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World's Biggest Sprint Winner's Cheque At Flemington
Meanwhile the Victoria Racing Club announced it has joined with Patinack Farm to offer a "potential winner's cheque of $1.2 million - the biggest winner's payout for any sprint race in the world - as a major incentive for the connections of winners of Global Sprint Challenge races conducted overseas to travel their horses to Flemington in November to compete against Australia's best sprinters". The 2011 Gr1 weight-for-age Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on Saturday 5 November (& subsequent 2012 & 2013 renewals) will see prize-money increase from $750,000 to $1 million with a 1st prize guaranteed at $600,000. In addition, a winner's bonus of $600,000 will be available (making for a potential winner's cheque of $1.2 million) to a winner having already won a Global Sprint Challenge race outside Australia since 1 October 2010. Bonus eligible horses to date are South African-trained J.J. The Jet Plane (winner of the 2010 Gr1 HK International Sprint), Hong Kong-trained Ultra Fantasy (winner of Japan's 2010 Gr1 Sprinters Stakes) & Japanese-trained Kinshasa No Kiseki (winner of Japan's 2011 Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen). Upcoming GSC races in 2011 are: this weekend's Singapore's Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint; UK Gr1 King's Stand Stakes on 14 June; UK Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes on 18 June; & UK Gr1 July Cup on 8 July. VRC chief executive Dale Monteith commented: "The Club has for some time been exploring the development of other races in the Melbourne Cup Carnival to attract international participation. The Patinack Farm Classic offers such an opportunity & we believe the announcement will incentivise the connections of the world's best sprinters to hopefully take on Black Caviar & Australia's best sprinters. The increased internationalization of the Melbourne Cup Carnival will bring significant benefits to the Victorian Racing Industry."