Spring carnival gets $2m boost
THE Australian Turf Club has provided a $2 million feature race prizemoney boost to revitalise Sydney’s spring racing carnival.
This includes doubling the stakes for Sydney’s biggest spring race, The Star Epsom Hcp to $1 million.
All of Sydney’s other Group 1 spring races have received a prizemoney boost, with the exception of the Golden Rose, already worth $1 million and restricted to three-year-olds.
The Metropolitan is worth $750,000 (up $350,000), while the Flight Stakes, Spring Champion Stakes and George Main Stakes are all up at least $100,000 to $500,000.
For more than 20 years, stakes for Sydney’s Group 1 races during spring has stagnated and, in some cases, declined.
Last year’s Epsom won by He’s Your Man was worth the same amount as when Navy Seal won in 1994.
The ATC also cut training fees at its racecourses by 10 per cent from August 1. SEASON NEARS END THE 2014-15 racing season comes to a close with the final two metropolitan race meetings at Canterbury on Saturday, July 25, then again next Wednesday, July 29.
NSW country racing’s winter carnival of feature meetings swings to Coffs Harbour on Sunday, July 26 with the running of the $20,000 Sawtell Cup, an important lead-up race to the $85,000 Coffs Harbour Cup at that track on August 6. FOLLOW MCDONALD MY TIP for this weekend is to follow Godolphin jockey James McDonald at Canterbury.
McDonald returned home early from his English summer working holiday in a bid to defend his Sydney jockeys premiership battle against rivals Blake Shinn and Hugh Bowman.