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Commencement Of Inaugural NSW Picnic Champion Series
The highly successful The Championships theme has spread to the NSW picnic racing arena, reports racingnsw.com.au. The inaugural NSW Picnic Champion Series kicked off last Saturday with Harden picnics providing first points for the series. The Picnic Champion Series Final will be held on Dubbo Gold Cup Day – Sunday, 10 September 2017 – with Racing NSW providing $50,000 in prize money. "We are pleased to be supporting this concept and by staging a $50,000 event on a big day such as the Dubbo Gold Cup program will give these riders and horses plenty of exposure," said Racing NSW CEO, Peter V'landys. Deidre Adam, secretary of the NSW Picnic Racing Association, said she is delighted that Racing NSW has backed the concept. "We expect this series to generate quite a bit of interest and to also improve horse attendance at our picnic race meetings," she said. "Instead of the qualifying heats in the Country and Provincial Championships, picnic horses will acquire points at every picnic race meeting in which they compete." She added: "The highest ranked horses at the end of the 12-month period will be eligible to nominate for the Picnic Champion Series Final. All horses except maidens will be eligible."