Spectacular Stakes Increase for ‘The Archer’: By Tony McMahon
Published 14 November 2022
The proactive Rocky Amateurs has announced spectacular stakes increase for its signature race The Archer thereby reaffirming it as the richest race in the history of Queensland regional racing.
At its inaugural presentation this year, The Archer (WFA -1300m) offered $440,000 in prizemoney but this jumps to a whopping $775,000 on Sunday, April 30, 2023.
Better still, whereas the 2022 running of The Archer was on Saturday, May 7 clashing with metropolitan racing Australia wide, its second coming is strategically scheduled for a Sunday.
The benefits from this arrangement are multi-fold as it will be a standalone race day, making it accessible to all leading Australian racing stakeholders in the jockey and training ranks.
High profile jockeys guarantee a massive increase in the lifeblood of the racing industry – betting turnover.
Factor in the certain presence and allurement of the highest calibre GROUP class horses that are certain to be st for the quality race and it is a winning formula for the Rocky Amateurs.
Furthermore, the scheduling of the Sunday running of The Archer in 2023 is ideal as the middle pin of a long weekend with the gazetted Labour Day public holiday, run the next day on Monday, May 1.
Bill Reid the chairman of the Rocky Amateurs Race Club said the 2023 Sunday race date was a perfect fit for all criteria which equated to a hugely successful day.
“Everybody at Rocky Amateurs is excited that through the support of the race slot holders and Racing Queensland that such a huge increase in prize money has come to fruition. As it was in April this year, The Archer drew a classy field of GROUP class horses but that will go to a new level next year”, Reid said.
As an adjunct, the timing of The Archer is perfectly aligned to fit in with the preparations of star racehorses aimed for the GR 1 sprints of the Winter Racing Carnival in Brisbane.
The concept of The Archer, a slot holder funded race whereby 12 slot holders in 2022 paid $35K to participate, provides that they can either run their own horse or negotiate with outside horse owners to be represented.
Based on the lines of the worlds richest sprint The Everest ($15M) run in Sydney, a deal is brokered between the slot holder and owner of the horse being sourced whereby both share in a huge financial windfall.
Bill Reid explained that the increase by and extra $335,000 prize money for the 2023 race was largely attributable to an increase and acceptance of slot holder fee obligations.
Some 11 slot holders have committed to the substantial increase and to add intrigue to the concept, the final 12th slot will be put up for auction at a gala charity luncheon at Rockhampton’s Red Lion Hotel on Friday.
It will incorporate the official launch of next years The Archer and proceeds from the top tier luncheon will be directed to the Rocky Amateurs charity Cure Cancer.
“It promises to be a fabulous luncheon with Rob Heathcote the trainer of inaugural winner Emerald Kingdom and of course former international star Buffering being interviewed while high profile Sydney owner Max Whitby will also be present. It is close to a sell-out but there are still come tickets available”, Reid said.
RA committee member Jonathon Offord, who has played a pivotal role in the concept of The Archer and its widespread promotion, said a special video presentation of the 2023 The Archer would be featured at the Luncheon.