Racing NSW unveils $1.5m Provincial-Midway Championships

Newcastle Racecourse
Newcastle will host three of the eight scheduled Provincial-Midway Championship meetings in 2022.

Racing NSW has announced that the Provincial Championships will be run as the Provincial-Midway Championships in 2022, with more than $1.5 million in prizemoney on offer.

This means that there will be an increase of $300,000 in prizemoney, while there will be seven qualifying races worth $150,000, with all roads leading to the $500,000 final at Royal Randwick during The Championships on April 9.

The qualifying races will comprise:

– Three races for Provincial-trained horses only, with first and second placegetters qualifying for the Final;
– Three races for Provincial-trained and also Midway eligible horses, with first and second placegetters qualifying for the Final;
– One Wild Card race open to horses that had competed in one of the qualifying races, with the first three placegetters qualifying for the Final.

“This expansion of the Provincial Championships builds on the recent success of the Midway concept and provides even more opportunities for owners to earn prizemoney and compete at The Star Championships at Royal Randwick,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’landys.

The qualifying race dates and venues are as follows:

Date Venue Distance Prizemoney Eligibility
Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 Newcastle 1400m $150,000 Provincial/Midway
Saturday, 5 Mar 2022 Hawkesbury 1400m $150,000 Provincial only
Friday, 11 Mar 2022 Kembla Grange 1400m $150,000 Provincial/Midway
Saturday, 12 Mar 2022 Gosford 1400m $150,000 Provincial only
Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 Newcastle 1400m $150,000 Provincial/Midway
Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 Wyong 1400m $150,000 Provincial only
Thursday, 31 Mar 2022 Newcastle 1400m $150,000 Wild Card – all
Saturday, 9 Apr 2022 Randwick 1400m $500,000 Final

To be eligible to race in these races, horses cannot have had more than 20 starts prior to the race.

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