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Gosford Announces New Central Coast Carnival For 2017/18

Gosford Race Club is excited to announce a new initiative for its 2017/18 racing calendar, being the Central Coast Carnival. The Carnival will replace the current ‘Summer Series’ format and will boast total of $1.4 million in prizemoney.

“The Summer Series has been reconfigured for 2017/2018, historically all of our summer feature races were held on Gosford Gold Cup day and this was an issue for us as it clashed with other racing carnivals,” said Daniel Lacey, GRC’s CEO.

“We have found that the majority of owners, trainers and the top jockeys were not available to come to Gosford and our ability to present a first-class racing event was inhibited. The new format will include a succession of feature events throughout the entire series commencing with the $150,000 Group 3 Belle of the Turf on December 28 and finishing on January 18 with our annual $150,000 Listed Gosford Gold Cup.”

In addition to featuring four black type races, a class series with improved prizemoney will be run as an undercard. The series will begin on Thursday 28 December and will feature the $150,000 Group 3 Belle of the Turf and the first leg of the class series being a $45,000 Class 2 over 1100m.

The traditional New Year’s Eve Raceday will continue in the same format as previous years with seven standard races. The series will continue with the $150,000 Listed Takeover Target and the second leg of the class series being a $45,000 Class 3 over 1100m on Thursday 11 January.

The Central Coast Carnival will conclude on Thursday 18 January with the running of the $150,000 Listed Gosford Gold Cup, the $150,000 Listed Gosford Guineas and the final of the class series, the Class 4 Malcolm Cusick Stakes for $60,000.

With a focus on racing, Lacey said: “I have consulted with local trainers in a bid to offer an undercard series that will appeal to all trainers and not just the ones who have black type horses. It became very apparent that a class series was the preferred format. The series will allow a horse to race during the whole series with a total prizemoney pool of $150,000 up for grabs.

“For the final of the class series, horses that finish in the top three in either of the lead-up races will be excluded from ballot. I have to make special mention to Racing NSW whom without their involvement, we simply would not be able to host such an exciting carnival. It is refreshing to work with a regulatory body that supports initiatives like this one,” Mr Lacey concluded.

The 2017/2018 Summer Series will be held from Thursday 28 December and will continue until Thursday 18 January.

Central Coast Carnival at The Entertainment Grounds Thursday 28 December $150,000 Group 3 Gosford RSL Belle of the Turf $45,000 Class 2 (heat 1 of the class series) Five supporting races of $30,000 each

New Year’s Eve Raceday Seven races of $30,000 each

Thursday 11 January $150,000 Listed De Bortoli Wines Takeover Target $45,000 Class 3 (heat 2 of the class series) Five supporting races of $30,000 each

Thursday 18 January $150,000 Listed Gosford Quarries Gosford Gold Cup $150,000 Listed Pluim Constructions Gosford Guineas $60,000 Class 4 Malcolm Cusick Stakes (final class series) Four supporting races of $30,000 each

For more information please contact The Entertainment Grounds on (02) 4325 0461 or email

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