Friday, 4 May 2012

Thousands for Fun and Rich Prize Money at Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival

Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
Thousands of people from Australia and overseas will travel to Scone, in the Upper Hunter region of NSW in Australia, to attend the Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival horse races. In 2012, the Scone Racing Carnival will be held over Friday 18 & Saturday 19 May. A huge amount of money will be awarded at the two day carnival, totalling over $2m including trophies.

The Scone Cup was first held in 1947. The present race track was opened in 1994 and is a modern venue for such an important race meeting.

Fashions on the Field
2012 Fashions on the Field
The Fashions on the Field is one of the highlights of the Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival and attracts hundreds of entrants over both days. Ladies and men get dressed up in their finest clothes to look their best, and prizes are awarded for the best fashions. Some of these look glamorous, some hideous, but all make for a fun filled day at the races.

Day 1 - Emirates Park Scone Cup Race Day – Friday 18 May
Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
Race 1) Emirates Park Scone Cup Open Quality 1600m Prize money - $180,000, Trophies - $2,300
Race 2) Yarraman Park - Horsepower Open Handicap 1300m $120,000, $1,200
Race 3) Inglis 2YO Challenge 1100m $100,000, $4,900         
Race 4) Kia Ora Country Cup - Benchmark 65 1400m $60,000, $600
Race 5) Cressfield Class 2 1300m $50,000, $600                   
Race 6) Patinack Farm Class 1 1100m $50,000, $600
Race 7) Northern Meteor Maiden 1600m $50,000, $600
Race 8) Vinery Stud Maiden 1000m     $ 50,000, $600

This makes the total prize money for day one to add up to $660,000 with $11,400 worth of trophies being awarded

Day 2 –  Inglis Guineas/Coolmore Dark Jewel Race Day  - Saturday 19 May 2012
Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
Race 1) Prydes EasiFeed – Quality Open 1100m Prize money - $120,000, Trophies - $1,200  
Race 2) Inglis 3YO Guineas 1400m $500,000, $2,500
Race 3) Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic Open fillies/mares 1400m $200,000, $2,100
Race 4) Darley 3YO fillies 1100m $140,000, $1,200
Race 5) Arrowfield 2YO fillies 1100m $140,000, $1,200
Race 6) Segenhoe Stud Benchmark 75 2200m $75,000, $600
Race 7) Dane Shadow Sprint Benchmark 75 1100m     $75,000, $600
Race 8) Turangga Farm Maiden 1300m $75,000, $600

This makes the total prize money for Day 2 to add up to a huge $1,325,000 with trophies valued at $10,000 being awarded

The total prize money for the two days is $1,985,000 with trophies valued at $19,500.
Perhaps I should take up horse racing and try winning one of those first prizes….          

Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
Accommodation in Scone around the Upper Hunter Horse Festival and Scone Racing Carnival is generally booked well in advance. A home hosting service is available in Scone for those who would prefer to have the comforts of a home to stay in. People are encouraged to look at the surrounding towns for accommodation at Aberdeen (15 minute drive from Scone), Gundy (20 minute drive from Scone), Murrurundi (25 minute drive from Scone), Muswellbrook (25 minute drive from Scone), Singleton (60 minute drive from Scone) and Pokolbin (90 minute drive from Scone).

Transport to the Upper Hunter
Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
Driving - From Sydney:- The New England Highway runs right through the centre of the Upper Hunter. Follow the F3 Freeway exiting at the New England Highway (between Newcastle & Maitland) and head north into Singleton via Maitland or
- Follow tourist route 33 from the F3 towards Branxton then travelling north along the New England Highway or
- Follow the Putty Road from Windsor through Yengo National Park and connect to the Golden Highway or continue travelling north along the New England Highway through Singelton and Muswellbrook.

From the West - The main link from the west and Central NSW is the Golden Highway. Follow the Golden Highway from Dubbo into Merriwa.

Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
From the North - Follow the New England Highway via Tamworth into Murrurundi.

From the East Coast - Travel via Gloucester and over the Barrington Tops for a scenic journey leading into Scone or
- Follow the Pacific Highway until it meets with the New England Highway at Hexham.

Train services- Visit for trains out of Sydney or Newcastle to connect
you to Upper Hunter Country. You may also use the City Rail train network, from Central Station and swapping trains at Hamilton or Newcastle. For more information visit City Rails website
Air services - The nearest commercial regional airport is Newcastle Airport located approximately 1 1/2 hours away from Upper Hunter Country.
Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
Bus Services that travel through this area are:
- Sidd Fogg's - between Newcastle and Dubbo
- Howards Bus and Charter - between Murrurundi and Scone
- Greyhound Australia - between Sydney and Brisbane via Toowoomba
- Kean's Express - between Scone and Sydney also between Scone and Port Macquarie

For more information contact the Scone Visitor Information and Wine Centre Kelly Street, Scone. Phone 02 6545 1526
Open 7 days 9amto 5pm

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