Australian Racing Package Offered in Free Handicapping Tournament

Flemington Australia racetrackPress Release

Daily Racing Form and Sky Racing World have partnered to create The Everest Tournament, a free contest scheduled for Friday night, Oct. 13, consisting of races from The Everest card at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. The Everest, a sprint, is the world’s richest turf race with a purse of $10 million Australian. The world’s best sprinter Chautauqua and last season’s best two-year-old, She Will Reign, are among the confirmed starters for The Everest.

The winner of the online tournament, which will take place exclusively at DRF Tournaments tournaments.drf.com will receive a free trip to Australia for Day 1 of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The prize package includes round-trip airfare, VIP tickets, ground transportation and a three-night hotel stay in downtown Sydney for the winner and a guest. The total prize value is more than $6,000. In addition, the top 100 finishers will receive entry into a special invite-only tournament with $500 in prizes.

Players interested in learning more about Australian racing are encouraged to participate in a free online handicapping session scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12. Australian racing pundit Jason Witham will discuss the contest races in detail. Registration for the will be available soon on DRF.com.

“We couldn’t be more excited by this partnership with Sky Racing World,” said John Hartig, DRF’s Chairman and CEO. “The grand prize is a trip of a lifetime, and we are thrilled to showcase the high-quality racing in Australia.”

“The Everest is now the jewel of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival crown and the $10 million prize pool sees it surpass the iconic Melbourne Cup ($6.2million) as the richest Australian horse race,” said Sky Racing World CEO & President David Haslett. “We are excited to partner with DRF and celebrate the inaugural running of The Everest.”

The Tournament is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents 21 years or older.

FREE Online Tournament to follow Championship Event

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that it will host a free, online handicapping contest at ntra.com that will allow fans to follow along with the action at next week’s $1.6 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) at Treasure Island Las Vegas. In its 13th year, the National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers.

The one-day “Play Along With the Pros” contest will offer a $1,000 prize pool to the top five finishers plus free 2012 NHC Tour memberships to the top 20 finishers. There is a limit of one entry per person. “Play Along With the Pros” will take place on Saturday, January 28, which is the second and final day of the NHC. Contestants must make mythical $2 win and place wagers on eight designated mandatory races. The eight races selected will be same as those chosen for mandatory play on Day 2 at the NHC. For more information, visit http://games.ntra.com.

Prize Structure for “Play Along With the Pros” contest:

$1,000 pool

1st: $500

2nd:$200

3rd: $150

4th: $100

5th: $50

“’Play Along With the Pros’ is designed to expose the NHC to players who may not be familiar with the excitement of tournament play,” said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of the NTRA. “It also gives fans the chance to see how they stack up with some of the outstanding handicappers battling for the $1 million grand prize at Treasure Island.”

The NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. Tour members receive NHC Tour points for top finishes in NHC qualifying events held during the year. Registration for the 2012 NHC Tour will begin shortly.