Regional NSW’s richest race is galloping closer, with the Kosciuszko draw held on Friday.

The Nationals in Government have continued to back the racing industry, prompting NSW Nationals MP and Racing Minister Paul Toole to announce the $1.3 million race reserved exclusively for country horses.

It’s a major boost for the thoroughbred racing industry, with The Kosciuszko to be run on Everest Day at Royal Randwick on October 13.

“The race is a great way to showcase NSW country-trained horses, giving them the chance to compete at Australia’s biggest day of racing,” Mr Toole said. “The additional prizemoney will further support regional and country racing and help boost participation across the entire NSW industry. These increases will take the NSW industry’s total annual prizemoney to almost $250 million, the highest of any state in Australia.”

Mr Toole said the Nationals in Government strongly supported the racing industry’s role in creating jobs and driving economic growth and tourism, particularly in regional areas. Under the Government’s new Back to the Track Regional Racing Grants program, regional racing clubs across the three codes can apply for a share in $400,000 for projects that build stronger links with their communities.

“This is a great opportunity for clubs to come up with creative ideas to build new markets or help people gain a start in the industry through education and training,” Mr Toole said.