CHAMPIONS RACE DAY

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CHAMPIONS RACE DAY

Ash Wednesday race day to honour the best of 2019, increase in purse money of $1.42 m

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Ash Wednesday, February 26, has been designated as the day to honour the champion performers of 2019 by the promoting company.

One race on the day's offering for four-year-olds and upwards (non-winners of three) and imported four-year-olds (non-winners of two) is to be named after the 2019 Horse of the Year, She's A Maneater.

Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), the promoter, says $1.42 million has been added to the total purse on the day on which 10 races have been provisionally offered.

Seven of the 10 races will have increases of $100,000 each, and in each of these races the extra amount goes to the winner only.

The feature is an Overnight Allowance contest for the Ash Wednesday Trophy, which carries a regular purse of $1 million, plus an additional sum of $200,000. This additional sum is to be distributed among the first six past the winning post.

The She's A Maneater trophy event usually comes with a purse of $650,000 and has been boosted in honour of the 2019 Horse of the Year by $350,000, which will be distributed among the first six horses in the event.

Ironically, the Ash Wednesday race meeting is the only Wednesday during 2020 when there is a planned race programme.

“Now that the voting for the various champions of 2019 has been completed, SVREL decided to honour the champions — and we will do so on Ash Wednesday.

“We have added a bit of spice to this celebration by

increasing adding just over $1.4 million to the overall purse on Champions Day,” a spokesperson shared with this publication.


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