World’s richest turf contest hikes prize money

Patrons pose for a photograph in front of a bronze statue of Cup Winning horse Makybe Diva ahead of Australia’s premier horse race, the 157th Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on Nov. 7, 2017. (AFP/Paul Crock)
Updated 07 November 2017

World’s richest turf contest hikes prize money

SYDNEY: The world’s richest turf race will boost its prize money to Aus$13 million ($10 million), organizers said in a cheeky full-page newspaper ad placed on the day of its rival Melbourne Cup.
The inaugural Aus$10 million Everest race, initiated by Racing New South Wales, took place at Sydney’s Royal Randwick last month, irking powerbrokers in the state of Victoria as it clashed with the start of top racing in Melbourne.
Rivalries look set to escalate with the timing of the announcement diverting attention from Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup — known as “the race that stops a nation.”
The advert in The Australian said prize money in 2018 would jump by Aus$3.0 million, while noting the Melbourne Cup only offered Aus$6.2 million.
“The world’s richest turf race is not in Melbourne today,” it said.
“It’s in Sydney at Royal Randwick.”
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys played down tensions with Racing Victoria, saying The Everest had filled a void in the Sydney racing calendar.
“Naturally we are in awe of the Melbourne Cup and its success,” he told the newspaper. “Sydney, however, needs its own event.
“The Everest is that event. In its first year, it exceeded all expectations and the race has already established its own personality and charisma.”
The inaugural Everest, over 1200 meters (3/4 mile or six furlongs), was won by five-year-old Redzel with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
The newspaper said the Everest jackpot would rise further to Aus$14 million in 2019 and Aus$15 million in 2020, meaning the winning horse will likely take home more than the entire prize pool for the Melbourne Cup.
The Dubai World Cup and newly-introduced Pegasus World Cup in the United States currently carry more prize money, but they are raced on dirt.
Despite the lure of so much cash, the Everest failed to attract any overseas entrants this year, controversially clashing with the start of Melbourne’s Spring Carnival.
In contrast, this year’s Melbourne Cup has drawn a record-equalling 11 European horses to the field, including six Irish-trained hopefuls.

Lewandowski scores 30th goal of season as Bayern close on title

Updated 07 June 2020

Lewandowski scores 30th goal of season as Bayern close on title

  • Bayern struck twice in quick succession just before half-time to turn the game in their favor

BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski scored his 30th league goal of the season on Saturday as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen and move a step closer to the Bundesliga title.

After Lucas Alario secured an early lead for the home side, Bayern struck twice in quick succession just before half-time to turn the game in their favor after Kingsley Coman’s equalizer.

Lewandowski netted in the second half as Bayern established a 10-point lead over title rivals Borussia Dortmund, who host Hertha Berlin later on Saturday.

The game also saw Bayern lend their support to protests over the death of black American man George Floyd, with all their players wearing armbands bearing the slogan “Black Lives Matter.”

With their talisman and Bayern transfer target Kai Havertz ruled out with a muscle injury, Leverkusen turned to Alario to lead the line against the champions.

The Argentine delivered after just 9 minutes, beating the offside trap after a throw-in to slot the ball past Manuel Neuer.

A mistake from Moussa Diaby allowed Coman to curl in the equalizer, before a fizzing shot from Leon Goretzka and an elegant lob from Serge Gnabry saw Bayern take a 2-goal lead before half-time.

Lewandowski finished the job with a well-placed header after the break, reaching the 30-goal mark for only the second time in his Bundesliga career, but there was still time for 17-year-old Florian Wirtz to curl in a consolation goal for Leverkusen before the final whistle.

Elsewhere, a late equalizer from Christian Strohdiek gave bottom-of-the-table Paderborn a faint glimmer of hope in the race for survival, as they snatched a 1-1 draw away to RB Leipzig.

Chelsea-bound Leipzig striker Timo Werner set up Patrik Schick on 27 minutes to give Leipzig the lead, but they were forced to defend it with 10 men after Dayot Upamecano was booked twice in the first half.

Strohdiek’s last-minute strike gave Paderborn their fourth draw in five games, though Steffen Baumgart’s side remain 8 points off Fortuna Duesseldorf who occupy the relegation playoff place.

Duesseldorf themselves missed the chance to move toward safety, as they battled to a dramatic 2-2 draw against 10-man Hoffenheim.

A headed opener from Rouwen Hennings and a red card for Hoffenheim’s Benjamin Huebner put the home side in pole position, but the visitors struck back with goals from Munas Dabbur and Steven Zuber before Hennings saved a point with a late penalty.

Uwe Roesler’s side remain 3 points adrift of survival, after goals from Moussa Niakhate and Pierre Kunde Malong gave fellow strugglers Mainz a rare 2-0 win over local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.