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TAB Phoenix – Box Draw Media Release


Box draws are always highly anticipated, but an extra element of intrigue will surround the box draw for the inaugural $1.145 million TAB Phoenix with the MGRA granted approval by the Greyhound Racing Victoria Board to let Slot Holders select their own boxes.

Slot Holders will be invited to nominate two authorised representatives who will be tasked with selecting the box they deem most suitable for their greyhound.

Under the expert supervision of Greyhound Racing Victoria stewards, the TAB Phoenix field will be randomly drawn from a barrel, with the nominated representatives of the Slot Holder then given 60 seconds to select the box that they want for their greyhound in the history-making race.

Should the representatives fail to declare a box within the 60 second window, they will automatically be allocated the lowest remaining box.

“The TAB Phoenix presents an opportunity for the Club to approach things differently to what our audience is accustomed to seeing from us,’ noted MGRA CEO Ashley Baker.

‘We believe handing the reins over to the Slot Holders will further add to the excitement surrounding the lead up to The Phoenix.

Whilst there’s no doubt the final eight greyhounds will bring with them a Group One standard of racing manners, there’s also the added bonus that connections can potentially place their greyhound in a box more suitable to their individual racing pattern, ensuring The Phoenix remains a safe and competitive event.’

With news starting to filter through of certain Slot Holders already entering into discussions with greyhound connections, and others set to offer racing pathways into the field, the road to The Phoenix is already paved in anticipation.

Relevant Greyhound Racing Victoria Rule of Racing:

36.5 Upon application from a Club, the Board may grant approval for a Box Draw to be conducted in an alternative method provided that the method approved is under the full supervision of a Steward or Approved Officer.

For more information, please visit our dedicated website

Key Dates:

  • 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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