Popular The Kosciuszko sweepstakes tickets will go on sale this Thursday, July 1.
The tickets give members of the public the opportunity to secure one of 14 slots in country racing’s richest prize, the $1.3m The Kosciuszko.
Tickets can be purchased online or via the TAB app and will be available via TAB outlets, pubs, clubs and racetracks once Covid restrictions are removed and they open.
The tickets are $5 and there is no limit on the amount that can be purchased by an individual or group of people.
They will be available for purchase up until September 7, the draw for the 14 slot holders will be conducted on September 9 while the race will be run on Saturday, October 16 at Randwick.
The 14 lucky sweepstakes ticket holders that are drawn then negotiate with the connections of eligible country NSW and ACT-trained horses for a place in the 1200m contest, previously won by Belflyer in 2018, Handle The Truth in 2019 and last year by unbeaten galloper It’s Me.
Handle The Truth winning The Kosciuszko in 2019. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Under Racing NSW’s terms and conditions of the race, “Arrangements for the division of prizemoney between Slot Holders and the owner(s) of horses for The Kosciuszko must provide that the Slot Holders receive a minimum of 40% (per cent) of the prizemoney, with a maximum of 60% (per cent) being payable to the owner(s)”.
The winner’s purse is $685,000.
It’s Me, trained by Brett Cavanough is TAB fixed odds pre-field favourite for this year’s race but it remains unknown if the rising five-year-old mare will be fit to take her place after suffering a tendon injury in last year’s event.
“She’s being rehabbed and until I get my hands on her I’m not sure where she’s going,” Cavanough said last week.
“I’m not going to be drawn into a program or any plans.
Belflyer (No.4) was the inaugural winner of The Kosciuszko in 2018. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“Obviously, her leg has to stand up but she’ll be given as much time as she needs.
“I’ve still got four months so anything is possible.
“The owners are really patient and they aren’t tied into running in The Kosciuszko or The Everest. They are also open to winning some black type with her if we get her back.”
It’s Me is the $4.50 favourite for the showpiece event ahead of this year’s Country Championships winner Art Cadeau and proven open class performer Victorem at $6 each.
The only other runner in single figure odds is Front Page at $8.
The Corowa galloper was sensationally scratched on race eve last year when the second favourite after becoming fractious in the float and injuring himself.
The Kosciuszko sweepstakes is open to NSW and ACT residents only.
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