The Kosciuszko To Be Run With Everest Day At Royal Randwick On 13 October 2018

The Kosciuszko To Be Run With Everest Day At Royal Randwick On 13 October 2018

New South Wales Minister for Racing Paul Toole

The Kosciuszko To Showcase Regional Racing

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales regional thoroughbred industry will get a major boost with a new $1.3 Million race for country-trained horses and increased prize money, Minister for Racing Paul Toole said today.

The Kosciuszko, which will run on Everest Day at Royal Randwick on 13 October, is set to become the world’s richest country race with $1.3 Million prizemoney.

“Race is a great way to showcase New South Wales country-trained horses, giving them the chance to compete at Australia’s biggest day of racing.” Minister Toole said.

“I congratulate Racing New South Wales on this exciting new initiative to support regional New South Wales racing, which plays such a vital role in cities and towns across the state.”

From September, prizemoney across all thoroughbred races will increase by almost $24 Million annually.

“Additional prizemoney will further support regional and country racing and help boost participation across the entire New South Wales industry.” Minister Toole said.

“These increases will take the New South Wales industry’s total annual prizemoney to almost $250 Million, the highest of any state in Australia.”

“With the recent success of The Everest and The Championships, the New South Wales racing industry continues to go from strength to strength.”

Minister Toole said the New South Wales Government strongly supports the racing industry’s role in creating jobs and driving economic growth and tourism, particularly in regional areas.

Under the Government’s new Back to the Track Regional Racing Grants program, regional racing clubs across the 3 codes can apply for a share in $400,000 for projects that build stronger links with their communities.

“This is a great opportunity for clubs to come up with creative ideas to build new markets or help people gain a start in the industry through education and training.” Minister Toole said.