Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Perth’s premier racing carnivals attract Australasia’s best

    20/11/2017 9:15 AM
     
    • Unprecedented flight of 35 horses arrives in Perth ahead of the TABtouch Masters Series and the TABtouch Inter Dominion Series
    • 20 per cent increase of interstate and international contenders from last year 
    • State Government, through Tourism WA, is proud to support both events  

    A plane carrying 35 first-class horses has touched down in Perth ahead of the State's premier thoroughbred racing carnival, the TABtouch Masters Series and standardbred pacing carnival, the TABtouch Inter Dominion Series.

     

    The unprecedented arrival equals a 20 per cent increase of interstate and international contenders across the two carnivals.

     

    The contenders have come from New Zealand, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia - sharing a total value of stakes earnings in excess of $24 million.

     

    The lucrative stakes on offer throughout the two carnivals has helped strengthen the fields.

     

    The TABtouch Masters Series is the world's only single-track thoroughbred racing festival featuring a Group 1 race worth at least $1 million on three consecutive Saturdays.

     

    The TABtouch Inter Dominion Series is the richest harness race in Australia with three heats and a grand final amounting to a total of $1.8 million in prizemoney.

     

    Last year 43,000 spectators attended the carnivals, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy through visitor spend.

     

    The three weeks of racing and pacing entertainment starts on Friday, November 24 with heat one of the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, followed by day one of the Masters, the Railway Stakes, at Ascot on Saturday, November 25.

     

    Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is proud to support both the TABtouch Masters Series and the Bunbury heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion.

     

    "With the impressive field of contenders, both carnivals will help further grow WA's reputation as a great horseracing State and help attract visitors from interstate and overseas.

     

    "Events like these are vital for growing tourism in WA because they attract visitors, grow the economy through visitor spend and create jobs."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5600