Date: June 29 2012
In a boost to Canberra's premier race day, ACTTAB has taken up the naming rights of the listed $200,000 Canberra Centenary Cup (2000 metres) for next year's race.
It comes on the back of this year's stunning introduction of Super Sunday, which brought the Cup from its traditional spring running to autumn's Black Opal Stakes Day.
A record crowd descended on Thoroughbred Park in March for the day's four listed races - the Cup, the $250,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200m), as well as the National Sprint (1400m) and the Canberra Guineas (1400m).
Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs hoped 2013 would be even bigger than this year's 10,000-strong crowd.
''We're still working on particular planning around the day itself, but this sponsorship will assist us in adding to promotions on the day and to make it an even bigger and more significant day than it was this year,'' he said. ''We've been supportive of the centenary celebrations right from the outset, so it's great that this will allow us to enhance the day.''
The Cup will be run on Sunday, March 10, during next year's Canberra Day long weekend.
Thoroughbred Park's next meet on July 8 includes the return of Christmas in July, after skipping a year in 2011 due to renovations.
Next year Canberra will also host a one-day international between the Australian cricket team and either Sri Lanka or the West Indies, while the ACT Brumbies will play the British and Irish Lions.
It's also hoped the Australian netball team and the Socceroos will play in Canberra for the centenary, while the Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand's rugby league teams is also a chance.
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