Stakes rac­ing is back again

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

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.

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