Issued:Tuesday 2 September 2014 [PDF,166kb]
Minster for Racing Troy Grant today announced a further enhancement to The Championships 2015, Australia’s Grand Finals of Thoroughbred Racing.
Mr Grant said NSW provincial racing will now form an integral part of The Championships 2015 with a feature race series carrying a total of $800,000 in prize money and culminating in The Provincial Championships Final.
"The Provincial Championships Final will run over 1400m at Royal Randwick on 11 April 2015 carrying $300,000 in prize money," Mr Grant said.
"Each of the five provincial race clubs will conduct a qualifying race worth $100,000 in prize money.
"The Grand Final for provincial racing will be held on the second day of The Championships alongside some of the prestigious races in the world
," Mr Grant said.
The fields for the provincial series will be drawn exclusively from horses trained in the provincial area.
The Provincial Championships Final will comprise of first, second and third horses from the five races in the qualifying series with fourth placegetters being emergencies.
Horses will be able to contest multiple races in the series if they have not previously qualified for the Final in an earlier race.
The Provincial Championships Series will be run as follows:
"This race series and Final at Royal Randwick during The Championships will bring all provincial racecourses into the excitement of the Autumn Carnival," Mr Grant said.
Racing NSW Chief Executive Mr Peter V’landys AM, welcomed the Minister’s announcement.
"This announcement follows on from The Country Championships and ensures that the entire NSW thoroughbred racing industry is part of the grand final fever of The Championships
," Mr V’landys said.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said the Club would be proud to host the very best of racing from across NSW on one of its premier race days in autumn as part of The Championships.
"The ATC’s autumn carnival is the pinnacle of Sydney racing, and we are very pleased to be able to add to our program a race that showcases the great strength of horses, trainers and jockeys racing from across all of NSW,’’ Mr Pearce said.
"This race will bring another dimension to one of the great racing days of the year and allow all participants and owners in NSW racing a chance to share the stage with the best that Australia and the rest of the world have to offer.’’
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