Slot racing could be bound for country WA after the Albany Racing Club unveiled its bold plan to introduce a new race aimed at “country battlers”. Hot on the heels of the inaugural $4 million The Quokka at Ascot last Saturday, a new slot race called The Bluff Knoll is on the verge of getting the green light from Racing and Wagering WA. Carrying $275,000 in prizemoney, the sprint is slated to be run in March next year and will become WA’s richest feature outside of the metropolitan area. There will be 14 slots up for grabs at just $15,000 each. The race is named after Bluff Knoll, the highest peak of the Stirling Range in the Great Southern region. “Bluff Knoll is 1099m high and that will be the distance of the race,” Albany Racing Club general manager Mark Bayliss said. “It will be great for the battlers. We want to get people involved that normally wouldn’t be involved in something like this. “RWWA is happy with the concept, it’s just about where it is placed in the program.” Inspired by the success of the $15m The Everest at Randwick, Bayliss has been working on The Bluff Knoll concept for some time. “We took it to RWWA about four months before they announced The Quokka and Western Trilogy,” Bayliss said. “It was put on hold until that was run. It would be nice if it was a lead-up to The Quokka. “All slots have been pre-sold already. “We’re looking at doing something different with the barrier draw, where people can choose what barrier they want.” Bayliss said The Bluff Knoll could be confirmed within the next month.