Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today released its dates for the 2019/20 thoroughbred racing season, with the major announcement being that the $130,000 Kalgoorlie Cup will now be a Saturday stand-alone race meeting.
Scheduled to run on Saturday 5 October 2019 over 2200m, the Kalgoorlie Cup will be the only TAB race meeting scheduled for the day, with no metropolitan meeting scheduled that weekend.
“The stand-alone Cup meeting supports our strategic objective to increase the profile, visibility and relevance of racing in the region,” said RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills.
“Stand-alone Saturday meetings in other regions such as Pinjarra and Bunbury have shown that the initiative is a great opportunity for the local community to showcase their region.”
The Kalgoorlie Boulder-Racing Club is looking forward to having the opportunity to hold a stand-alone meeting on the premier day for Western Australian racing.
The Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club (KBRC) Chairman John Relph said the KBRC are delighted to have been granted a standalone meeting for our historic Kalgoorlie Cup meeting.
“The Kalgoorlie Cup has significant history in WA racing and to have the focus of racing in WA on this day is very appropriate,” Mr Relph said.
“The club has worked closely with RWWA on a number of initiatives to promote racing in Kalgoorlie Boulder and to be granted a standalone meeting is very pleasing.”
“We look forward to hosting more racegoers from out of town and hopefully more horses and top class riders.”
“The KBRC and ‘The Round’ are an integral part of this great City and we welcome this news knowing many people and businesses will benefit from this announcement,” Mr Relph added.
To provide further opportunities for provincial racing in the Mid-West, the Geraldton Turf Club have been allocated an additional meeting, increasing their season from 19 to 20 race days.
Perth Racing’s Perth Cup meeting will remain on the first Saturday of January (4th) and its three $1 million Group 1 races will continue to be held on three consecutive Saturdays with Railway Stakes on 23 November, Winterbottom Stakes on 30 November, and Kingston Town Classic on 7 December 2019.
The 12-month racing schedule will see 290 thoroughbred race meetings held across Western Australia’s 37 race clubs during the 2019/20 season, which will generate approximately $539.3 million in economic contribution to the State.