$1.6M added bonuses for Queensland Summer Carnival
Oct 19, 2016
Racing Queensland and UBET will offer $1.6 million in bonuses during the 2016 Queensland Summer Racing Carnival that will not only provide an important promotional opportunity for thoroughbred racing but will focus national racing attention on Queensland.
Three $500,000 bonuses (known as the Queensland Summer Crowns) will be offered for any horse that can win three stipulated races in sprinter, 2YO and 3YO categories, and $100,000 for any horse that wins both the Group 2 Villiers in Sydney and the Bernborough Handicap.
Racing Queensland chief executive officer Dr Eliot Forbes said he expected the bonuses would attract significant interest from owners and trainers.
“The Queensland Summer Crown races will be run during meetings on 3 and 31 December at Eagle Farm, and 17 December at Doomben, leading into Australia’s richest race day, the $10 million Magic Millions on Saturday 14 January 2017,” he said.
“Because of the structure of the Queensland Summer Crown bonuses that we have put in place, it is possible that each bonus could potentially be won leading into or on Magic Millions race day.
“The races are specifically programmed to provide an excellent pathway through the carnival’s Black Type pattern.”
UBET chief operating officer Barrie Fletton said the state’s wagering partner was right behind the revamped carnival and predicted strong interest from both southern raiders and the locals alike.
“UBET is proud to be supporting the Queensland Summer Crowns concept, and we are looking forward to seeing the stars of Australian summer racing in what is shaping as a really strong Queensland Summer Racing Carnival,” Mr Fletton said.
“The revamped carnival provides great pathways to the Magic Millions; and having $500,000 in bonuses up for grabs in each of those classes is a great incentive for quality horses to turn out during the Queensland summer.”
Dr Forbes also announced details of the new Villiers / Bernborough bonus – a $100,000 bonus payable to the connections of any horse that wins both the Group 2 Villiers on 17 December at Randwick and the Listed Bernborough Handicap at Eagle Farm on 31 December.
“When you consider that each race carries prize money worth $250,000, combined with a bonus of $100,000, connections could win more than $400,000,” he said.
“This is significant prize money for Group 2 and Listed races, and would almost certainly attract a better quality of horse to the Bernborough.
“We see the Bernborough as a race that can eventually attain a much higher level of Black Type status.”
Approximately $13 million will be offered in stakes over the entire summer Queensland carnival that starts on 19 November 2016 at Eagle Farm and concludes on 28 January 2017 at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club meeting.