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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Thursday, June 29 2017

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has announced stakes increases of more than $2 million for Feature and Premier 2 meetings next season.

Minimum stakes for non-maiden races at all Feature meetings will rise to $22,500 as part of a $6.5 million funding boost from the New Zealand Racing Board for each of the next two seasons. Open handicaps will have a minimum stake of $35,000 and Rating 85 races will rise to $30,000.

The minimum stake for three-year-old races at Feature and Premier 2 meetings will rise to $25,000 and the minimum for Rating 75 races at Feature meetings will go to $25,000.
Rating 65, special condition and two-year-old races at Feature and Premier 2 meetings will be run for $22,500.

There will also be a lift in funding for the New Zealand 2000 Guineas and the New Zealand Oaks and increased funding support for the Karaka Million and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic, both will be run for $1 million.

In addition, each of the 17 heats in the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship will increase by $5000 with the final to have a stake of $100,000.

The stake for Pearl Series races at Feature meetings will rise by $2500 and the minimum stake for Rating 75 races at Industry meetings and Tier 2 Feature meetings will be $11,000.

Posted by: NZTR AT 03:24 am   |  Permalink   |  Email