Racing Victoria has ramped up its spring bonus program with another $5m on the line for the winners of five feature events.
The winners of the Cox Plate, Victoria Derby, Empire Rose Stakes, Darley Champions Sprint and the Kennedy Champions Mile could earn another $1m should they also win one of the designated lead-up races.
The bonuses are designed to convince owners of spring contenders to compete exclusively in Melbourne throughout their build-ups towards the richest events of the carnival.
“We’re excited to unveil $5m in bonuses for the 2022 Victorian Spring Racing Carnival on top of the previously announced prizemoney increases to both country minimums and feature races across the state,” RV’s executive general manager of racing Greg Carpenter said.
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“We want to continue to compile the best fields possible for our racing showpiece and to deliver storylines throughout the carnival that excite and captivate.
The Cox Plate winner will earn the $1m bonus if that galloper can win one of five lead-up races, which include the Feehan Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes and Caulfield Guineas.
“The Moonee Valley Racing Club is celebrating the centenary of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate this year and the addition of a $1m bonus adds further incentive for horses to compete.
“There is a well-established pathway to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and the bonus will build further momentum through those spring features into the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.”
State of Rest defeats Anamoe in last year’s Cox Plate. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
The Geelong Classic’s status received a boost after the event was named as one of three lead-ups, along with the Neds Classic and Drummond Golf Vase, that would earn connections $1m bonus if their horse went on to win the Victoria Derby.
Racing Victoria announced the winners of 12 mares’ races throughout the year would be eligible for the $1m bonus in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on October 22.
The winners of the Queen of the Turf in Sydney, New Zealand’s Breeders Stakes and Brisbane’s Tatt’s Tiara are eligible to win the Empire Rose Stakes bonus despite the races being run outside Victoria.
Godolphin mare Colette won the $1m bonus last year when she won the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield before claiming the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington.
Racing Victoria has provided a $1m bonus for any sprinter good enough to win both the Manikato Stakes and Darley Champions Sprint.
Also, beaten Manikato Stakes runners could compete for the $1m bonus in the Champions Sprint if they won one of the McEwen, Moir, Gilgai or Schillaci Stakes earlier in the spring.
The winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Toorak Handicap or the Schweppes Crystal Mile would be eligible to chase the $1m bonus on offer in the Kennedy Champions Mile at Flemington.
BONUS 1 – COX PLATE
A $1m bonus will be paid to the winner of the $5m Group 1 Cox Plate (2000m, WFA) at The Valley on 22 October 2022 if they have won one of the following races in 2022:
■ Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) – The Valley, 3 September
■ Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) – Flemington, 10 September
■ Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) – Ladbrokes Park, 25 September
■ Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) – Flemington, 1 October
■ Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (3YO 1600m) – Caulfield, 8 October
■ Group 1 The Might and Power (2000m) – Caulfield, 8 October
BONUS 2 – VICTORIA DERBY
A $1m bonus will be paid to the winner of the $2m Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m, 3YO) at Flemington on 29 October 2022 if they have won one of the following races in 2022:
■ Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) – Caulfield, 15 October
■ Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) – Geelong, 19 October
■ Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) – The Valley, 22 October
BONUS 3 – EMPIRE ROSE
A $1m bonus will be paid to the winner of the $1m Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m, WFA Fillies & Mares) at Flemington on 29 October 2022 if they have won one of the following races for fillies and mares in 2022:
■ Group 1 Queen of the Turf (1600m) – Randwick, 9 April – won by Nimalee
■ Group 1 NZ Breeders Stakes (1600m) – Te Rapa, 16 April – won by Imperatriz
■ Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) – Eagle Farm, 25 June – won by Startantes
■ Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) – Flemington, 10 September
■ Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) – The Valley, 23 September
■ Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes (1400m) – Flemington, 1 October
■ Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (3YO 1600m) – Flemington, 1 October
■ Group 1 Thousand Guineas (3YO 1600m) – Caulfield, 12 October
■ Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) – Caulfield, 12 October
■ Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) – Caulfield, 15 October
■ Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (3YO 1600m) – The Valley, 22 October
■ Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) – The Valley, 22 October
BONUS 4 – VRC CHAMPIONS SPRINT
A $1m bonus will be paid to the winner of the $3m Group 1 VRC Champions Sprint (1200m, WFA) at Flemington on 5 November 2022 if they have:
■ Won the $2m Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m, WFA) at The Valley on 21 October 2022;
■ Competed in the $2m Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m, WFA) at The Valley on 21 October 2022 having previously won any of the following races in 2022:
■ Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) – The Valley, 3 September
■ Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) – The Valley, 23 September
■ Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) – Flemington, 1 October
■ Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) – Caulfield, 8 October
BONUS 5 – VRC CHAMPIONS MILE
A $1m bonus will be paid to the winner of the $3m Group 1 VRC Champions Mile (1600m WFA) at Flemington on 5 November 2022 if they have won one of the following races in 2022:
■ Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) – Caulfield, 17 September
■ Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) – Caulfield, 8 October
■ Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) – The Valley, 22 October
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