Racing SA and SAJC announce Group 1 prizemoney boost

15 March 2024

Sportsbet, Racing SA and SAJC are excited to announce a 7-year partnership which will see each of the Group 1 races during the Adelaide Racing Carnival worth a minimum of $1 million in prizemoney. This equates to $4 million dollars in prize money for the Group 1 races across the Adelaide Carnival in 2024.

The joint funding agreement between the three parties will see each of the Group 1 races increase in prizemoney from $500,000 to $1 million:

  • $1 million The Robert Sangster Stakes (April 27)
  • $1 million The Australasian Oaks (April 27)
  • $1 million The SA Derby (May 4)
  • $1 million The Goodwood (May 11)

The premium level of prizemoney in South Australia will attract the best quality horses, leading jockeys, and bigger sized race fields.

Sportsbet CEO, Barni Evans, said it’s an exciting time for racing in South Australia.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Racing SA and the SAJC in this way and the big prizemoney will really put South Australian racing back on the map. It’s another demonstration of Sportsbet’s unwavering and ongoing commitment to the racing industry and we’re confident this will grow engagement in South Australian racing and more importantly bring more and more people through the gates to the amazing racecourses across the state.”

Racing SA Chair, Rob Rorrison, said the partnership will ensure Racing SA can deliver on its recently released Strategic Plan.

“Racing SA is delighted with today’s announcement which enhances our premium races. Stakeholder feedback during the consultation phase of the recently released Strategic Plan was consistent in highlighting the need to address the prizemoney levels of the four Group 1 races conducted in South Australia.

“The increase to the Group 1 prizemoney comes off the back of a 15% increase to prizemoney across the remainder of the racing program which commenced in July 2023 and two increases announced with Racing Rewards.”

“We look forward to working closely with Sportsbet and the SAJC to deliver fantastic racing over the Adelaide Racing Carnival which will continue to raise the profile of the South Australian Racing Industry.”

SAJC Chair, Judith Jones said they are delighted to see such an early benefit of racing’s new relationship with Sportsbet and are looking forward to revealing more exciting news in the near future.

“This is a fantastic announcement for racing in South Australia and for Morphettville as the proud home of Group 1 racing in this state.

“Our commitment towards creating these million-dollar races represents the single biggest prizemoney investment in more than a decade by the SAJC and demonstrates not only our belief in the future direction being set by Racing SA but also the renewed financial strength of our Club.”

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