Sydney set to land richest races in the realm
RACING: Sydney will boast the two richest juvenile races in the southern hemisphere with plans to introduce a new $2 million event as part of a bumper annual Inglis Race Day at Warwick Farm.
Inglis confirmed on Thursday night that the $2 million Inglis Millennium will have its inaugural running in February 2019.
The prizemoney for the Inglis Millennium is equal to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, making it the second richest juvenile race behind the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
The Inglis Millennium will be supported by a $1 million Inglis Sprint for three-year-olds as part of a new-look Inglis Race Series to be worth a total of $8 million.
All yearlings purchased through an Inglis sale ring next year will be eligible for the new races at the Warwick Farm meeting from 2019, should owners pay up for the race series upon purchase.
"The Inglis Millennium will provide our clients with another great lead-up option into the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper, just as the Inglis Nursery has proven in recent years with She Will Reign, Extreme Choice and Mossfun winning the Nursery on the way to Diamond or Slipper glory,'' Webster said.
"The ATC has been a great support in getting behind this new concept and we look forward to seeing more champions of the turf come through an Inglis sale ring and go on to win the Inglis Millennium to kickstart their careers both on and off the racetrack.''
As part of the new-look $8 million race series, Inglis is offering a $3 million Inglis Triple Crown bonus for any juvenile that can win either the Inglis Banner or Inglis Nursery in 2018 then train on to win the 2019 Inglis Millennium and ATC Sires Produce Stakes.