Shame million dollar race second to Everest
HORSE racing's The Everest will be run at Sydney's Royal Randwick tomorrow. It's a race of $13 million in prizemoney.
The Everest has been a headline hogger, particularly with the use of the Sydney Opera House to beam the barrier draw and associated protesters earlier this week.
In a way, it seems a shame that greyhound racing's newest flagship race, the Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase, has played second fiddle, publicity wise, to the Everest.
The greyhound race is somewhat revolutionary, you could say, being worth so much money.
Semi-finals will be run at Sydney's Wentworth Park tonight. Greyhounds from all over Australia were eligible to compete in heats of the Ladbrokes Million, which were staged all over the state.
It was predictable that a number of Victorian greyhounds would make it to the semi-finals and that has happened.
The big names from that state - Andrea Dailly, Robert Britton, Seona Thompson - each have strong representation.
There is only one Queenslander in the semis tonight. Tom Tzouvelis has Maurice Minor in box seven, to jump at 7.19pm.
It's sudden death, with eight semi finals.
Each winner moves to the $1 million final next Saturday.
Cup hopes in Adelaide
THE group 1 Adelaide Cup will be staged at Angle Park tonight, a race of $75,000 to the winner.
Victorian trained greyhounds regularly win the Adelaide Cup. But there is only one runner from that state in tonight's final. It's the Seona Thompson trained Real Simple from box three.
The other seven runners are South Australian trained, giving the home state a genuine chance of a win.
The reason for the lack of Victorians in the Adelaide Cup is because they have been chasing the $1 million race in NSW.
The Adelaide Cup is on at 8.38pm.
BRODIE Prater is a young trainer enjoying a good run of success at Ipswich and Albion Park.
Prater landed a treble at last Saturday's meeting at Ipswich. And his winners were from the same litter, by Tonk from Indiana Gold.
Prater's Recruit, Prater's Promise and Prater's Ace were the winners. Each is fawn in colour.
Tonk and Indiana Gold were both fawn.
Prater won the Young Achiever award for greyhound racing in Queensland in 2017.
He is based at Milbong, near Boonah.
The trainer doesn't have any runners at today's twilight meeting at Ipswich. He has three runners tomorrow night, the same three that scored last Saturday.
With daylight saving now in operation in most states of Australia, the Ipswich meetings are starting about an hour earlier.
The first race today is at 2.44pm and tomorrow's meeting starts at 5.15pm.
WHY is night time called "after dark'' when it's really "after light''.