Northam Race Club has benefited from its ongoing promotion of the Northam Sprint (1100m) with news it will be lifted to Group 3 status in 2018.

It has been contested as a Listed event since 2012 when Barakey was successful and top mare Magnifisio gave it impetus with a double in 2014 and 2016.  They both went on to victories in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes.

First Among Equals collected the lion’s share of the $126,000 prizemoney in the latest edition on May 7 before he was transferred to Victoria by Cape Falls Thoroughbreds owner Brett Fogarty.  The 6yo gelding holds a Group 1 nomination for Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 11.

This year’s XXXX Gold Northam Cup Day is on Sunday, October 29.