The Canberra Times: Fleta Page
24 November 2012
The Queanbeyan Gift may not have the same prestige as the Stawell Gift, but Melissa Breen stands to gain a lot more if she wins the local handicap on Saturday than when she won Victoria’s famous race in April.
Breen pocketed $2560 in prizemoney when she became the first to win the women’s Stawell Gift from scratch, her reward a measly 6.4 per cent of the $40,000 the male winner took home.
But there will be no sign of such inequality at the Queanbeyan carnival, which boasts the richest footrace for women in the country.
”It’s $10,000 for the win, $16,000 total pool for the women – and it’s equal prizemoney for men and women, which I think is fantastic, unlike Stawell,” Breen said. ”After all, we’re running the same distance and you go through the same heats, semis and finals, all doing the same thing, so it’ll be great to hopefully run really well and get the money.”
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