Racing Victoria boosts prizemoney for Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes

Prizemoney for the Alister Clark Stakes will more than double from next autumn and give three-year-olds more incentive to stay in Victoria.

The Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes will have its prize more than doubled from next year in a move that could see Victoria’s top three-year-olds stay at home longer rather than tackling Sydney’s autumn carnival.

Racing Victoria announced this week the 2040m three-year-old event at The Valley will now be worth $750,000, up from the $300,000 prize pool on offer earlier this year.

The 2022 edition will be staged on Friday, March 22 and is set to provide a suitable option for horses running in the Group 1 Australian Guineas 13 days earlier.

It will also be run on the eve of the $5m All Star Mile at The Valley and just 24 hours before Sydney’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), which is also a three-year-old event worth $600,000.

Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s executive general manager for racing, said the boost would provide Victorian horses with a high quality option in their home state.

“Not only does the increase enhance the current Victorian March racing calendar, but it also provides an attractive progression for Victorian horses into interstate Derbies or for those staying three-year-olds remaining in Victoria for the Galilee Series, with the Bendigo St Leger Trial, Galilee Final and VRC St Leger run during April,” he said.

Moonee Valley Race Club chief executive Michael Browell expects the financial boost will enhance the club’s vision to grow the feature event in years to come.

“The Alister Clark Stakes is an important race in the autumn calendar and we will seek to continue to further enhance its standing so as to attract the highest quality three-year-olds to take part in the race,” Browell added.

Grandslam won last year’s Alister Clarke Stakes with placegetters Young Werther and Explosive Jack going on to fight out the finish of the Group 1 Australian Derby in Sydney later in the autumn.

Originally published as Alister Clark Stakes receives $450,000 prizemoney boost

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