The race meeting at Wingatui on July 28 has been upgraded to feature status with considerable stake increases.
The stake for the open 2070m is up from $12,000 to $25,000. The upgrade is the result of more stake money available for distribution with the abandonment of meetings this season.
Greg Purcell, the chief executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, said 140 races had been abandoned this season, compared with 101 last season. The total abandoned is the largest for a decade. The remaining mid-week meetings this season will have increased stakes.
- The Southland Times