Herald Sun

March date for Kil­more Cup

- JASON BONNINGTON

THE fu­ture of stand­ing starts in Vic­to­rian har­ness rac­ing looks shakier than ever af­ter the news that the Kil­more Cup will be­come a 2700m mo­bile race next sea­son.

One of Vic­to­ria’s most fa­mous races, the Kil­more Cup has stag­nated in re­cent sea­sons as a re­sult of its Sun­day af­ter­noon Oc­to­ber times­lot when most top pac­ers are just be­gin­ning their cam­paigns.

It is hoped the switch to Satur­day night, March 19, and a $10,000 in­crease in prize­money to $70,000 will help the cup re­turn to its right­ful place among Aus­tralia’s most sought-af­ter tro­phies.

“We’re ex­cited to shift the cup pro­gram to a Satur­day night,” Kil­more Har­ness Rac­ing Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Mur­phy said.

“The Kil­more Cup is a good horse’s race and we were very keen to po­si­tion the race to en­cour­age the best to come and com­pete.

“It (March) is the show­case pe­riod for har­ness rac­ing in Vic­to­ria and the Kil­more Cup takes its right­ful place among the other races con­ducted in this strong pe­riod.”

The Kil­more Trot­ters Cup, con­ducted at the same meet­ing, will have its prize­money raised to $20,000 and will now be staged a week af­ter Great South­ern Star night at Mel­ton.

 ??  ?? Guar­an­teed wins this sea­son’s Kil­more Cup, the last as a stand­ing-start race.
Guar­an­teed wins this sea­son’s Kil­more Cup, the last as a stand­ing-start race.
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