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Sydney to host new Flat event which will be richest turf race in the world

The winnings for ‘The Everest’ will eclipse those of the Melbourne Cup.

Almandin, front, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy aboard, wins the Melbourne Cup, denying Tony Martin's Heartbreak City last November.
Almandin, front, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy aboard, wins the Melbourne Cup, denying Tony Martin's Heartbreak City last November.
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SYDNEY IS SET to host the world’s richest turf race with AUD$10 million (€7 million) in prize money, surpassing the Melbourne Cup for the high-stakes honour, it was announced today.

Coined ‘The Everest’, organisers claim it represents “the pinnacle” of thoroughbred racing with the 1,200 metre (3/4 mile or six furlongs) sprint involving just 12 horses, Racing New South Wales said.

The inaugural race will be run on 14 October with buyers from Australia and around the world invited to purchase a AUD$600,000 (€422,000) spot in the event, which can then be traded prior to the entry date.

“The Everest will be a game-changer for racing in Sydney and provide a stage for showcasing the best Australian sprinters against leading international contenders,” said Racing NSW chairman Russell Balding.

It will eclipse the winnings from Australia’s iconic Melbourne Cup, where tens of thousands of punters gather in November to watch world champion thoroughbreds race for AUD$6.2 million (€4.4 million) in prize money.

The Dubai World Cup and newly-introduced Pegasus World Cup in the United States carry more prize money, but they are raced on dirt.

The Everest will be run at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse and be held annually with the winner taking home AUD$5.8 million (€4.1 million) and second place AUD$1.42 (€1 million). The rest of the cash pool will be split between the other finishers.

© – AFP 2017

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