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$1.2m Rise In Perth Prize-Money
In Perth, West Australian Turf Club chairman Ted Van Heemst announced minimum Saturday metropolitan prize-money will increase from $40,000 to $45,000 from October 21 (opening day of the revamped Ascot track) & minimum mid-week metropolitan prize-money will rise from $17,500 to $20,000. Among total prize-money increases of $1.2 million for the 2006-07 season: the Gr1 Fruit 'N' Veg Stakes will rise by $100,000 to $500,000; the Gr2 Winterbottom Stakes will rise by $75,000 to $250,000; all other Perth Gr2 races will offer a minimum $200,000; the Gr3 WA Oaks will rise by $50,000 to $250,000; both the Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes & Gr3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes will rise by $20,000 to $170,000; & both the Listed Northerly Stakes & Listed Crawford Stakes will rise by $50,000 to $100,000.