Our inaugural Rapid Racing meeting takes place on February Twilight Race Day this Sunday 9th February. The highlight of the day will be the exciting new Resimax Group Jockeys Challenge – where Victoria’s leading jockeys will do battle in Metro and Country teams.
Here’s everything you need to know for the day.
WHAT IS RAPID RACING?
Rapid Racing is a brand new race day format, with 30 minute gaps between races and seven races all run down the famous Flemington straight over sprint distances ranging from 1000m – 1200m.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES?
Jockeys and trainers are competing in three challenges on the day.
- The team-based Resimax Group Jockeys Challenge where seven of the best country riders face off against seven of the best metropolitan riders for a $10,000 hospitality prize courtesy of Resimax Group. Jockeys were selected based on standings in the Victorian metropolitan and country premierships as of January 1, 2020.
- The individual jockey challenge which will be awarded to the jockey who accumulates the most points on the day.
- The individual trainer challenge which will be awarded to the trainer who accumulates the most points on the day.
WHO IS COMPETING?
METRO VS COUNTRY?
The metro team will ride horses with odd numbered saddlecloths and the country team will ride horses with even numbered saddlecloths.
Each jockey will ride in at least five of the seven races. Jockeys were assigned an order via a draw overseen by RV Stewards to determine which horses they will ride in each race and which race they will sit out. You can view the fields for the day here.
The only time this rule will change is in the event of a scratching, in which case the jockey on the highest-numbered scratched horse will ride the first emergency, the next highest will ride the second emergency and so forth, regardless of whether it’s an odd or even saddlecloth.
If a jockey cannot ride, an emergency jockey will be on hand.
HOW ARE THE POINTS SCORED?
Scores will be tallied up after each race, with points being allocated for each placing. The team, jockey and trainer with the highest total after the last race wins.
In the event of a tie, the team with the greatest number of wins across the day will win.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A DEAD HEAT?
If there is a dead heat, the points for the two places are added together, divided by two and awarded evenly to each placegetter.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM RIDING WEIGHT?
The minimum riding weight is 57kg to ensure all riders can compete and ride any horse in all races.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
The winner of the Resimax Jockeys Challenge will receive a Corporate Golf Package at Eynesbury Golf Course including transportation, lunch, beverages and 18 holes, valued at $10,000.
The jockey and trainer who win the individual challenges will receive two nights’ accommodation at the Adelphi Hotel.