Three of the Australian Turf Club’s most prestigious Everest Carnival races have again received strong nominations ahead of the highly-anticipated Sydney spring.
Nominations have closed for three of Sydney’s feature Group 1 races – the $1 million TAB Epsom (1600m), $750,000 Heineken The Metropolitan (2400m) and $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m).
A total of 94 horses were nominated for this year’s TAB Epsom and 86 horses in the Heineken The Metropolitan.
The Darley Flight Stakes – the final leg of the Darley Princess Series – attracted 55 entries, including star filly Dame Giselle, who has taken out the first two legs of the series including last Saturday’s Darley Furious Stakes.
The three Group 1 races will be run on a bumper card at Royal Randwick on Saturday 3 October 2020.
ATC Executive General Manager of Racing and Wagering, James Ross said: “It is pleasing to see good numbers across the feature races including a solid increase in the TAB Epsom which supports the investment made by both Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club in the 1400-1600m program in the early part of spring in Sydney.
“It is always encouraging to see so many of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest stables represented with great numbers and quality including significant numbers from the dual state stables of Chris Waller, Ciaron Maher/David Eustace, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and Hawkes Racing.
“This year’s extended Everest Carnival promises some world-class racing with nearly $45 million in prizemoney on offer through September to November.”
Weights for the two feature handicap races the TAB Epsom and Heineken The Metropolitan will be released by Racing NSW on Monday, 14 September 2020.