St Pat's purse grows

Friday, 14th December, 2012

The 2013 St Patrick’s races will be the richest race meet in Broken Hill’s history. The 2013 St Patrick’s races will be the richest race meet in Broken Hill’s history.

By Ben Sheffield

An increase of more than $23,000 in prize money and rebates means that the 2013 St Patrick's Race Day will carry the most prize money in the history of racing in Broken Hill.

It will take the overall prize and trophy pool to more than $155,000 and comes on the back of negotiations between the St Patrick's Race Committee, Racing NSW, Racing NSW Country and race sponsors. St Pat's Race Club President, Margaret Corradini, said that the club hoped the additional prize money would attract larger fields.

"This is a huge step forward for our club and for country racing.

"We have been very lucky that Racing NSW has seen fit to increase their level of funding and that our wonderful sponsors have been able to increase their contribution.

"With better prize money on the table and generous rebates for trainers we are hoping to attract bigger fields, which means more people through the gate," she said.

The prize money for the distance race, the Shannon Electrics 2200 metre event, will double to $20,000.

"We have struggled to get a capacity field for our distance race, so we are hopeful that by doubling the prize money we will have a full field next year," Mrs Corradini said.

The XXXX Sprint prize money will increase by $5,000 to $25,000, while an extra $3,000 will see the Sureway Employment Handicap carry a $13,000 purse.

Mrs Corradini said that the feature race would once again be the Outback Cup.

"It is the right fit for St Pat's. The distance of 1600 metres, combined with $47,000 in prize money and trophies, enables us to provide a race which attracts a capacity field laden with quality starters."

The race meeting will be the 48th St Pat's instalment and will be held on Saturday, March 16, the day before St Patrick's Day.

Mrs Corradini said the usual green theme would be prominent and that punters could look forward to an old favourite from years past.

"It is still too early to announce all of our innovations but we are working on something that I am sure will please our racegoers," she said.