens has died a slow and silent death on the NSW TAB, the increased revenue from the growth in greyhound betting with greyhound betting sites has continued to fund the race.

In 2023, for the first time, placegetters in and Black Top secure positions straight into the MDC semi-finals in October.

“We feel the scheduling, plus the added of an MDC semi-final berth, will see increased interest, particularly from interstate, in both of these group races,” GRNSW CEO Rob Macaulay said

GRNSW recently moved both the Dapto Megastar Final to September 7, and the Black Top Final to September 22, to accommodate the changes.

Taree greyhound racing will host two qualifying heats of the MDC on Tuesday, August 30, with a further regional final to be held on Tuesday, September 6.

Regional qualifying heats and finals run regularly across 17 NSW greyhound racing tracks over the next 43 days until the MDC Final at on Friday, October 13.

“It's such a richly unique series in how it traverses the length and breadth of regional and rural townships in NSW – bringing the excitement of our sport far and wide into these communities in search of the ultimate champion,” Macaulay said.

“Over the five years since that first Million Dollar Chase, we have seen so many great success stories come through the regional events, and as we had hoped, the series has in turn given the people of those regional areas the opportunity to see some of our best dogs racing on their local tracks.”

The winner of the 2023 Million Dollar Chase will collect $1 Million in first-place prizemoney.

2023 Million Dollar Chase Schedule

2023 Million Dollar Chase Regional Schedule
2023 MDC Track MDC Heats MDC Q Finals Distance
Taree 30 August 2023 6 August 2023 537m
Dapto (Megastar) 31 August 2023 7 September 2023 520m
Not Enough Nominations 1 September 2023 440m
Dubbo 2 September 2023 9 September 2023 516m
Broken Hill 3 September 2023 10 September 2023 525m
4 September 2023 11 September 2023 450m
Bulli 5 September 2023 12 September 2023 472m
7 September 2023 14 September 2023 484m
11 September 2023 18 September 2023 457m
Richmond 13 September 2023 20 September 2023 520m
Gunnedah 14 September 2023 21 September 2023 527m
The Gardens (Black Top) 15 September 2023 22 September 2023 515m
Wagga 15 September 2023 22 September 2023 525m
Grafton 17 September 2023 24 September 2023 450m
Nowra 18 September 2023 25 September 2023 520m
Gosford 19 September 2023 26 September 2023 515m
2023 Million Dollar Chase Wentworth Park Schedule
MDC City Qualifiers (Wentworth Park) 30 September 2023
MDC Maiden, Meteor Heats 4 October 2023
MDC Semi Finals & Sydney Cup Heats 6 October 2023
Young Star Heats 7 October 2023
Million Dollar Chase Finals Night 13 October 2023

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