Stakes racing is back again
STAKES racing returns to Royal Randwick next Saturday, marking the start of three months of feature racing in Sydney.
The Listed $150,000 Carrington Stakes run over 1400m is the first stakes race in Sydney since New Year’s Day and it starts 13 consecutive Saturdays of Group and Listed racing.
During this period there are 16 Group 1 races, the first of which is the $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on February 27. This marks the unofficial start of the Sydney autumn carnival with Group 1 racing each Saturday in Sydney until April 16.
PRIZEMONEY UP RACING NSW chief executive Peter V’landys has confirmed minimum race prizemoney for provincial and country racing will increase from July 1.
Provincial races will go from $22,000 to $27,000 a race and country races will be worth a minimum $20,000, up from $15,000.
Metropolitan prizemoney levels stay at $85,000 for now but Racing NSW has plans to increase city stakes to $100,000 a race.
NIGHT RACING CANTERBURY hosts a night race meeting on Friday with a seven-event program from 7pm.
There is only one more night meeting scheduled for this summer – February 12.
If you haven’t experienced horse racing under lights, get to Canterbury.
FOLLOW ADKINS MY TIP for this week is to follow in-form apprentice Andrew Adkins at Royal Randwick. The teenager is a talented rider and won’t have his 3kg claim for long.