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Hawkesbury To Host Heat Two of Provincial Championships
Hawkesbury Race Club kicks off a busy autumn on Thursday, 2 March with heat two of the Provincial Championships, reports Racing NSW. Fifteen of the best horses trained at provincial tracks across New South Wales or in the Australian Capital Territory will compete in the $150,000 feature which headlines an eight-race program. The first three placegetters in each of the five heats earn a place in the $400,000 final at Royal Randwick on 8 April. "Trainers have already expressed their intentions to run in our heat to try and qualify for the final," Hawkesbury Race Club CEO, Greg Rudolph said. "With the incentive of $50,000 more prize money than last year and ACT-trained horses now eligible, we will again attract a very competitive field." Rudolph added: "Our heat is more than a month before the final at Randwick, so there is incentive to qualify early." Last year's Provincial Championships final winner was the Kris Lees-trained Danish Twist. Wyong (23 February), Gosford (15 March), Kembla Grange (23 March), and Newcastle (29 March) are also hosting Provincial Championships heats.