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RNSW $2 Million Big Dance

Racing NSW today announced eligibility and conditions for the $2 million Big Dance race to be held at Royal Randwick on Tuesday, 1 November 2022.

The field for The Big Dance will be drawn from the winners and second placed horses of 25 Country Cup races from across NSW.

A Big Dance Wild Card race will also be run at Royal Randwick on 8 October, with the winner and second placed horse from the Wild Card becoming eligible for The Big Dance and exempt from the ballot.

Benchmark rating at the time of final acceptances will then be used to determine the final field from the pool of eligible horses, with the winners of eligible Country Cups receiving preference over any second placegetters.

Attached to this release is a schedule of all eligible races for the 2022 Big Dance. The winners and second placed horses of those races already run will be eligible for the 2022 Big Dance, starting with the Goulburn Cup which was run on 31 October 2021.

The Big Dance will be run at a distance of 1600 metres under quality handicap conditions.

Big Dance 2022 Qualifying Races

Goulburn 31-Oct-21 Goulburn & District Racing Club Goulburn Cup 1400m
Gundagai 12-Nov-21 Gundagai-Adelong Race Club Snake Gully Cup 1400m
Taree 21-Nov-21 Manning Valley Race Club Taree Cup 2000m
Mudgee 03-Dec-21 Mudgee Race Club Mudgee Cup 1600m
Nowra 05-Dec-21 Shoalhaven City Turf Club Nowra Cup 1600m
(Tamworth) 12-Dec-21 Armidale Jockey Club Armidale Cup 1600m
Moruya 03-Jan-22 Moruya Jockey Club Inc Moruya Cup 1425m
Ballina 14-Jan-22 Ballina Jockey Club Ballina Cup 1590m
Sapphire Coast 30-Jan-22 Sapphire Coast Turf Club Bega Cup 1600m
Albury 25-Mar-22 Albury Racing Club Albury Gold Cup 2000m
Muswellbrook 01-Apr-22 Muswellbrook Race Club Muswellbrook Gold Cup 1450m
Orange 08-Apr-22 Racing Orange Ltd Orange Gold Cup 2100m
Tamworth 22-Apr-22 Tamworth Jockey Club Tamworth Cup 1400m
Wagga 06-May-22 Murrumbidgee Turf Club Wagga Wagga Gold Cup 2000m
Scone 13-May-22 Scone Race Club Scone Cup 1600m
Wellington 29-May-22 Wellington Race Club Wellington Cup 1700m
Grafton 10-Jul-22 Clarence River Jockey Club South Grafton Cup 1600m
Forbes 31-Jul-22 Forbes Jockey Club Forbes Cup 1600m
Coffs Harbour 04-Aug-22 Coffs Harbour Racing Club Coffs Harbour Cup 1600m
Murwillumbah 19-Aug-22 Tweed River Jockey Club Murwillumbah Cup 1550m
Dubbo 11-Sep-22 City of Dubbo Turf Club Dubbo Gold Cup 1600m
Lismore 22-Sep-22 Lismore Turf Club Lismore Cup 2100m
Bathurst 25-Sep-22 Bathurst Turf Club Bathurst Cup 1800m
Port Macquarie 07-Oct-22 Port Macquarie Race Club Port Macquarie Cup 2000m
Randwick 8-Oct-22 Australian Turf Club Big Dance Wild Card 1600m
Coonamble 09-Oct-22 Coonamble Jockey Club Coonamble Cup 1600m

To be eligible for the Big Dance, horses must be the official winners or second placed horse in any of the races listed above.