Welcome to the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion 2015
The Inter Dominion is harness racing's premier event. It has been contested since 1936 rotating around cities in Australia and New Zealand. The series is being conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle for three consecutive years – 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The championship starts on Saturday 14 February with Inter Dominion Qualifying Heats throughout Australasia during a 90 minute window.
The carnival returns to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 21 February for the Allied Express Pink Bonnet and Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial along with a host of qualifying heats for the Group 1 races on Inter Dominion Grand Final day.
The TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon 1st March. The 10 race program will feature seven Group 1 races including the Form 700 Chariots of Fire and NSW Oaks, the Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile, the Camarda & Cantrill NSW Derby, the Bohemia Crystal FFA and the Chambers Challenge Trotting event.
2014 Inter Dominion Sydney a huge success
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Racing, George Souris, has congratulated the connections of Beautide the winner of the 2014 Inter Dominion final, which is the pinnacle of harness racing in the southern hemisphere.
“It was a terrific win for James Rattray trains the winner and drove it to perfection.
“It was also a major training and driving double with the Tasmanian Beautide being the first horse in 12 years to win the Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion double.
I was pleased to join Member for Campbelltown, Bryan Doyle, in presenting the winner’s trophy to the Rattray family.
The Inter Dominion Championship Sydney has again attracted thousands of punters to Western Sydney, is a testament to the organisers and participants and I must also congratulate the organisers of the 2014 Inter Dominion carnival, which featured an action-packed program of harness racing events and which is the second of three annual Inter Dominion finals to be staged at Sydney’s Tabcorp Park, Menangle,” Mr Souris said.
The ten race TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final day featured seven Group One races including the Form 700 Chariots of Fire and NSW Oaks, the Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile, the Camarda & Cantrill NSW Derby, the Bohemia FFA and the Chambers Challenge Trotting event, in addition to the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final, Glenferrie Farm Challenge and Allied Express Carnival Stakes.
“The NSW Government is pleased to support the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion, having secured the event for NSW through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, for three consecutive seasons,” Mr Souris said.
“The partnership between the NSW Government, the NSW Harness Racing Club, Harness Racing NSW and the TAB has ensured the Inter Dominion is firmly placed on the Sydney and NSW Events Calendar.
“Once again, this event has been a great success, with SKY Channel and Channel Nine’s free to air broadcast coverage generating significant national exposure of the Inter Dominion that will attract fresh interest from the public not normally involved in harness racing.”
“Increased exposure provides the Inter Dominion organisers the perfect opportunity to again showcase the magnificent harness racing complex at Tabcorp Park Menangle. This venue is considered by many to be a world-class harness racing facility with a track that ranks among the best available anywhere in the world.”
Harness Racing NSW CEO, Sam Nati, said: “The three-year commitment by the NSW Government to make Sydney the new home of the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion has been a huge boost for the harness racing industry in this state.
“Not only do we get to showcase the sport’s premier event, but we have used it as the cornerstone to create Australasia’s premier race meeting with seven Group 1 events and more than $2 million in prize money.”
NSW Harness Racing Club CEO, John Dumesny, said: "The commitment of the State Government and the willingness of Tabcorp to support the industry here in NSW ensured our successful bid for the Inter Dominion Championship. This ultimately assists our Club and Harness Racing NSW to establish the finest harness racing precinct in Australasia.”
2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final
2013 Inter Dominion Carnival a winner for NSW
HRNSW Chairman Graeme Campbell presenting the ID13 silks to Minister George Souris
The 2013 Inter Dominion Carnival injected more than $10 million into the NSW economy, according to an independent report commissioned by Harness Racing Australia, announced the Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Racing, George Souris.
The report showed that the 2013 Inter Dominion also attracted over 10,000 visitor nights from intrastate, interstate and overseas visitors. The event also created 91 full time equivalent jobs.
“The economic data from the 2013 race vindicates the Government’s decision to invest in the Inter Dominion until 2015. The event has already brought major benefits to the NSW economy. The racing industry is a leading employer in NSW and this is just another way we are supporting this sector.” Mr Souris said.
“I am also pleased to launch the new Inter Dominion website as we begin the lead-up to the 2014 race. Tickets will go on sale soon, and I encourage all racing fans to get to Tabcorp Park Menangle for the Grand Final on Sunday 2 March to be a part of this great event.”
NSWHRC Chairman Rex Horne with Minister George Souris
Member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell, said: “What is most exciting about the next two years of the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle is that the state of the art reconstruction of the venue will be completed. This includes a $28 million grandstand which is truly a showpiece for the area and for the harness racing industry, and promises to make the event even more of a spectacle.”
Inter Dominion Event Committee Chairman, Gary Allen, was full of praise. "The outstanding results highlighted in the economic impact report were matched by the oncourse excitement, experience and promotion of the event, confirming the value in the strategic decision to find a home for the event which in turn builds investment and partnership benefits for the industry, State and local area.
"Rather than the Inter Dominion now moving on to a new destination, we return to Sydney in 2014 and 2015, confident of building on this success."
Harness Racing NSW Chairman, Graeme Campbell, said: “We are very proud of what we achieved in the first year of the Inter Dominion tender and I’m confident that we can build upon that in 2014 and 2015. It goes without saying that the support from Government and Destination NSW has taken the event to a new level.”
George Souris M.P.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing
Minister for the Arts