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Bush gallopers, ordinary punters and drought-struck farmers winners of new $1.3 million race

Members of the public will be able to enter a draw to own a share in a country horse to promote a new race being held on Everest Day at Randwick.

The new 1,200-metre race, The Kosciuszko, is restricted to New South Wales country-trained gallopers and will be held on the same day as the world’s richest turf race, The Everest.

Racing NSW, in partnership with Tabcorp and the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), is giving one lucky punter the chance of a big day out.

12 punters will have a shot at over $1 million in prize money, with $5 tickets available for purchase through all NSW AHA hotels or TAB Electronic Betting Terminals.

The winning ticket holders decide which NSW country-trained horse they want to back. But they must successfully negotiate a deal with the horse’s owner first.

Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’Landys tells Ray Hadley the unusual plan is a major win for ordinary punters.

“What I like about it, is a person sitting in a pub minding their own business, buys a $5 ticket, all of a sudden they’re there on the richest race day in the world competing for $1.3 million in prize money.”

The Kosciuszko will also help farmers hit by drought, with at least $125,000 of money raised from ticket sales going towards Aussie Helpers, a charity which assists those struggling in the outback.

“We’re going to be raising money for the farmers, the ones that are really battling with the drought,” Mr V’Landys says.

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow, with the draw to be held on September 14, 2018.