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20th July 2021



The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA) is excited to release the official Terms & Conditions for the inaugural edition of The Phoenix.

To be held on Saturday night 18 December 2021 at The Meadows, The Phoenix is a $1.145 million slot race for greyhounds, with a remarkable $750,000 to the winner.

The race has already generated a huge amount of discussion since being announced on Australian Cup Night back in February.

CEO Ashley Baker noted the importance of ensuring the integrity of the race was protected through an independent and transparent legal framework.

“This is unlike anything we have ever done before and is a concept we intend to replicate for years to come, so it was vital that we made sure all participants would be protected by clear and binding guidelines.

We have already been overwhelmed with interest from trainers, owners, small and big businesses, who all want to purchase a slot and it is important that everyone who participates has a positive experience.”

GRV Chair Peita Duncan commended the MGRA on the initiative.

“Our network of Clubs already do a terrific job delivering some of the best greyhound racing in the world, so when Ashley approached me with the initial concept for The Phoenix I was thrilled to support another aspirational event for participants.

It’s great to see the MGRA showing such innovation and commitment to the industry, promoting a new blockbuster event and showcasing us on the global stage.”

Applications for Slot Holder Licences will officially open at 9am on Wednesday 21 July 2021 and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 8 August 2021.


Former Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine AO will lead an Independent Assessment Panel (IAP) who have the unenviable role of selecting the successful eight slot holders.

“I am thrilled to have been asked to be involved in determining the slot holders for the inaugural edition of The Phoenix at The Meadows.

It’s an exciting concept which we have seen work tremendously well in the thoroughbred industry and I believe the race will provide some excellent promotional opportunities for the sport of greyhound racing in Victoria.

We will be looking for innovative applications that show a commitment to upholding the integrity of the race and to providing promotion of this exciting event.

I very much look forward to analysing the slot applications and furthermore cannot wait to be on course come December 18 to witness the concept come to life.”

With an evolving COVID situation again unfolding in Victoria, Wednesday’s official launch event of The Phoenix has been cancelled, with further information on the application process and the terms and conditions to follow in the coming days.

The Terms & Conditions and Slot Holder Application Forms can be downloaded online at our dedicated new website

Key Dates:

  • Slot Applications open 9am Wednesday 21 July 2021
  • Slot Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 8 August 2021
  • Slot Holders announced Early September (Date TBC)
  • Final Field announced Friday 10 December 2021
  • Box Draw Sunday 12 December 2021
  • Inaugural running of The Phoenix Saturday 18 December 2021


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