The Hawkesbury Race Club announced today major increases for two of their feature races on the Club’s stand-alone Saturday meeting at the end of the Sydney Autumn Carnival next April.
Chief Executive Brian Fletcher said the board of directors have verified a $50,000 increase for the Group 3 Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), lifting its prizemoney to $200,000.
And the Group 3 Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) for the three year olds was afforded the same increase and will also carry a purse of $200,000.
The other Group 3 race on the program for the April 30 meeting is the Group 3 Darley Crown (1300m) for the fillies and the mares which will remain at $150,000.
“Undoubtedly, the additional prizemoney will ensure trainers focus even more on these races at the end of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and before heading to the Scone carnival a fortnight later and then the Brisbane winter carnival,” Fletcher said.
“They have proven in the past that they attract good horses, and we’re expecting top-class fields for both next year.”
As well as the Hawkesbury Gold Cup meeting always attracting high quality horses from the Sydney Metropolitan area, New South Wales country and from interstate, it has also been a great launching pad for future top liners.
In recent times multiple Group 1 winner Chautauqua claimed his first Group race success with his victory in the 2014 Hawkesbury Guineas and has since won the 2015 Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and then in the Spring went on to claim his second Group 1 victory when he beat Srikandi in the $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 23.
Team Hawkes, who prepare the brilliant Chautauqua, also had success at the 2014 meeting with Leebaz winning the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.
Leebaz then went on to run second to Streama in the Group 1 $500,000 Titan Energy Services Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and then returned to Queensland this year to take out the Group 2 $358,000 Sky Thoroughbred Central A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast in April.
The 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup meeting was also an important point in the staying career of the Chris Waller trained Grand Marshall who won $100,000 Provincial Stayers Final over 2100m.
The English import then worked his way up through the grades to take out the 2015 Group 1 $1.6m Schweppes 150th Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on the second day of ‘The Championships’.
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