Racing Victoria announces huge prizemoney boost for Melbourne Spring Carnival

In order to keep up with NSW Racing, Racing Victoria has announced huge prizemoney increases for the Carnival
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Racing Victoria has announced some serious prizemoney increases for the Melbourne Spring Carnival

Racing Victoria announces historical prizemoney injection


In order to keep up with the growing prizemoney in New South Wales, Racing Victoria has announced some historical prizemoney injections to the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Races to receive a significant boost include the $2 million Cantala Stakes (1600m), $2 million VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and the $1 million Thousand Guineas (1600m), which have had their prizemoney doubled. 

The Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) have received an extra $500,000 in prizemoney to carry a purse of $1.5 million and $1 million.

The Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for three-year-olds on Derby Day has risen from $200,000 to $500,000 and the Bart Cummings (2500m) on October 5 has gone from $300,000 to $500,000.

The Melbourne Cup will now carry a prize pool of $8 million. 

RV also announced five new bonuses totalling $4 million which they hope will keep horses campaigning in Victoria throughout the spring.

Bonus 1 – Any horse that has won or wins the following Victorian feature races in 2019 and the 2019 Ladbrokes Cox Plate will be eligible for a $1 million bonus: The All-Star Mile, Australian Guineas, TAB Australian Cup, Alister Clark Stakes, Memsie Stakes, PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes, Feehan Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas or Caulfield Stakes.

Bonus 2 – Any three-year-old that completes the following will be eligible for a $1 million bonus:
Competes in either the Stutt Stakes (1600m, The Valley, 27 September) or Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m, 29 September) or Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m, 29 September); and
Competes in either the Caulfield Guineas (1600m, 12 October) or Thousand Guineas (1600m, 12 October); and
Wins the 2019 Ladbrokes Cox Plate.

Bonus 3 – Any three-year-old that completes the following will be eligible for a $1 million bonus:
Competes in either the Stutt Stakes (1600m, The Valley, 27 September) or Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m, 29 September) or Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m, 29 September); and
Competes in either the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m, 12 October) or Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m, 12 October); and
Wins the $500,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m, Flemington, 2 November).

Bonus 4 – Any three-year-old that places first, second or third in the $500,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m, Caulfield, 16 October) and wins the $1.5 million Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 2 November 2019 will be eligible for a $500,000 bonus.

Bonus 5 – Any horse that places in the Toorak Handicap (1600m, Caulfield, 12 October) or Crystal Mile (1600m, The Valley, 26 October) and wins the $2 million Group 1 Kennedy Cantala at Flemington on 2 November, 2019 will be eligible for a $500,000 bonus.

Racing Victoria's chief executive officer Giles Thompson said more than $100 million was now on offer throughout the spring. 

“With more than $100 million in prizemoney and bonuses on offer across metropolitan and country Victoria, this year’s Spring Racing Carnival offers a great opportunity for a broad range of owners, trainers and jockeys to share in the spoils," Mr Thompson said. 

“The Lexus Melbourne Cup, Stella Artois Caulfield Cup and Ladbrokes Cox Plate have shaped the history of Australian racing and will do so again this year, while the stallion-making Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas and Coolmore Stud Stakes will crown our next superstars."

The Cranbourne, Geelong and Bendigo Cups all now worth $400,000, up $50,000, while the Ballarat Cup will be worth $500,000 (up $150,000) and reduced in distance from 2200m to 2000m. 

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