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NZB Renews Spring Carnival Sponsorship

New Zealand Bloodstock has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Racing Club to continue its title sponsorship of major spring racing in Melbourne.
NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK

NZB Renews Spring Carnival Sponsorship

New Zealand Bloodstock has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Racing Club to continue its title sponsorship of major spring racing in Melbourne.

The deal covers the G1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes, New Zealand Bloodstock Spring WFA Championship and the G3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes.

NZB has sponsored the Memsie Stakes since 2010. The prestigious 1400m race was upgraded to G1 status in 2014, making it the first G1 race of the Australian season.


The exciting growth of the race continues in 2017 with prizemoney increasing to $1 million.

The Memsie Stakes roll of honour includes such legends of the Australasian turf as Sunline, So You Think, Phar Lap, Rising Fast, Manikato, Galilee, Makybe Diva and Ajax.

To be held at Caulfield on September 2, the Memsie Stakes is set to once again be the starting point of spring campaigns for many of Australasia’s top gallopers, including the Karaka sale graduates Jon Snow and Bonneval), winners of the Australian Derby and ATC Oaks.

The NZB Spring WFA Championship has proven to be a popular initiative in its six years of existence, this year offering almost $3 million in prizemoney across a four-race series with the Championship winner receiving trophies to the value of $15,000.

All four races in the Series are held at Caulfield.

The 2017 edition will begin with the $200,000 G2 Back to Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) on August 19, followed by the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) on September 2, the $750,000 G1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) on October 1 and the $1m G1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 14.

Black Heart Bart won the Championship last year, with earlier winners including Atlantic Jewel, Ocean Park and Lights Of Heaven.

The $150,000 G3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m), to be held at Caulfield on October 21, has a special significance for NZB.

The race is named in honour of the great Ethereal, the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner who was bred and raced by NZB and Pencarrow Stud’s Sir Peter and the late Philip Vela.

The 2016 Ethereal Stakes had a fitting result as it was won by Karaka graduate Eleonora – a granddaughter of Ethereal.

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