2021 TAB Match Race Challenge



South Australia will again conduct the annual Match Race Challenge next month, held on Thursday 23rd September during the rich Adelaide Cup Carnival.

Previously conducted as a State of Origin Series between SA and Victorian greyhounds, current Covid-19 restrictions have again forced a rethink for the event 2021, which was temporarily changed to an SA trained event last year for the same reasons.

After liaising with GRV and noting the current border restrictions that are likely to remain in place for some time, the linking of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup with Victorian events (Group 1 Topgun and Group 2 Shootout) will not occur in 2021.

To ensure that Angle Park TAB Match Race Challenge attracts the best greyhounds possible, GRSA has altered the conditions of the series to be “SA TAKES ON THE ALL-STARS”. It will be a similar format to the previous State of Origin concept, however the four (4) SA greyhounds will take on the four (4) best nominated greyhounds from anywhere in Australia.

This will provide another exciting dimension in what has proven to be a very successful format. With Covid-19 restrictions and border closures in place across Australia, opening up the series to all states (including Victoria) ensures the series will be conducted with a high-quality field.

Despite the removal of links to key Victorian races, GRSA will still guarantee the winner of the TAB Match Race Challenge direct entry into the $100,000 to-the-winner Group 1 Adelaide Cup final on Friday 8th October (bypassing the Adelaide Cup heats).

Nominations close at 9am on Monday, 20th September with GRSA.

Conditions of the TAB Match Race Challenge – SA TAKES ON THE ALL-STARS:

The TAB Match Race Challenge – SA TAKES ON THE ALL-STARS, between South Australia and the All-Stars from the rest of Australia, will be held at the new Angle Park track on Thursday 23rd September.

Eligibility as to who represents South Australia or All-Stars will be based around the National Championships domiciliary clause. Greyhounds need to be trained in the state they wish to represent for 76 days out of the last 150 days prior to the date of the race (23rd September).

The best four (4) greyhounds nominated from SA will be selected by the GRSA Grader to represent “SA’s Best”. The best four (4) greyhounds nominated from Interstate will be selected by the GRSA Grader to represent “the All-Stars”. 

The Grader will use whatever information he has available to select those greyhounds including liaising with other State bodies as required. The SA Grader’s decision will be final.

Those greyhounds not selected from Interstate will be given the opportunity to solo trial or race in another event on the night. Reserves will be declared, with one (1) from SA and one (1) from Interstate (dependant on nominations), which will replace the SA or All-Stars representative as required. For example the SA reserve will only replace an SA scratching.

The Grader will rate the four (4) greyhounds from SA and the four (4) from Interstate in order from 1 to 4, with No.1 being the highest rated greyhound from each group. The head-to-head matches will be decided by the two No.1 rated greyhounds competing against each other and then it will be 2 v 2, 3 v 3 and 4 v 4.

Prizemoney for each individual match will also reflect the seeding of greyhounds from 1 to 4, with the No.1 rated greyhound’s racing for the most prizemoney in the head-to-head races. However, the overall winner of the race will still be determined on actual race times run by each greyhound (to three decimal places).


Prizemoney for each pairing:

·         1 v 1 – Winner $4,750, Runner Up $500

·         2 v 2 – Winner $4,500, Runner Up $500

·         3 v 3 – Winner $4,250, Runner Up $500

·         4 v 4 – Winner $4,000, Runner Up $500

Prizemoney for the overall placings for TAB Match Race Challenge (based on overall times):

·         1st – $7,500

·         2nd – $2,500

·         3rd – $1,000

This year, with various borders closures impacting travel to SA and some states in lockdown, GRSA has determined that we be guided by SA Government advice for travel from each state.

If trainers from certain states can freely enter SA, GRSA will accept their nomination without further investigation. If trainers from states in lockdown or are subject to travel restrictions from entering SA, GRSA will accept their nomination only if they have approval from GRSA Stewards regarding:

1.       Where the greyhound will be kennelled in SA

2.       Who will have authority for the greyhound whilst in SA

3.       Evidence that the greyhound is travelling to SA by an approved freight company

Upon GRSA Stewards approval, these greyhounds can remain in the Interstate trainer’s name whilst they compete in SA feature events. This will be subject to review and change dependent on updated SA Government advice.