Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    World's richest harness series returns home

    27/05/2015 12:00 AM
    • $1.8 million up for grabs in prestigious harness pacing race series
    • Perth and regional WA to host the series for the next three years

    In just 200 days Perth will play host to the world's richest harness pacing race series - an event expected to bring thousands of interstate and international visitors to Western Australia.


    The Inter Dominion Championship will feature three qualifying heats spanning a fortnight, including - for the first time - a heat in Bunbury. It will culminate in the $1.3 million Grand Final  at Gloucester Park on the afternoon of Sunday, December 13.


    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the new timeslot would allow the final to be beamed live into the eastern states and New Zealand during prime time, creating further television exposure for the event and Perth.


    "As well as a substantial television audience, we are expecting more than 32,000 people to attend the series over the four race meets," Mr Holt said.


    "More than 3,000 interstate and international trainers, horse owners and trotting fans are expected to visit Perth and Bunbury during the two-week series, tipping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy."


    The first Inter Dominion was held in Perth in 1936 and was last hosted by Gloucester Park in 2012.


    The Minister said the timing coincided with Perth's busy late spring and summer thoroughbred carnival period - including the Group 1 Winterbottom and Railway Stakes - making WA the epicentre of Australian racing and pacing for more than a month. 


    "This will give both interstate and international racing fans a further reason to visit WA during this time to enjoy the racing and entertainment offered by both codes," he said.


    Gloucester Park Harness Racing and Racing and Wagering WA officials recently visited the United States and New Zealand to promote the Inter Dominion series and were encouraged by the increased desire for international involvement.


    "We're anticipating up to 15 interstate and international horses to participate in the 2015 Inter Dominion series," Mr Holt said.


    Fact File

    • Heats at Gloucester Park will be held on Friday, November 27 and December 4
    • The Bunbury heat will be held on Tuesday, December 1
    • The Inter Dominion Championship is the most prestigious harness pacing race series in Australasia and is one of the seven major events internationally

    Minister's office  - 6552 6100