Three bonuses will add to the Carnival Of Cups at Albury, Wagga and Young early next month with more than $250,000 prizemoney to be distributed.
The three $1000 bonuses have been offered by the three clubs along with ITP (Income Tax Professionals).
The first bonus will be for the best performed horse in the three cups, the second to the leading Riverina trainer over the three meetings and the last will be an open draw.
Albury will commence the big three on March 1, followed by Wagga and Young on consecutive Saturday nights.
Young Harness Racing Club secretary Brian Ingram said the bonuses would add extra interest to the meetings.
“It’s a great thing for the three clubs to get together to offer the bonuses,” he said.
“It gives the Riverina owners and trainers a great chance to earn additional money.”
Young’s meeting will be the richest in the region with a $45,000 Cup and $16,000 Oaks for three-year-old fillies.
Albury’s carnival will be held next Saturday and is expected to attract a lot of interest from Victorian trainers.
Albury president Jeff Hogan hopes the bonuses will help draw additional horses.
“There is a lot of money being offered between the three meetings and the bonuses allow every owner and trainer the chance to earn something extra,” he said.
Wagga is the middle leg of the three Carnival Of Cups and the first the club has held since October, 2012.
“We held two Carnival Of Cups in the space of six months in 2012 and not one in 2013 because of the way the dates fell,” Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said.
“This date on a Saturday night at the start of autumn is ideal.
“I’m expecting it to be the biggest meeting we have held at Wagga for a few seasons for that reason.”
ITP franchisee Simon Rosengren said his business was pleased to support the bonus for the trainers who race their pacers week in and week out.
“The open draw bonus allows every trainer the chance to win $1000 even if their horse runs last,” he said.
Wagga will also offer a $1000 holiday prize for one lucky racegoer, while country music star Adam Brand will perform between races on March 8.
Meanwhile, Wagga is supporting the fundraiser for Ganmain boy Jake Underwood who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.
Fund raising organisers will conduct a major raffle at Wagga’s meeting where first prize is a 420 litre fridge.
Harness Racing New South Wales