Group 3 races get prize rise
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