Country showcase status set to boost prizemoney for Wagga Gold Cup carnival

CUP BOOST: Rachel King returns on the Gai Waterhouse-trained Stampede after winning this year's Wagga Gold Cup.
CUP BOOST: Rachel King returns on the Gai Waterhouse-trained Stampede after winning this year's Wagga Gold Cup.

PRIZEMONEY for the two big days of the Wagga Gold Cup carnival will increase by $75,000 next year.

Racing NSW have given ‘country showcase’ status to the Wagga Town Plate and Wagga Gold Cup race meetings.

It means that each race over the two big days will be worth a minimum of $30,000 for the first time, an increase of $75,000 in total.

They are two of four country showcase meetings awarded to Murrumbidgee Turf Club this season.

MTC chief executive Scott Sanbrook said the country showcase status will only help add extra quality to the Gold Cup carnival.

“With the country showcases proving a terrific concept, racing in the SDRA will benefit greatly from Wagga having four of these features throughout the year,” Sanbrook said.

“And prizemoney for 11 of the 16 races over the Wagga Cup Carnival will receive a boost with the showcase status … that’s a great result.

“Having $30,000 minimum prizemoney is the perfect complement to the big money races already on offer.”

MTC have also been awarded country showcase status for the Country Championship qualifier race meeting on Sunday, March 4, and the Stan Sadleir Stakes meeting on Friday, November 3.

Racing NSW have again given country showcase status to Gundagai’s Snake Gully Cup meeting on Friday, November 17, and Albury Gold Cup day on March 23.

This comes just weeks after Racing NSW announced a $200,000 Anniversary Highway Handicap for October.