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Sky Racing $350,000 Provincial Summer Series

Provincial trainers are advised that programs have been released for this year’s $350,000 Sky Racing Provincial Summer Series.

Now in its third year, the series is based on a similar format to the hugely successful Provincial Championships and is a welcome addition to the racing calendar.

Esteem Spirit (Chad Lever) wins the opening heat of last year's Sky Racing Provincial Summer Series at Kembla Grange. Image by Bradley Photographers

In its first running, it was won by subsequent Provincial Championships Final winner Bobbing, prepared by the then Hawkesbury trainer Bernie Kelly (now at Scone).

Provincial Racing Association Chairman, Matt Benson, has welcomed the continued financial support from both Racing NSW and TAB, which has allowed their Clubs to work together to promote this valuable series restricted to horses that are trained at their five Provincial tracks.

To be eligible to start in one of the heats, a horse must be Class 5 or below and have had its last three starts for a trainer from one of the five NSW Provincial clubs.

The heats will be run under set weights conditions with Class Five horses receiving 59kg, Class 4 – 57.5kg and Class 3 & below – 56kg.

Fillies and Mares receive a 2kg allowance.

The series commences with Heat 1 at Hawkesbury on Thursday, 19th November 2020 and concludes with the $150,000 Final 1600m at Wyong on Saturday, 2nd January 2021.

Following is a list of dates for this year’s series:

Heat 1 – Thursday 19th November: Hawkesbury 1500m
Heat 2 – Thursday 26th November: Wyong 1350m
Heat 3 – Wednesday 2nd December: Gosford 1600m
Heat 4 – Saturday 12th December: Kembla Grange 1500m
Heat 5 – Saturday 19th December: Newcastle 1600m
$150,000 Final – Saturday 2nd January: Wyong 1600m

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