11/12/2013 3:12PM

Australia to hold year-end championship races in 2014


Australian racing authorities announced Tuesday the creation of a lucrative Breeders’ Cup-style, year-end race meeting to be called The Championships.

The two-day event, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 19, in 2014, will include 10 races with purses worth a combined $16.8 million and will be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in suburban Sydney.

Eight of the races at the new meeting are established fixtures with Group 1 status that will undergo calendar changes and get a purse boost. The Star Doncaster Mile will offer a purse of about $2.8 million, making it the richest one-mile race in the world. The purse for the Darley TJ Smith Stakes has been raised to about $2.3 million, making it the richest sprint stakes in the world, while Queen Elizabeth Stakes, at 1 1/4 miles, will offer a purse of $3.7 million.

The Championships were formed through a partnership between the Australian Turf Club, which operates Royal Randwick, and Racing New South Wales. The New South Wales government contributed $10 million to the event, according to a news release.

The first day of The Championships comes just two weeks after the Dubai World Cup meeting, which has regularly attracted top horses from Australia and New Zealand.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
a real world championship would consist of two big 2 day meets..one in 3 October in the northern hemisphere and another in April in the southern hemisphere..so in October 2015 we could have say Belmont host the northern hemisphere world championship breeders cup and then in April 2016 the southern hemisphere breeders cup in Australia or Argentina or at gavea brasil.they have both dirt and turf at gavea Rio de janeiro brazil and at san isidro Buenos aires the following year it could be held in europe if they built a dirt track or in dubai.or even in japan they have both turf and dirt ..that way we could have some horses go to both and we would get a true understanding on how they stack up..give a $1 million bonus to any horse that wins both versions of the same race for example breeders cup northern classic and breeders cup southern classic or b.c northern sprint and breeders cup southern sprint.i bet some would go to both with that kind of bonus on the line.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
The weather is best in april in the southern hemisphere,belmont in october would be questionable weather .september would be better
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
well its in november right now.but hey september would work.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
imagine october 2015 new york...april 2016 sydney austalia...october 2016 santa anita..april 2017 rio de janeiro....october 2017 tokyo japan...april 2018 buenos aires....october 2018 churchill downs...april 2019 south africa....october 2019 ascot england.
Bob Nastanovich More than 1 year ago
russell More than 1 year ago
It is strange that they would run this card 2 weeks after the Dubai races. Obviously none of the horses will run in both spots.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Hey.... why not be like the Breeders cup people and simply attach the misnomer "world championship" on this too
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Here are spots for Game on Dude to legitimize himself.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Dude has earned about 6 million legits and might add another million legits for his connections .never bet him(too chalky) until this recent classic i boxed him with palice malice ,but would love to own and race him even if he never wins the classic
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
No lasix. Forget it.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Give 'em a coupla years and see what comes. This is great for Racing.
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
It's also way too close to the DWC.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And? So?
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
And so racing gets more dilluted.the south african. And japanese might opt for shrimp on the barbi over fava beans
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
And a nice chianti...