The Everest is not just a horse race -- it is more than that
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THE second year of Australia’s richest race The Everest will deliver a tourism boom to Sydney with racing fans pouring in from overseas and interstate.
And the first Kosciuszko $1.3 million race for country horses on the same day is luring a massive influx of people from rural NSW, flooding hotels with bookings for the big weekend.
Sydney hotels are already reporting they are at 95 per cent capacity for the weekend of the race on October 13.
.............Gladys Berejiklian welcomed the news, saying: ............... The Everest attracts visitors from all over the world to NSW.
Among the thousands pouring into Sydney will be former Canberra Raiders and St George Dragons player David Barnhill, who runs a punters club with almost 500 members at his William Farrer Hotel in Wagga Wagga. They raised $33,000 to buy 6600 $5 raffle tickets for a slot in the Kosciuszko.
Last year The Everest attracted more than 33,000 people to Royal Randwick, the biggest crowd in a decade,
“The global impact of an event like this is massive. Asia has a very wealthy racing audience and we need to give them every reason we can to come here and spend up big in Sydney,”
major events such as the Everest are popular with more than half the people of NSW
“It is not just racing, look at the enormous retail spend that comes with an event like this. At a time when retail is struggling, this will turn Sydney’s shops into frock central. Everyone will be buying a new frock and fascinator,”
The $13 million prize- money in The Everest makes it the richest race on turf in the world and has attracted international attention.
Last year more than 40 high rollers from Asia jetted in.