Further increased investment in Flemington Spring Features

Over the last few weeks the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has worked closely with Racing Victoria (RV) to assess Spring prize money levels and welcomes further increased investment in key Flemington spring races worth $1.75 million, building on prizemoney growth announced earlier this year.

Fifteen races at Flemington will offer prizemoney of $1 million or more this season, setting a new benchmark for racing at Headquarters, including 14 Group 1 races – the highest number of Group races to offer prizemoney of $1 million or more by any racecourse in Australia.

Three races at Flemington have received a $250,000 increase in prizemoney including feature Group 1 races the Group 1 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 TAB Turnbull Stakes (2000m). Both will now be worth $1 million. 

Group 3 The Lexus Bart Cummings (2500m), which offers valuable ballot exemption for the winner into this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup, has also received a prizemoney increase and will offer $750,000. 

The pinnacle spring race for fillies and mares, the Group 1 TAB Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) will now offer a prizemoney bonus of $1 million for the winner if they have also won one of 12 lead up races (see table below), including three races at Flemington. These are the Group 2 Furphy Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m), the Group 2 Rose of Kingston (1400m) and the Group 2 TAB Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m). 

VRC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosich said the prizemoney increases reflect Flemington’s standing as the best racecourse in Australia. 

“Backed by tradition and hard-earned Group status, these prizemoney increases reflect the quality of horses who have participated in our feature races year after year and reward the trainers and owners who choose to compete at Flemington,” Mr Rosich said.

“Flemington is definitely the place to be for top tier racing and fifteen races worth $1 million or more including fourteen Group 1 races helps to confirm this position.” 

BONUS RACES ELIGIBLE FOR THE $1 MILLION TAB EMPIRE ROSE BONUS:

Group Race name Distance (meters) 2021 Winner
Group 1 NZ Breeders Stakes 1600 Avantage
Group 1 Coolmore Classic 1500 Krone
Group 1 Tattes Tiara 1400 Tofane
Group 2 Furphy Let's Elope Stakes 1400 N/A
Group 2 Rose of Kingston 1400 N/A
Group 2 TAB Edward Manifold Stakes 1600 N/A
Group 2 Stock Stakes 1600 N/A
Group 3 Ladies Vase 1600 N/A
Group 1 Thousand Guineas 1600 N/A
Group 3 Tesio Mares Mile 1600 N/A
Group 3 Fillies Classic 1600 N/A
Group 1 TAB Empire Rose Classic 1600M N/A

 

SPRING RACES WITH INCREASED PRIZEMONEY AT FLEMINGTON: 

Race Day Group Race name Distance (meters) Prizemoney 2020-21 ($) Prizemoney 2021-22 ($)
Sofitel Girls' Day Out Group 1 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes 1600 750,000 1,000,000
TAB Turnbull Stakes Day Group 1 TAB Turnbull Stakes 2000 500,000 1,000,000
TAB Turnbull Stakes Day Group 3 The Lexus Bart Cummings 2500 500,000 750,000
Penfolds Victoria Derby Day Group 1 Kennedy Cantala 1600 1,500,000 2,000,000
Penfolds Victoria Derby Day Group 1 TAB Empire Rose Stakes 1600 1,000,000 1,000,000 + 1,000,000 bonus
Penfolds Victoria Derby Day Group 3 Network 10 Carbine Club Stakes 1600 250,000 500,000
Penfolds Victoria Derby Day Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes 2500 200,000 300,000
Kennedy Oaks Day Group 3 Network 10 Red Roses 1100 200,000 300,000
Mackinnon Stakes Day Group 3 Queen Elizabeth 2600 200,000 300,000
Mackinnon Stakes Day Group 1  Darley Sprint Classic 1200 1,500,000 2,000,000