The Kosciuszko is a race specifically for New South Wales country trained horses that is run over 1200m at Randwick Racecourse. It has set weights plus penalties and a total prize pool of $1.3 million. In 2020, it will be raced on Saturday, October 17, the same day as The Everest.
Handle The Truth won the 2019 edition of The Kosciuszko for trainer Keith Dryden. Victorem ran second, with Bobbing and Noble Boy finishing third and fourth respectively. After claiming victory in the race, Handle The Truth placed second in the Goulburn Cup.
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The race has an interesting twist, with members of the public able to be involved. Punters are allowed to buy $5 sweepstake tickets, with 14 winning ticket holders drawn in early September. Those who are chosen are then able to select a runner to race in their entry, something which Racing New South Wales is able to help with. Terms are agreed upon with horse owners and then the field is settled.
2019 Kosciuszko winner Handle The Truth ran 1:08.21 to claim victory in what was an impressive effort. It was less than a second behind Yes Yes Yes’ 1200m Randwick track record, which stands at 1:07.32.
THE KOSCIUSZKO RESULTS
|1||Handle The Truth||Keith Dryden||Nash Rawiller||$7|
|2||Victorem||Jenny Graham||Tommy Berry||$2.70|
|3||Bobbing||Bernie Kelly||Koby Jennings||$26|
|4||Noble Boy||Todd Blowes||Hugh Bowman||$6|
|5||Star Boy||Brett Cavanough||Keagan Latham||$18|
|6||Press Box||Dean Mirfin||Robbie Dolan||$71|
|7||Don’t Give A Damn||Danny Williams||Kerrin McEvoy||$26|
|8||Luna Mia||Paul Messara||Tim Clark||$21|
|9||Up Trumpz||Joe Cleary||Mark Zahra||$101|
|10||Notation||Matthew Dale||James McDonald||$5.50|
|11||Awesome Pluck||Jenny Graham||Joshua Parr||$16|
|12||Tarbert||John Shelton||Glenn Boss||$41|
|13||Suncraze||Melanie O’Gorman||Brenton Avdulla||$61|
|14||Belflyer||John Shelton||Adam Hyeronimus||$51|