Prizes to in­crease from Oc­to­ber

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

RAC­ING NSW chair­man John Mes­sara de­clared it a “wa­ter­shed day” for NSW rac­ing when he an­nounced min­i­mum Syd­ney Saturday prize­money will in­crease to a record $100,000 per race from Oc­to­ber 1.

“This in­crease head­lines sev­eral prize­money ini­tia­tives to­talling al­most $53 mil­lion an­nu­ally which has been an­nounced this year,” Mr Mes­sara said.

HORSE WELFARE FUND

PETER V’landys, Rac­ing NSW’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, used the prize­money an­nounce­ment to re­lease de­tails of the es­tab­lish­ment of a Horse Welfare Fund to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate care for all thor­ough­breds once their race ca­reers ended.

The ini­tia­tive will be pre­dom­i­nantly funded by a de­duc­tion of 1 per cent of all prize­money paid in NSW.

ALL EYES ON WINX

CHAM­PION mare Winx is look­ing to ex­tend her win­ning streak when she re­turns to the track at Royal Rand­wick on Saturday.

Winx will be chas­ing her 11th suc­ces­sive win in the Group 1 $500,000 Ge­orge Main Stakes (1600m).

Syd­ney’s mighty mare looked bet­ter than ever when she romped away from Hart­nell to win the War­wick Stakes a month ago.

But Winx then missed a sched­uled race start in the Chelms­ford Stakes two weeks ago as trainer Chris Waller did not want to risk her se­cond-up on a very heavy track.

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