Significant prize-money boosts for key Victoria spring races
A raft of prize-money increases for the Victorian Spring Carnival
have been announced along with significant bonuses attached to feature races.
Star filly Mystic Journey (Needs Further) is the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) favourite and she
will be eligible for a $1 million bonus should she win the $5 million weight-for-age feature at The
Valley in October, courtesy of her wins in the Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) and All-Star
Mile (1600m) during the autumn.
Those two races are among 13 feature Victorian races this year in which the winner of
any of those is eligible for a $1 million bonus should they also win the Cox Plate.
The $13 million in increases announced on Thursday has come from contributions from
Racing Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club and the Victorian government.
Along with the recently announced upgrade of Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) prize-money
to $8 million, a host of other feature races during this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival at
Flemington have received significant increases. They include the VRC Sprint Classic (Gr 1,
1200m) and Cantala Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m), with both increasing from $1 million to $2 million,
while the Coolmore Stud Stakes (registered as Ascot Vale Stakes) (Gr 1, 1200m) – for three-year-olds – and Empire Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) – for fillies and mares – have received $500,000 increases.
An additional $8 million is being invested for key Victoria spring races
across 63 Group and Listed races throughout the spring in Victoria.
During the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) meeting, prize-money for the Thousand
Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) has been doubled to $1 million, while the Blue Sapphire Stakes (Gr 3,
1200m) has also been boosted from $350,000 to $500,000.
The A.J. Moir Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) at The
Valley has also received a boost and will now be
one of two $1 million Group 1 sprints run under
lights at the track during the spring.