Prize Money Boost For Coonamble Carnival

THE Coonamble Carnival has received a significant boost with GRNSW announcing that the Friday night program will carry TAB level prize money.

Adam Dobbin

11 September 2019

THE fast approaching Coonamble Carnival has received a significant boost with Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) announcing that the Friday night program will carry TAB level prize money.

“Prize money for all races, which includes winners and place-getters, will be lifted to ensure participants have the opportunity to race for the additional stakes at the Friday night program (October 4),” declared GRNSW CEO Tony Mestrov on Wednesday.

“October’s Coonamble long weekend carnival makes a valuable contribution to our industry and supports the local town of Coonamble and I’m delighted to be able to make this announcement today.”

With the Coonamble GRC gearing up for another bumper four-day carnival, Wednesday’s announcement only serves to heighten enthusiasm, with the extra stakes now on offer set to draw additional trainers to the famous event.

“This initiative continues GRNSW’s support of regional events through not only prize money but also by way of getting behind the local town, in this case Coonamble,” Mestrov added.

“Moving ahead GRNSW will be working in conjunction with all Non-Tab clubs to ensure that their feature meetings are conducted with additional prize money and resources as well.”

Coonamble Carnival event organiser Kevin Gordon welcomed GRNSW’s announcement, describing it as a real shot in the arm for not only owners and trainers but also the town of Coonamble.

“The club couldn’t be happier – this announcement is huge for the carnival … and the people and businesses of Coonamble,” said Gordon.

“The carnival makes a significant contribution to the town of Coonamble each year and the extra patronage this announcement will generate will have far reaching positives.”

Feature races programmed for the Friday night have received significant increases also, while maiden races will carry $900 to the winner and graded races $1,200 to the winner.

As well as the lofty prize money hike for the Friday night, the carnival will again be highlighted by a raft of feature events, led by the Garrards Horse & Hound Gold Maiden (305m) – carrying a cool $10,000 to-the-winner.

Check out all the carnival details here

Key Friday night events:

Shinner Ryan Memorial Trophy – winner $2,000
Keeping Kennels Trophy – winner $1,500
Tony Reilly Memorial – winner $2,000
Festival IGA Trophy – winner $1,500
Greyhound Recorder Series Trophy – $1,300 to heat winners
Ken Marden Memorial Trophy – $1,300 to heat winners