Prizes to increase from October
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.