Happy birthday to NSW horses

Media release | 1 August 2018

Minister for Racing Paul Toole today wished NSW thoroughbred horses a happy birthday as the industry gears up for an exciting spring racing season.

“With all thoroughbreds in the southern hemisphere celebrating their birthday today, it’s a great opportunity to honour our state’s wonderful racing horses,” Mr Toole said.

“We can expect a lot of horsing around today at stables across NSW as racing participants get into the birthday spirit with unbridled enthusiasm.

August 1 marks the standardised birthday for every horse in the southern hemisphere, with the date set aside to fit in with the breeding season, ensure fair competition and herald the start of a new racing season.

“I’m delighted our state’s thoroughbred racing industry is in such great shape as we head into the spring racing carnival,” Mr Toole said.

“On 13 October, Royal Randwick will host The Everest, the world’s richest sprint and turf race with $13 million in prizemoney available.

“The event will also feature the recently announced Kosciuszko, a showcase event for NSW country-trained horses which is set to become the world’s richest country race with $1.3 million prize money.”

Mr Toole said the NSW thoroughbred industry was thriving and was a major contributor to the state’s economy as a whole, as well as boosting job opportunities in regional areas.

“Racing NSW has also recently announced from September, prizemoney across all thoroughbred races will rise by $24 million to almost $250 million annually, the highest of any Australian state,” Mr Toole said.

“As horses celebrate their birthday today, it’s also a chance for everyone involved in our state’s thoroughbred industry to celebrate these great successes.”