MRC ups the mercury for summer racing

The Melbourne Racing Club and Swettenham Stud have once again joined forces to conduct the second Swettenham Stud Summer Championship.

Beginning on Boxing Day, the series, comprising ten heats before culminating in a $100,000 climax on February 2 next year, will land winning connections a free service to imperially-bred Swettenham stallion Master of Design, valued at $12,500, next spring.

A freshman at Swettenham in 2012, Master of Design is the only son of Redoute’s Choice to win at Group One level in weight-for-age company.

That lofty prize comes in addition to the substantial prize money offered throughout the series: ten of the eleven races incorporated in it carry bounties of at least $80,000, with three of those offering $100,000 or more.

Races in the series range from distances of 1300m to 1600m, and from 0-78 rating to Listed level.

The winner of the Summer Championship will be determined by the horse that accumulates the most points throughout the series, with a hierarchy system that rewards higher finishers but also acknowledges participation.

The inaugural Swettenham Stud Summer Championship was won by Over Quota, who won his connections a free service to Equiano.

More information, including a schedule of races in the series and further conditions, can be located here.


A second series, equally well-patronised in its inaugural running, is set to begin next Wednesday, in the form of Mornington Mitavite Summer Challenge.

Run across six heats before a $70,000 final on the Centrebet Mornington Cup Day card on February 13, the trainer of the series winner will collect $5000 in feed and clothing, courtesy of Mitavite.

For further information on the Mornington Mitavite Summer Challenge, visit here.