Kennedy Oaks Day will feature the new Inglis Bracelet.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has today announced exciting changes to the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival race program.
The most significant of these is the addition of the $250,000 Inglis Bracelet (1600m) for fillies and mares on Kennedy Oaks Day. Introduced in conjunction with Australia’s leading bloodstock auctioneers Inglis, the race is restricted to fillies and mares sold via Inglis as part of the rich Inglis Race Series.
The Inglis Bracelet marks the first of three major Inglis races to be held at Flemington with the $500,000 Inglis Dash (1200m) to be run on 27 February 2021 and the $1 million Inglis Sprint (1200m) to move from Randwick to Flemington in 2022, marking a new chapter in the partnership between Australia’s leading race club and leading bloodstock agency
The Inglis Bracelet provides a new highlight on Kennedy Oaks Day which now includes the Group 3 Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m) for two-year-old fillies. It trades places with the Group 3 Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) which moves to Lexus Melbourne Cup Day.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day has also gained the TAB Trophy, a Listed 1800m handicap for three-year-olds which has moved from Kennedy Oaks Day. Last year the race produced two subsequent Group 1 winners in Russian Camelot and Quick Thinker.
The undercard on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day features the Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m) which has moved from restricted to four and five-year-olds to open age in order to provide more opportunity for suitable horses to compete during Cup Week.
Seppelt Wines Stakes Day will now feature another Grand Handicap over 2000m with prizemoney of $150,000.
VRC Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said the changes would amplify the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s position as Australia’s preeminent racing event.
“As custodians of one of the world’s premier racing events it’s vital we continue to develop the program to ensure we provide more opportunity for owners, trainers and jockeys to experience the thrill of competing at Flemington during Cup Week,” Mr Jordon said.
“The VRC is pleased to strengthen its relationship with Inglis and the Inglis Bracelet is a fantastic addition to Kennedy Oaks Day which is sure to attract a field of high-class fillies and mares from across the country.
“The 1800m handicap for three-year-olds has become one of the highlights of Cup Week outside of the Group 1 races, with last year’s subsequent Lexus Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare on the honour roll.
“The Melbourne Cup Carnival is tantalisingly close and we look forward to seeing which horses announce themselves as serious contenders for races across the four days.”
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is Australia’s premier racing event with 37 races across four spectacular days and more than $24 million in prizemoney on offer.
The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 31 October 2020 followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 7 November.