29 June 2015 |Tom Biddington – @TomBiddington
The Ballarat, Bendigo and Cranbourne Cups will be each worth $300,000 this year as Racing Victoria tries to enhance the regional racing program for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival.
The increases, worth a quarter of a million dollars, bring the trio in line with the Geelong Cup as country features carrying purses of $300,000. The boosts have been facilitated by a combination of Racing Victoria and club funding to lift the profile of the events and incentivise future participation.
– Listed TAB Cranbourne Cup (2025m), 11 October (up from $200,000)
– Group 3 Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m), 28 October (up from $250,000)
– Listed Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup (2200m), 21 November (up from $200,000).
“To have prizemoney lifted to $300,000 for each of the Cranbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat Cups is a fantastic achievement for the respective clubs and is testament to the importance of these races to Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival,” RV racing operations manager Paul Bloodworth said.
“The increased prizemoney further strengthens and reinforces Victoria’s position as the premier state for staying races.
“It will assist in further growing these races and ensuring that they are supported by Australia’s premier trainers and jockeys, whilst remaining front of mind for international visitors also.