Port Macquarie Country Championships Race Date Announced

Port Macquarie Country Championships Race Date Announced

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced the inaugural Country Championships Final 2015 Port Macquarie qualifying race, will be held on Tuesday 17th March.

Leslie Williams welcomed the announcement as a key attraction for the local region and encouraged the community to support the race.

“The Port Macquarie Race Club will host a $100,000 race for horses trained in the region with the winner and second place to have the chance to run in the final race at Royal Randwick on the first day of The Championships 2015,” Mrs Williams said.

“This is a great initiative by Racing NSW in partnership with the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government and provides an incredible opportunity to showcase the incredible talent of our Mid North Coast trained horses to a wider audience in Sydney.

“Hopefully the luck of the Irish will rub off on local punters who attend the big race which falls on Saint Patrick’s Day next year.

“I’m thrilled the Port Macquarie Race Club has been selected by Racing NSW as one of seven tracks to host a regional qualifying race and I look forward to the community getting behind this exciting initiative and enjoying the race on 17th March,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Racing Troy Grant said The Country Championships will be a terrific opportunity for country trained horses to have the chance to race for $300,000 in the final at the world renowned Royal Randwick Racecourse.
“Country racing is a vital part of the racing industry and The Country Championships is a huge boost for the local economy and wider community,” Mr Grant said.

“This is a terrific opportunity for country horse owners and trainers to show their talent in front of a huge crowd at the state’s most prestigious racing event, The Championships 2015.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is focused on the long term viability of racing in NSW and having country horses race for significant prize money and a place at Royal Randwick highlights the important contribution of country racing,” Mr Grant said.

In addition to the Port Macquarie race, regional qualifying races will also be held at other locations around the state with each race offering $100,000 prize money and the final race at Royal Randwick carrying $300,000 prize money.
First and second place from each race will compete in The Country Championships Final with third and fourth being the reserve.

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