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A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will commit $33 million towards Victorian thoroughbred prizemoney levels from 2019, supporting increases to minimum levels across the state.

Racing Victoria will add a further $7m, taking the package to in excess of $40m should the Government be returned in November's state election.

This has been designed to further drive continued local and international investment in Victorian thoroughbred racing and supporting jobs across the state.

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General, made the announcement at the launch of the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival on Wednesday night.

The increases will be spread across all levels of thoroughbred racing with an emphasis on grassroots competition, which Pakula said generates more than $3 billion annually for the Victorian economy and supports the equivalent of 25,000 full-time jobs.

Implemented from January 1, 2019, the package would boost minimum prizemoney levels for every racing category to the equal of anywhere in Australia.

This includes lifting minimum prizemoney levels at Victoria's 170 country race meetings to $35,000 per race and $50,000 minimum prizemoney per race for mid-week metropolitan race meetings.

Saturday metropolitan races for three-year-olds and staying races over 2000m or further will now be worth a minimum of $135,000, while there will be $125,000 minimum prizemoney per race for all other Saturday metropolitan races excluding pathway races.

"It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction," Pakula said.

RV Chairman Brian Kruger said that this commitment from the Andrews Labor Government was an outstanding result for the state.

"We welcome this strong commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to strengthen their support of Victorian thoroughbred racing and importantly the 92,000 people that actively participate within our industry," Kruger said.

"Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.

"A vibrant and successful thoroughbred racing industry is great for Victoria. Enhancing returns to our owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders, particularly at the grassroots, is crucial to that.

"Eighty per cent of our racing is conducted outside metropolitan Melbourne and this package would see minimum prizemoney increases at all country TAB meetings.

"This continues the support for grassroots racing with increases already implemented this season for country non-TAB meetings.

"Victoria is the home of the stayer, hosting 40 per cent of the nation's staying races including its most famous cups.

"Through this prizemoney package we want to ensure that Victoria remains the destination to race a stayer or a three-year-old."

Kruger will appear on After The Last on Racing.com free-to-air channels 78 and 68, Foxtel 529 and streamed on digital at 5:15pm AEDT on Thursday to discuss this announcement and other plans for the Victorian industry.

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..And we are doing the opposite, with the closure of the lesser lights, and that'll transpose into the loss of jobs.

We are about to embark on the One Racing's mantra called the Messara report, with it's supporters just wishing and hoping that something good will come from the new initiatives.  It'll be a disaster akin to watching a slow motion train crash ..with people being chewed up and spat out by the monolithic monster as it progresses through the fabric of New Zealand Racing.

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11 minutes ago, hedley said:

..And we are doing the opposite, with the closure of the lesser lights, and that'll transpose into the loss of jobs.

We are about to embark on the One Racing's mantra called the Messara report, with it's supporters just wishing and hoping that something good will come from the new initiatives.  It'll be a disaster akin to watching a slow motion train crash ..with people being chewed up and spat out by the monolithic monster as it progresses through the fabric of New Zealand Racing.

Slow motion train wreck , that's what we have had for the last 30 years and options have run out , racings almost dead , doing nothing is no longer an option  , something going to change . Look at the savings centralisation will create , travel costs alone for horse transport and patrons , compare fuel between Australia and NZ , last week in Australia $1.56 a litre , here in NZ around $2.4 .

Down our way we are facing a couple of closures but I didn't see Wyndham on the list so in reality a little inconvenient but not a biggy .

The Daniels government might win again but they have been court red handed defrauding the system , !!  some of his most senior ministers — face investigation by the Fraud and Extortion Squad for potential criminal behaviour.

 

 

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We can’t expect handouts from the Government, what would the Teachers and Nurses say?

As it has been said many times before, get your house in order first!

So we have a Messara report done, possibly 2 months ago, and what happens?

Nothing!

We need action, but the wheels in NZ racing turn so slowly, can you see change on the horizon, not in the near future sadly!

The participants can make things happen, but sadly that is a forlorn hope!

You reap what you sow, and our crop is looking a little diminished at this stage!

Love the industry to bits, but where are we going?

Edited by Chris Wood

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Winston needs a plan for the next Budget, when is that March or April , as yet we have done and seen precisely sfa.

This is the busiest time of the year racing wise and the biggest concern is that when Winston wants our plans for the future to include in "his" budget , we will be no further down the road than we are now.

This  plays right into Allen and Hughes hands.

If we haven't got anything sorted by this next budget , don't be surprised to see Winston throw his hands in the air and tell us to piss off because quite frankly I can't see much forward movement and neither has he.

Remember , we're not the only Industry relying on him,

tick tock tick tock ......

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24 minutes ago, Charlie Bukowski said:

Winston needs a plan for the next Budget, when is that March or April , as yet we have done and seen precisely sfa.

This is the busiest time of the year racing wise and the biggest concern is that when Winston wants our plans for the future to include in "his" budget , we will be no further down the road than we are now.

This  plays right into Allen and Hughes hands.

If we haven't got anything sorted by this next budget , don't be surprised to see Winston throw his hands in the air and tell us to piss off because quite frankly I can't see much forward movement and neither has he.

Remember , we're not the only Industry relying on him,

tick tock tick tock ......

You are correct on playing into our leaders hands , the moment Winston cancelled race fields any responsibility these people had going forward was extinguished , their plans were demolished meaning they can justifiably take no responsibility for future budget failures which must now be in tatters .

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