For the first time, the 2018 TAB Melbourne Cup night will carry $1m in prize money.

The culmination of an outstanding three weeks of greyhound racing, three new events have been added to the program and prize money increased for seven more – including the TAB Melbourne Cup which will carry a record $630,000.

Sandown Greyhound Racing Club Chairman Neil Brown said the club was excited to enhance the biggest night of racing in the sport.

“The TAB Melbourne Cup is greyhound racing’s flagship event – it’s the race that owners and trainers around the country want to win,” he said.

“The changes to the program gives even more owners and trainers the opportunity to participate on the night, and makes TAB Melbourne Cup night a genuine showcase of our sport.”

New events to be added to TAB Melbourne Cup night include the Provincial Plate, the Super VICGREYS, and the Sky Racing Stayers. As well as a prize money increase for the TAB Melbourne Cup, prize money for the group 1 Bold Trease and the Vic bred maiden have also been increased. In all, there will be eight feature finals on the card, and all four of the remaining races will offer prize money of $10,000.

The Provincial Plate has been developed in conjunction with Greyhound Racing Victoria and will see two heats run at each of Cranbourne, Geelong, Traralgon and Bendigo. The winner of each heat will progress to the $35,500 final. The series is open to Victorian bred greyhounds with no city wins.

“Greyhound racing is a sport anyone can get involved in and the Provincial Plate gives more owners, trainers and clubs the opportunity to get involved in the sport’s biggest night of the year,” Brown continued.

“Greyhound Racing Victoria has done an excellent job in increasing returns to participants, and we’re excited to do our bit in highlighting the best our sport has to offer.

“I’d also like to acknowledge TAB for their ongoing support. Greyhound racing continues to grow in popularity, and we’re looking forward to working with TAB to further enhance how we present our feature events and introduce new people to the sport.”

We look forward to you joining us at Sandown Park on Friday 23 November to witness history being made in the world’s greatest greyhound race!

Click here for further information on the TAB Melbourne Cup night program, including conditions of entry and nomination details