Record prizemoney raises stakes

Fat Al wins this year’s Albury Guineas.
Fat Al wins this year’s Albury Guineas.

ALBURY Racing Club has announced substantial prizemoney increases for two of the supporting races in its record- breaking carnival.

The two-day carnival starts on March 21 with the Listed $170,000 Albury Gold Cup (2000m) the next day and will offer a record $540,800 in prizemoney and trophies over the 15 races to be held over the carnival.

The opening day of the carnival will once again feature the $50,500 City Handicap (1400m) plus six supporting races.

In a major boost to the Thursday program, the club has added for the first time a $30,000 Class 2 Hcp (1175m) with the other five races worth $15,000 each.

The 3YO Albury Guineas (1400m) run on Cup day will increase from $40,000 to $50,000 in prizemoney and will again be part of the successful Inglis Race Series with Inglis providing a $50,000 bonus to the winner if nominated to the Inglis Races Series.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Fat Al won the Albury Guineas and $50,000 bonus this year before winning the Epsom at Randwick in October.

Prizemoney for the other two feature races on Cup day — the $50,000 Flat Knacker (900m) and $30,000 Adrian Ledger Memorial (2400m) — will remain the same as this year.

The four supporting races will be worth $20,200 each.