Harnessing Group 1 Prestige for the 2024 TABtouch Nullarbor

23 February 2024

Western Australia’s richest harness race, the $1.25 million TABtouch Nullarbor (2536m), has been elevated to Group 1 status. 

Racing WA Head of Harness Racing Cameron Brown today revealed runners contesting the second annual slot race at Gloucester Park on April 19 would be vying for ultimate glory following endorsement from the Harness Racing Australia Executive.  

“We’re proud to announce that The Nullarbor will be a Group 1 this year,” he said. 

“As a slot race which is open to all pacers, it is a unique and exciting race which is truly deserving of top-tier status.” 

Last September, Racing WA announced the prize money for the 2024 edition would increase from $1 million to $1.25 million. 

Betterzippit won the inaugural race, saluting for New South Wales-based trainer Jason Grimson. 

“The race references the Nullarbor because it connects the east coast of Australia’s best pacers to the best we have here in the west,” Cameron said.

“Being a Group 1 feature worth $1.25 million, WA harness racing is certainly set to take the nation’s racing spotlight when The Nullarbor is run and won at Gloucester Park on April 19. 

“With top-line pacers Spirit of St Louis, Magnificent Storm and Lavra Joe are already confirmed to start, I’m really excited to see how the rest of the field comes together.”  

The Nullarbor is part of the world’s first and only tri-code slot race series – the TABtouch Western Trilogy. 

The Western Trilogy is a bold and innovative racing event taking place from April 18 to April 20. 

The Sandgroper worth $600,000 in prize money will be run at Cannington on April 18, and the slot race series culminates with The Quokka, a $5 million event at Ascot on April 20.  


Related News

12 April 2024
Magic Merlin wins Kiwi hearts in a Race to remember
The new prince of pacing Merlin won three titles with one blistering sprint down the Cambridge straight in the $1million The Race by Grins. The South Auckland four-year-old pacer, a ball of muscle and energy perfectly honed by trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan and driven with a wizardry befitting...
12 April 2024
More Harry heroics as the Vics dominate at Cambridge
The little Aussie horse who has been all over the world Just Believe needed to produce a world class performance to win the $600,000 TAB Trot at Cambridge. The Victorian overcame the hardest run sitting parked to head home a Victorian domination of the locals, clawing his way past Callmethebreeze and...
12 April 2024
SA Trots - SA Country Cups Trotters Final
REMOVAL of the hot favourite has thrown tomorrow night's Final "wide open". Dominating the state's country cups in recent weeks, Regal Attire was an odds-on shot for the Port Pirie-based finale despite his 40-metre backmark. Regal Attire has won five of his six starts this season, including...
12 April 2024
Sanderson to head north for a State of Origin-style challenge
Still on a high after winning the Mildura Pacing Cup, Abby Sanderson is now preparing to represent Victoria in a harness racing challenge for concession drivers. The 18-year-old will join fellow Victorians George Chamouras, Tasmyn Potter, Harry O’Neill and Grace Bilney for two heats in Young tonight,...
12 April 2024
Cleave launches ownership website for buyers and sellers
Steve Cleave is hoping he can help grow the next generation of harness racing fans through a new website created to make getting involved in ownership quick and simple. The well-known trainer-driver has today launched Racehorse Ownership Opportunities, an online space for existing owners and syndicators...
Click for more