John Walker, Managing Director of Thrifty, is hoping he will be caught in an interesting position when he takes to podium to present the trophy to the winner of the Thrifty Royal Randwick Guineas, on Saturday 18 March – he hopes he might be presenting the trophy to himself. Mr Walker will not only be representing the race’s naming rights sponsors, he is also part owner of one of the key contenders, Sepia.
“Just imagine how good it would feel to have your own horse win the race you sponsor.” Mr Walker enthused.
The Australian Jockey Club (AJC) is pleased to announce Thrifty as the naming rights sponsor for the inaugural running of the Thrifty Royal Randwick Guineas, previously the Canterbury Guineas, which will be run at Royal Randwick for the first time following major program changes implemented by the AJC and the STC
The Group 1, $400,000 race will be the feature event on Thrifty Royal Randwick Guineas Day, an event billed as the unofficial start to the 2006 Tooheys New Easter Carnival.
Thrifty have committed to a three-year term, strengthening an already strong relationship with the AJC that commenced in 2000.
“Thrifty, as a long term supporter of the AJC, is pleased to be involved in the latest racing initiative of the Club.” said Mr Walker. “The Royal Randwick Guineas will, in my opinion, become a hallmark race of each Sydney autumn carnival and serve as a stepping stone to the Sydney three year old triple-crown,”
Tony King, Chief Executive of the Australian Jockey Club said, “Thrifty are wonderful supporters of racing and John, at a personal level, has committed his own self to this great industry. We know this race will be a feature event of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and Thrifty are sure to derive benefit from that”.
Thrifty Royal Randwick Guineas Day will also feature four other Group & Listed races formerly conducted by the STC on Guineas night, plus two additional Listed races. With seven black type events in the nine-race schedule for the day, it will be a strong day of racing and a great prelude to the 2006 Tooheys New Easter Carnival.