Why you should attend the Melbourne Cup Heats

It’s widely regarded as the best night of greyhound racing on the Australian calendar – bar none.

Melbourne Cup Heats

Dream Chasers

22 Nov

It’s widely regarded as the best night of greyhound racing on the Australian calendar – bar none.

For those thoroughbred-inclined among the racing fraternity, think Derby Day at Flemington or Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill.

What better reason to experience the fastest sport on four legs than heats of the Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup (515m), which headline ‘Night Three’ of the $4.1 million Sportsbet Dream Chasers Festival.

Make no mistake, the Sportsbet Melbourne Cup is greyhound racing’s Holy Grail.

And in Saturday night’s heats it’s all or nothing.

With eight ‘must win’ heats, featuring the best 64 sprinters in the land, there are no second chances, with the winners earning a shot at canine immortality in Saturday week’s (December 2) $1 million Melbourne Cup Final.

And for lovers of distance racing, Sandown will also host heats of the Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) on Saturday night.

What's happening on Melbourne Cup Heats Night

  • Gates open from 5:30pm, first race at 6:34pm
  • FREE General Admission entry
  • Opt for the $20 Club Shout package, which includes a stubby holder, 3 standard drinks and a $10 food truck voucher
  • Join a mega night of racing, raffles, live Calcutta auction, buffet dining and entertainment in the View Room from $45
  • Or take in all the action from the trackside First Place Marquee, including 4-hr beverage package, food, live music entertainment and TV broadcast screens for just $100
  • In between all the action on the track, DJ Jarrad Lees will keep the vibes high with his unmissable DJ/Sax performance
  • Roaming entertainers throughout the night
  • Food trucks
  • Giant screens so you don’t miss a second of the action

Still six amazing prizes up for grabs in the Chase Your Dream Promotion, including 3 x $10,000 cash and $5,000 fuel and grocery vouchers

Win a share in $100,000 cash and prizes

Be on course at any of the three remaining Dream Chasers events for your chance to share in more than $100,000 worth of cash and prizes.

This Saturday, simply scan the QR code at the Sportsbet tent for your chance to win.

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2023 Dream Chasers: Upcoming events

Be on course for your chance to win

  • Saturday 25 November: Sportsbet Melbourne Cup Heats, Sandown Park
  • Saturday 2 December: Sportsbet Melbourne Cup Final, Sandown Park
  • Saturday 16 December: The Phoenix, The Meadows

Remaining prizes include a 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander, $10,000 cash, $5,000 fuel and grocery vouchers plus more.


The Sportsbet Dream Chasers Festival is back!

With over $4.1 million in prize money up for grabs, The Meadows and Sandown Park again play host to these blockbuster events, including the $1million Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup and the most exciting race in greyhound racing, The Phoenix.



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