Country races are more than just horses. And greyhounds. And camels. Country races are not just about the thrill of backing a winner on the racetrack, but the thrill of attending the ultimate social event. Where else is a country girl to meet a dashing young farmer? Troy Grant has answered the call, increasing prize money for country racing that should mean more success at the gate, and better odds in making new and lasting friendships.
Country races will attract more race goers now that Racing NSW has increased prize money for Country and Provincial Races. This means more people, more socialising, and a greater injection of funds into local communities.
As at 1 July 2016, 52 Country and Provincial TAB Racing Clubs across the state will offer a new minimum prizemoney amount. TAB country races can now offer a minimum of $20,000 per race, an increase of $15,000. TAB provincial races can offer prizemoney of $27,000, an increase of $22,000. These changes were made possible when the NSW Government recently passed legislation allowing a wagering tax parity with Victoria. Country Showcase meetings will offer a minimum of $30,000.
The industry will receive an extra $235 million over the next five years and an extra $90 million per year after that.