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« 2019-Oct-16, 06:28 PM Reply #1875 »
Wednesday 16 October, 2019
Mark Oberhardt AAP
Racing Queensland will trial a new format for midweek and Saturday metropolitan racing, starting at Doomben on Wednesday.

There will be seven races on Wednesdays with the usual eighth race being moved to make 10 races each Saturday.

The experiment will initially run for four weeks.

Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Victoria Derby days were traditionally some of the biggest turnover days in Queensland.

"By aligning ourselves with them we hope to boost turnover in Queensland," he said.

Meanwhile, work will begin on a redevelopment of the Ipswich course proper on November 4.

The 21 Ipswich Friday and Wednesday meetings will be shared between Doomben, Gatton, Beaudesert, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Kilcoy, Dalby and Warwick.

The first transferred Ipswich meeting venue will be at Gatton on Victoria Oaks day November 7.

The upgrade of the track will include replacing the drainage and irrigation systems.

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« 2019-Oct-18, 10:06 AM Reply #1876 »
It’s been a long, slow process for greyhounds
IT’S taken 13 years, but the long-awaited promise by the then Bligh government of a new greyhound track in south-east Queensland is finally a reality.
And while cynical owners, trainers and breeders will say “we’ll believe it when we see it’’, this is a rolled-gold Treasury commitment to the biggest and best greyhound complex in the world.
Governor Paul de Jersey signed the $40 million cheque at 1pm yesterday. It’s a $40 million investment in an industry that goes from strength to strength, not just in Queensland but around the country.
The timing of today’s Yamanto announcement won’t be lost on veteran industry observers. Queensland is announcing the biggest infrastructure investment in the code’s history on the day Greyhounds NSW hosts the world’s richest dog race, the Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park.
Queensland may be playing catch-up with NSW and Victoria, but this project will ignite interest in the industry and when it opens in late-2022, there will be a conga line of trainers relocating to southeast Queensland.
The plan for three tracks at the one venue, ensuring racing seven days a week, will complement a facility that includes the best of veterinary care and welfare provision.
The usual animal liberation suspects will question the investment, but let’s not forget that gambling turnover on the dogs is at an all-time high and hundreds of millions of dollars in wagering tax goes into Queensland hospitals, schools and police. It’s also important to acknowledge that the industry has aggressively pursued Integrity cheats, cleaning out the “bad apples’.
It is essential now that the Palaszczuk Government gets on with the job of delivering on its promise.
The new Yamanto track will be the best greyhound complex in the world. It’s the best possible news for the dish lickers and it will set the industry up for the next century.
Dishlickers to get a new $40M home expected to start in 2022 and completed in 2023 Capalaba to continue and searching for a greenfield site for harness racing news on the court case involving the ownership/sale of Albion Park.

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« 2019-Oct-18, 08:45 PM Reply #1877 »
. . . we hope to boost turnover in Queensland," he said.

Stories up this way about a big punter being cut back to 'nothing' by UBet at his local sporting club . .

Even to the extent of turning off the 'fixed odds' facility his venue

Club concerned not happy about loss of revenue . .

Doesn't seem so long ago, but it probably a few years, when they turned off 'fixed' at MKY racetrack when some 'sharpshooters' were there . . then did the same at a leagues club when said 'toughs' transferred to that location

Not really a 'turnover' boosting strategy

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« 2019-Nov-09, 09:28 PM Reply #1878 »
Levy to boost horse welfare

THE State Government will today announce a 1 per cent prizemoney levy on all thoroughbred and standardbred races to go towards Queensland equine welfare.

The figure will amount to about $1.5 million each year and will take effect from January.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission would also make $70,000 available from its Racing Animal Welfare Grants Program for projects that retrain and rehome racehorses after their racing careers have finished.

These include the Standardbred Association of Queensland, the Maryborough Active Riders Club, and the University of Queensland.

The levy will be enacted as the Martin inquiry into horse welfare continues, and Hinchliffe (pictured) said this was just the “beginning of the process that will provide better futures for Queensland’s racehorses”.

“(This) announcement doesn’t in any way preclude any findings that come from the Inquiry and is the first step in a broader Government response to rehoming retired racehorses,” he said.

Queensland’s premier thoroughbred trainer Tony Gollan applauded the announcement, describing it as a necessity.

“I think it’s a great thing,” he said.
“It’s been happening in other states. Victoria just announced a huge welfare fund and it’s important we follow.

“We all saw the 7.30 Report. The industry can’t keep its head buried in the sand and say it’s not happening. It’s time we reinvested to rehome these horses.

“Our stable is a big advocate for it and has been for some time. If that money can make it easier to accomplish that, fantastic.”

Racing Queensland chairman Steve Wilson said the industry had a collective responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of its horses
and that RQ was committed to working alongside QRIC on this issue.
“We will also continue to work closely with Racing Australia and other principal racing authorities to seek Federal Government support for a national traceability register for all horses, which is pivotal to the industry moving forward,” he said.
“We will also advocate for technological improvements to simplify our participants’ ability to comply with the industry’s equine welfare rules, and to ensure that the current access to data is more transparent and robust.”
Ipswich Turf Club chairman Wayne Patch described the levy as good for the industry and one needed to ensure the wellbeing of the athletes of the racing industry.

Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the levy was a welcome announcement as the industry works to improve the welfare of racing animals.

Despite the well intentioned decision there aren't enough homes for the retirees....... those that are already doing the job will benefit with some better funding but once the horse retires the racing industry has no control over its well being.

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« 2019-Nov-11, 07:59 PM Reply #1879 »
Monday 11 November, 2019
Mark Oberhardt AAP

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell has announced prize money increases for carnival 2yo races.
Racing Queensland hopes to further boost its winter carnival by substantially lifting prize money for its three main two-year-old races.

The $2.25 million Future Champions Series will be aimed directly at securing the best late season two-year-olds from around Australia.

It will be a major part of a push to highlight the importance of the winter carnival with seven Group One winners in the southern spring carnivals this year coming through Brisbane..

The Future races will be the $250,000 Group Two Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on May 9, the $1 million Group Two Sires' Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on May 23 and the $1 million Group One JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 6.

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said the honour roll across the three races included superstars such as The Autumn Sun, Zoustar, Brazen Beau, Press Statement, Sizzling, Darci Brahma, Show A Heart, Mossman, Mahogany, Winning Rupert and Melody Belle.

"In the process, the Future Champions Series will provide more than $1 million in prize money increases including $600,000 for the Sires' Stakes and $400,000 for the J J Atkins," he said.

"The carnival has long been a springboard to stardom for two-year-olds."

Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell welcomed the boost and said it would be a major step in the BRC Sires' Produce Stakes regaining Group One status.

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« 2019-Nov-25, 09:22 AM Reply #1880 »

In accordance with section 27 of the Racing Act 2002 (Qld), the Racing Queensland Board hereby gives notice that it intends to hold its annual meeting at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 in the Legends Bar at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

The annual meeting is open to the public.
Chief Executive Officer
Official letter can be downloaded here.