Stakes raised for July Carnival
RACING: The July carnival is set to become the hottest ticket in town this year as the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) announces significant prize money increases for both major races.
The prize money increases come off the back of a statewide minimum rise to all of country racing prizes dictated by Racing NSW.
CRJC chairman Graeme Green said it was perfect timing to also give the July carnival a bit of a boost.
"With the assistance of Racing NSW, prize money in country NSW is set to increase to a minimum of $20,000 per race from July 1," he said.
"It therefore seemed the appropriate time to review the prize money for the major events of our own carnival.
"There has not been an increase to the Ramornie Handicap since 2012 or the Grafton Cup since 2009.
"The CRJC are confident the decision to conduct both races for $160,000 this year will ensure both listed races continue to attract support from the best stables in Australia and New Zealand."
Whilst the big end of the carnival is well catered for, the CRJC has also decided that all support races on both the Ramornie Hcp and Grafton Cup days will be conducted for a minimum of $25,000.
In all the CRJC will program 37 races over the five days of the July carnival with 20 of those events offering prizemoney above minimum levels.