Racing NSW on Thursday announced that the NSW Provincial Championships will be expanded to the Provincial-Midway Championships, with prizemoney totalling $1.55 million. This is an increase of $300,000 in total prizemoney for the series.
The Provincial-Midway Championships series will now comprise seven $150,000 qualifying races leading to the $500,000 Final at Royal Randwick on Saturday 9 April 2022.
The qualifying races will comprise:
- Three races for Provincial-trained horses only, with first and second placegetters qualifying for the final
- Three races for Provincial-trained and also Midway eligible horses, with first and second placegetters qualifying for the Final
- One Wild Card race open to horses that had competed in one of the qualifying races, with the first three placegetters qualifying for the Final.
The dates and details for the race series are shown below:
Date Venue Dist. Prizemoney Eligibility
Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 Newcastle 1400m $150,000 Provincial/Midway Eligible
Saturday, 5 Mar 2022 Hawkesbury 1400m $150,000 Provincial Trained Only
Friday, 11 Mar 2022 Kembla Grange 1400m $150,000 Provincial/Midway Eligible
Saturday, 12 Mar 2022 Gosford 1200m $150,000 Provincial Trained Only
Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 Newcastle 1400m $150,000 Provincial/Midway Eligible
Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 Wyong 1350m $150,000 Provincial Trained Only
Thursday, 31 Mar 2022 Newcastle 1400m $150,000 Wild Card - All
Saturday, 9 Apr 2022 Royal Randwick 1400m $500,000 Final
The qualifying races will continue to be Class 5 races with runners having had a maximum of 20 starts prior to the race.
“This expansion of the Provincial Championships builds on the recent success of the Midway concept and provides even more opportunities for owners to earn prizemoney and compete at The Star Championships at Royal Randwick” said Racing NSW Chief Executive Mr Peter V’landys.
Randwick hosts the the $500,000 Final at Royal Randwick on Saturday 9 April, picture ThoroughbredNEWS