Cranbourne Corinthian to herald the start of the picnic racing season
The Heath Agistment Corinthian will herald the impending start of Victoria’s 2018-19 picnic racing season with the race showcased alongside the Pinker Pinker Plate at Cranbourne tomorrow night, Friday 12 October.
Friday night’s race marks the fourth running of the Corinthian which has seen a major boost in prizemoney, growing from $6,000 in 2017 to this year’s record prize pool of $25,000.
The Corinthian is restricted to horses that have had at least two starts at picnic races and amateur jockeys with at least five rides in Victoria during the 2017-18 picnic season.
Howling Wolf, who was victorious in 2015, will return for another shot at the title, while the jockey that rode him, last season’s premier rider Courtney Pace, will this year partner King Mapoora.
Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager - Racing and Participant Wellbeing, Greg Carpenter, said: “Picnic racing is an important and thriving part of Victorian racing which showcases our sport to many regional communities, whilst also offering amateur riders and horses with a lower rating the opportunity to compete regularly.
“Tomorrow’s meeting is a terrific opportunity for these riders and horses to be showcased under lights at Cranbourne, with racegoers able to enjoy all country racing has to offer at one of Victoria’s premier racetracks.
“The Corinthian has been well supported since it was first run in 2015 and Racing Victoria is pleased to offer record prizemoney for it this year as well as increasing prizemoney for all picnic cups.”
The Corinthian is Race 3 on the program at 7pm. It features a field of 10 starters with four emergencies.
The 2018-19 picnic racing season will see 33 racedays held across 12 different tracks across the state of Victoria. It officially commences at Alexandra on Saturday, 27 October 2018 and continues through to the Tambo Valley meeting on Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019.