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    HRNSW launches exciting new Carnival of Cups program HRNSW launches exciting new Carnival of Cups program

    MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: HRNSW CEO Peter Buckman.

    Harness Racing New South Wales’ annual Carnival of Cups program is being re-imaged with a blockbuster entertainment offering laying the trackside soundtrack to a... HRNSW launches exciting new Carnival of Cups program

    Harness Racing New South Wales’ annual Carnival of Cups program is being re-imaged with a blockbuster entertainment offering laying the trackside soundtrack to a $300,000 bonus prizemoney incentive scheme.

    Five iconic harness racing locations will be the hosts of a re-formatted concept, to be launched in the state’s west in November.

    The selected venues and race dates are:

    • Cowra – November 12, 2023
    • Young – December 1, 2023
    • Tamworth – January 26, 2024
    • Albury – February 16, 2024
    • Goulburn – April 28, 2024

    HRNSW is partnering with each host club to breathe new life into the Carnival of Cups format, with some of Australia’s most prominent bands and performers signed to provide entertainment during and after the race meeting.

    The schedule will launch in Cowra with multiple award-winning band The Whitlams co-headlining the trackside entertainment with Australian music luminary Daryl Braithwaite.

    They will be supported by chart-topping country quartet Darlinghurst.

    That is in addition to a super-sized bonus prizemoney incentive scheme, with the pool increasing in value across the five-legs of the Carnival of Cups series.

    Horses that win all, or part of, the races determined to be Carnival of Cups Bonus Races will be eligible for the following:

    • For any three races, a bonus of $100,000 will be paid;
    • For any four races, a bonus of $200,000 will be paid;
    • For all five races, a bonus of $300,000 will be paid.

    Following extensive industry consultation, amendments have also been made to the eligibility criteria for Carnival of Cups races.

    Under the new rules:

    • All races will be run for National Ratings (NR) up to 120;
    • There is no requirement for horses to be trained in NSW;
    • There is no requirement for a horse to be bred in NSW, or Australia

    “These are incredibly exciting announcements and present fantastic opportunities for the industry and our participants here in New South Wales,” said HRNSW Chief Executive Peter Buckman.

    “We’re going to see the best in the business when it comes to Australian music anthems right on our doorstep and that’s all going to be complemented by elite racing on regional tracks with more than $1 million in prizemoney going into the pockets of each stakeholder group of our industry.

    “This has all come about after taking on board feedback from the industry and our participants and coming up with a format that we’re confident is going to promote and grow our racing product in front of a big and diverse crowd of new and regular harness racing enthusiasts.

    “And the best thing is, it’s all free.

    “You’ll need to register for a ticket but it won’t cost you a cent to come along.

    “We’ll be progressively announcing the names of the bands we’ve signed for each venue so I’d encourage everyone to get on the Carnival of Cups website and register for a ticket as soon as they’re available because these are going to be unique race experiences you won’t want to miss out on.”

    The free tickets will be available after completing the registration process on the Carnival of Cups website at www.carnivalofcups.com.au.

    Further information and updates will be available on HRNSW social media pages.

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