The Race will be named ‘The Invitation’ and as the name suggests fillies and mares will be invited to compete for a $2m prize.
Moving away from usual racing constructs The Invitational will have a capacity field of just 12 and each runner will be invited to compete based on a panel selection.
The Invitational will be run on the 23rd of October of this year over a distance of 1400m at Royal Randwick.
In addition to the new race there were also financial boosts to the undercards of The Gong and The Hunter as well as the George Main Stakes and The Hill Stakes receiving funding injections to bolster their appeal.
New unnamed 2300m handicap on The Hunter day - $300,000
New unnamed 1000m handicap on The Gong day - $300,000
George Main Stakes - $500,000 to $1 million
Hill Stakes - $500,000 to $1 million
Racing NSW Chairman Russell Balding was very pleased with the latest changes.
“As we head towards The Everest and The Golden Eagle, The Invitation will provide a further highlight to spring racing in Sydney with a unique formulation of the field by invitation only,” Balding said.
“The Invitation also provides the Sydney Spring Carnival with a marquee race for fillies and mares.
“The addition of The Invitation and further targeted prizemoney increases consolidates and capitalises on the development and enhancement of spring racing in Sydney over the past five years.
“The Hill Stakes will be run for the 100th time and it is fitting that this race be commemorated with prizemoney of $1 million where we are confident of attracting some of the best middle-distance horses in Australasia.
“Further, running the George Main Stakes at $1 million recognises this race in its own right and also provides a superb progression for horses stepping up in distance to 2000 metres or contesting the Epsom for record prizemoney in 2021.”