Drink Schooners, Heat 1 winner at Ladbrokes The Gardens Million Dollar Chase. Picture: ‘Track Photographers’ E: doggypix@bigpond.com

The first two heats of the Million Dollar Chase, Australia’s richest greyhound race, were staged at Ladbrokes The Gardens (Newcastle) on Friday evening.

In Heat 1, Drink Schooner’s (Box 1), trained by Michelle Sultana, went onto the track at the starting odds of $1.70 and ran up to that support by scorching home 6 lengths in front of Elusive Wave and True Talent in the good time of 29.45 seconds.

“Drink Schooners” with Trainer Michelle Sultana. Picture: ‘Track Photographers’ E: doggypix@bigpond.com

Heat 2 was won in the blistering time of 29.33 seconds by Aston Duke which started even shorter at $1.20. Trainer Seona Thompson was ecstatic at the win by her charge by a comprehensive 71/2 lengths from My Gal Penny and Cohen’s Dream.

Million Dollar Chase Heat 2 winner at Ladbrokes The Gardens, Aston Duke. Picture: ‘Track Photographers’ E: doggypix@bigpond.com

The Gardens final of the Million Dollar Chase, worth $5,000 to the winner, and a crack at the big time at Wentworth Park, will be staged at Tuesday’s twilight meeting.

Proud handler, Bruce Sharpe with Heat 2 winner of The Gardens Million Dollar Chase, Aston Duke. Picture: ‘Track Photographers’ E: doggypix@bigpond.com