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New South Wales announces a $20,000 Cups Bonus

06:40 PM 02 Apr 2019 NZDT
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Top pacer Tiger Tara won the 2017 edition of the Renshaw Cup at Penrith

IN welcoming news for owners and trainers Harness Racing New South Wales has announced a $20,000 Cups Bonus for Sydney’s upcoming Carnival of Cups doubleheader at Penrith and Bankstown.

The bonus will be eligible to owners and trainers of horses that race in both the Renshaw Cup and Treuer Memorial, two time-honoured raced on the NSW harness racing calendar.

The first leg of the HRNSW Cups Bonus will take place with the Group 2 Renshaw Cup at Penrith on Thursday April 18.

Carrying prizemoney of $50,000 plus the additional bonus will be enticing according to Penrith Paceway chief executive Lorraine Pozza.

“This $20,000 Bonus is an excellent incentive for owners and trainers,” Pozza said.

“It brings the two races together to make for some great racing and it gives connections of those horses a fantastic opportunity to race for good money at this time of the year.”

The second leg of the HRNSW Cups Bonus will be at Bankstown on Friday April 26 with the $65,000 Treuer Memorial.

Bankstown Harness Racing Club President Les Bentley is optimistic of the bonus and also that this Group 2 has increased in stakes from last year.

“It’s great that both Bankstown and Penrith Clubs can jointly promote these races through the generosity of Rod Smith and his Board at HRNSW with this Bonus,” Bentley said.

“With the feature races only being a week a part, this Bonus should be able to attract horses from all over.

“It is the Club’s long-term goal to take the Treuer Memorial back to Group 1 status.”

The $20,000 HRNSW Bonus will be split with $12,000 going to the owner/s and $8,000 to the trainer of the horse with the most points after the two features.

A horse must race in both the Renshaw Cup and Treuer Memorial to be eligible with points starting from 10 for first working back a point per finishing position.

 

AMANDA RANDO

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

HRNSW

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