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The Sportsman Weekend - - News - with Ray Hickson

Coun­try boost

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

Farewell

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.

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