New South Wales Greyhound, Breeders, Owners & Trainers Association and major partner Ladbrokes, have announced an exciting concept to secure the Ladbrokes GBOTA slot into the inaugural running of The Phoenix in Melbourne in December.


The Ladbrokes Flight to the Phoenix series will commence at Bulli next Tuesday, 26 October and will continue across each of the GBOTA venues before culminating in semi-finals and final at Wentworth Park.


Ladbrokes will contribute almost $100K in additional prizemoney to support the Ladbrokes Flight to the Phoenix series, which will provide NSW Participants with the chance to qualify for a first of its kind greyhound slot race with the winner taking away $750K.


Ladbrokes Executive Director – Corporate Development, Karl deKroo said: "Ladbrokes is thrilled to partner with GBOTA on the 'Ladbrokes GBOTA' slot in the upcoming Phoenix at The Meadows in December. 


"GBOTA and Ladbrokes have been great partners for many years, and we are thrilled to support not only the Phoenix concept, but also the Ladbrokes Flight to the Phoenix series which will ultimately determine which dog wins the ‘Golden Ticket’ into the big race on December 18.


“Ladbrokes is a huge supporter of innovation, and The Phoenix is a great concept. We would like nothing better than to see the Ladbrokes GBOTA slot holder walk away with the major prize.”

 

NSW GBOTA did not hesitate to make an application for the history making event when it was announced by The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA).

 

“What better way to showcase top racing around our network of tracks than offering such a great incentive like a spot in The Phoenix,” GBOTA General Manager Steve Noyce said.

 

“I don’t know anyone that you’d speak to that would say the opportunity of racing for $750,000-to-the-winner isn’t life changing. And next week we begin a series that will ultimately provide that very chance.

 

“The GBOTA is very excited to be getting behind this fresh, new innovative concept.”

 

Ensuring the qualifiers are representative of the sky-blue state, greyhounds must have been domiciled in the state on or before September 11 to contest the series.

 

With the series heavily backed by industry partners Ladbrokes, prizemoney and travel allowances are on offer for NSW participants who take a chance.

 

The winner of the Flight to The Phoenix will take home $25,000 while semi-final winners will earn $12,000. Heats will carry a first prize of $5,000.

 

"The past two years have presented plenty of challenges for participants and clubs but with Ladbrokes commitment of almost an extra $100K in prizemoney for the Ladbrokes Flight to the Phoenix series and the prospect of $750K to the winner it should cause a great deal of excitement, particularly as restrictions start to ease in the build-up to Christmas," Steve Noyce said.


Ladbrokes Flight to the Phoenix NSW GBOTA Schedule:

 

HEATS

TRACK

DATE

DISTANCE

Bulli

Tuesday 26/10/21

472m

Maitland

Monday 1/11/21

450m

Lismore

Tuesday 2/11/21

520m

Gunnedah

Thursday 4/11/21

527m

Temora

Friday 5/11/21

457m

Bathurst

Monday 8/11/21

520m

Gosford

Tuesday 9/11/21

515m

Wentworth Park

Saturday 13/11/21

520m

 

 

SEMI FINALS

TRACK

DATE

DISTANCE

Wentworth Park

Saturday 20/11/21

520m

  

 

FINAL

TRACK

DATE

DISTANCE

Wentworth Park

Saturday 27/11/21

520m

 

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NSW GBOTA Contact:

Claire Blomfield

Events & Engagement 

E: events@gbota.com.au

M: 0410 805 502