Group 3 races get prize rise

The West Australian - - RACING - JAY ROONEY

Nine races will be run at met­ro­pol­i­tan Satur­day meet­ings and prize money for midweek city and in­ner pro­vin­cial meet­ings in WA will be boosted from Au­gust 1.

Rac­ing and Wager­ing WA an­nounced a num­ber of changes yes­ter­day to thor­ough­bred rac­ing for the 2019-20 sea­son as part of its $168.4 mil­lion dis­tri­bu­tion to the three codes.

The Roma Cup (1200m), Bel­mont Sprint (1400m), Hype­r­ion Stakes (1600m) and Strick­land Stakes (2000m) will be run for $200,000 af­ter stakes for the Group 3 fea­tures were lifted by $50,000.

Prize money for the Group 2 Ted van Heemst Stakes (2100m) has been cut to $250,000 from $400,000 and the Group 3 AJ Sc­ahill Stakes (1400m) re­duced to $200,000.

Seven races will be sched­uled for met­ro­pol­i­tan and in­ner pro­vin­cial midweek meet­ings, which will al­low for an ad­di­tional race to be sched­uled on Satur­days.

“A $30,000 race for West­speed Plat­inum horses will be added to ev­ery Satur­day meet­ing,” RWWA man­ager of com­mer­cial rac­ing and planning David Hunter said. “It should be pop­u­lar with breed­ers and own­ers.”

Maidens and hand­i­caps run at midweek city meet­ings will be run for $20,000 and $25,000 re­spec­tively.

The purses for two-yearold, three-year-old and no metro wins in the last year races have been boosted to $30,000. Jock­eys’ race and trial rid­ing fees will also be in­creased.

RWWA has also made a pro­vi­sion in its stakes bud­get for a ded­i­cated race day for West­speed and West­speed Plat­inum horses.

“It is only a con­cept at the mo­ment. We will con­sult with the breed­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion and pos­si­bly look at it for the next cal­en­dar year,” Hunter said.

RWWA has in­creased club fund­ing and prize money for grey­hounds to in­tro­duce seven-day-aweek rac­ing for the code.

Har­ness rac­ing was the big loser of the dis­tri­bu­tion, re­ceiv­ing just six per cent of the $10.6 mil­lion in­crease in fund­ing.

Trainer Adam Dur­rant has a fea­ture race in mind for Come Play With Me if he com­pletes a win­ning hat-trick at Bel­mont Park on Satur­day.

“He’ll run on Satur­day and then go to the Strick­land Stakes two weeks later,” Dur­rant said.

... $30,000 race for West­speed Plat­inum horses will be added to ev­ery Satur­day ... David Hunter

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