Racing g bites
FIVE feature NSW country races have been boosted to $150,000 and 45 meetings will carry showcase status in 2017-18.
Racing NSW this week announced the Port Macquarie Cup (October 6), Goulburn Cup (November 26), Wellington Boot (April 8), Tamworth (April 29) and Wagga Town Plate (May 3) will carry the increased prizemoney.
“These are well-established country feature races,” Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys said.
“The increase will provide impetus for the clubs to further develop these race meetings and build their recognition not only within racing, but to their local community.”
One horse race
THERE might be 141 nominations for the Cox Plate but Winx is continuing to stifle betting on the Moonee Valley classic.
The mighty mare is a $1.40 chance to emulate Kingston Town’s threepeat from the early 80s and the market tells you, even this far out, there’s not a hint of a danger.
On the second line of betting are previous placegetters Hartnell and Highland Reel along with Australian Cup winner Humidor at $26.
Cox Plate noms P20
I’VE been fortunate enough to witness some fantastic racing moments thanks to finding a dream job at the Daily Telegraph and Sportsman back in 2000.
As most would understand, when something is in your blood you have an opportunity to work the field you love you’re very lucky.
After almost 17 years, the last 10 or so on Sportsman full-time, it’s time for a new challenge at Racing NSW so this edition is my finale.
Thanks to everyone who called, wrote or emailed over the years asking for information, advice a tip and hopefully I’ve steered you in the right direction more often than not.
It’s been a privilege to work for a racing paper with the history that Sportsman has. Cheers.