Newmarket To Stage Four £1M Race Meetings In
July Meeting, Cambridgeshire Meeting and Champions' Day will for
the first time join the Sagitta Guineas Festival as million pound
race meetings at Newmarket in 2003. These four top class meetings
have the lion's share of a record £6,693,500 total prize money
for the season at the home of racing, up by £846,000 or 14.5
per cent on last year.
money at the July Meeting (Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 July) has increased
by £184,750 or 22% this year - in the last two years it has
risen by 50% - and now stands at exactly £1m. Europe's premier
sprint race, the Darley July Cup (G.1), enjoys the biggest increase,
up £30,000 to £250,000.
meeting has been boosted by the upgrading of the £70,000 TNT
July Stakes from Group 3 to Group 2 status and the £40,000
Weatherbys Superlative Stakes from Listed to Group 3 status. As
a result, the July Meeting now boasts one Group 1 race, four Group
2s and one Group 3.
the Cambridgeshire Meeting (Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 October) prize
money is up by just over £80,000 to exactly £1m despite
the reduction in the meeting from 27 races over 4 days to 21 races
over three days. This streamlining considerably enhances the quality
of the three remaining days, which is further boosted by the upgrading
of the £50,000 Shadwell Stud Joel Stakes from Listed to Group
3 status. There are £20,000 increases to each of the two Group
1 races, the £170,000 Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes and
the £170,000 Cheveley Park Stakes. The day trimmed from the
Cambridgeshire has been moved to the spring to create a new fixture
on Friday 30 May.
Day (Saturday 18 October) passes the £1m mark for the first
time without the help of supplementary entries. It rises by £50,000
to £1,030,000. The quality is enhanced by the upgrading of
the Darley Stakes from Listed to Group 3 status such that the day
now boasts six Group Races - two Group 1s, two Group 2s and two
Group 3s - and one of the season's most prestigious and competitive
handicaps, the Tote Cesarewitch. Overall, it is unquestionably the
highest-class racecard in the British racing calendar.
money at the Sagitta Guineas Festival (Friday 2 to Sunday 4 May),
which became the first Newmarket race meeting to pass the £1m
mark last year, rises by £114,500 to £1,139,000. The
biggest increases were to the two Classics, both races increasing
by £20,000 to £320,000.
have all four of our big race meetings reach the £1m prize
money mark is a great milestone to pass, commented Michael
Prosser, Newmarket's Clerk of the Course. Prize money has risen
this year on the vast majority of our 36 racedays and whilst a fair
proportion of the increases are in line with the new minimum values,
we have raised the value of many races above these levels.
is synonymous with top class racing and it is our overriding aim
to provide prize money levels at the home of racing commensurate
with our status.