New race for coun­try tal­ent

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

THE start of the new rac­ing sea­son on Au­gust 1 co­in­cided with the an­nounce­ment of sig­nif­i­cant changes to Syd­ney and NSW rac­ing, namely the in­tro­duc­tion of nine-race Syd­ney Satur­day pro­grams, an in­crease in the min­i­mum top­weights and changes to rac­ing’s whip rules.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant is the ad­di­tion of an ex­tra race on Syd­ney’s premier Satur­day race meet­ings.

From De­cem­ber 1, Rac­ing NSW will in­tro­duce a ninth race to metropoli­tan Satur­day race pro­grams that will be re­stricted to coun­try­trained horses. These races, called the High­way Hand­i­cap and car­ry­ing $40,000 prize­money, will pro­vide an en­try-level op­por­tu­nity for bush gal­lop­ers to race in Syd­ney for big­ger stakes.

“The High­way races will pro­vide coun­try train­ers the en­cour­age­ment to tackle city rac­ing and give coun­try own­ers the added thrill of hav­ing their horse race in Syd­ney on a Satur­day,” Rac­ing NSW chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter V’landys said.

“This rep­re­sents an im­por­tant fur­ther step by Rac­ing NSW to build the vi­brancy of rac­ing in this state by fea­tur­ing our cru­cial coun­try sec­tor.’’

New whip rules from Rac­ing Aus­tralia in­clude re­mov­ing the dis­tinc­tion be­tween fore­hand and back­hand whip strikes, mean­ing jock­eys will be lim­ited to us­ing the whip five times be­fore the fi­nal 100m of a race, and stronger penal­ties for breaches of whip rules. They take ef­fect on De­cem­ber 1. FOL­LOW WATERHOUSE THE first stakes races of the new sea­son will be run at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day, with the Group 2 $175,000 Mis­sile Stakes (1200m) and the Listed $100,000 The Rose­bud (1200m).

My tip is to fol­low the Gai Waterhouse sta­ble as her run­ners are in­vari­ably hard to beat on their home track.

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