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Record Funding For WA Racing

Thursday, 1st May 2014

The Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Board has approved a record funding allocation of $126.1million for the racing season commencing 1 August 2014. This represents an increase of $6.5million. "With the 2014/15 funding announcement, our industry participants are the major beneficiaries with over 90% of total distribution going into stakes, breeding bonuses and industry subsidies across greyhounds, harness and thoroughbreds," said RWWA CEO Richard Burt. The thoroughbred racing industry will be subject to a $1.7 million increase towards metropolitan races and a $2.1 million increase in provincial and country racing. Prize-money for the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes, Western Australia's premier sprint, will rise to $750,000 while minimum prize-money for all Gr3 races will be boosted to $150,000 from 1 August 2014, representing an increase of $25,000 per race. The Gr3 A J Scahill Stakes run on Kingston Town Stakes day will increase to $200,000 to provide a stronger option for sprinters two-weeks after Super Saturday. The feature race programme will be further strengthened by the introduction of three new races including a fillies and mares sprint event in the autumn and a 3200m feature event at Ascot following the Bunbury & Pinjarra Cups.

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