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GROUP racing this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival looks set to reach new heights following confirmation of first late nominations for the Group 1s, headlined by Queensland’s premier race, the AAMI Stradbroke Handicap.

2013 first late nominations closed today at 11:00am for the seven Group 1 races scheduled over the next five weeks of the Brisbane Racing Carnival, significantly up on 2012 nominations.

RACING Queensland has today announced funding for the Townsville Turf Club to further investigate the development of stabling infrastructure at Cluden Park Racecourse.

The long term initiative to install further stabling infrastructure will assist the club to increase and secure the horse population for Townsville and the wider Leichardt region.

Townsville Turf Club President Kevin O’Keefe looks forward to the significant development and construction of stabling infrastructure at Cluden Park Racecourse.


IN a bid to further improve the integrity in Queensland racing, the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre has made a commitment to Racing Queensland (RQ) to provide additional services throughout the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and the Queensland Harness Racing Winter Carnival.

The Racing Science Centre will operate on selected Saturday’s for the next three months in order to return the results of the analysis within a 24 hour period from the first race of the day.

DEAGON Racecourse will open up the gates to the community for a special community picnic day race meet for the first time since 1941 later this year.

Spring race date of 15th September has been selected for the first race day open to the public in over seventy years.

Councillor for Deagon Ward, Victoria Newton congratulated Sandgate and District’s Chamber of Commerce President Rhonda Sutton for successfully advocating for a picnic race day at Deagon.

THE investigation into the former Labor-aligned board of Racing Queensland has widened, with new allegations that a company linked to a veteran turf club official secured work without contracts going to tender and received unauthorised payments.

MICHAEL McKENNA reports in THE AUSTRALIAN that forensic auditors, probing more than $158 million in contracts for the statewide upgrade of tracks and facilities, have slammed the "procurement and contracting procedures" relating to work carried out by the Sunshine Coast-based Blacklaw Civil Contractors.

It is the second company named in the probe, ordered last year by the Newman government, which initially focused on another Sunshine Coast firm, Contour Consulting Engineers, that was appointed to co-ordinate and/or design much of the capital works program through 37 contracts, with just one going to tender.

RACING Minister Steve Dickson has announced a $2 million boost for thoroughbred training facilities across Queensland.


Mr Dickson said the 2012-13 Training Track Subsidy Scheme was a further part of the Newman Government’s commitment to rejuvenating racing in Queensland.


RACING Queensland Limited (RQL) has today announced a second boost to winner’s prizemoney for the 2013 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, following last week’s increase for the AAMI Stradbroke Handicap.

An additional $58,000 has been added to the 2013 Wimmers Soft Drinks A.D. Hollindale Stakes to be run at the Gold Coast Turf Club on May 5. The Group 2 feature will now boast a $250,000 first prize purse.

RQL chairman Kevin Dixon believes the quarter million dollar winner’s prize will ensure the Wimmers Soft Drinks A.D. Hollindale Stakes attracts a top class field to compete in the weight for age classic.

The appointment of Board positions in the Queensland racing industry’s new governance structure will see the sector led by their best and brightest members, Racing Minister Steve Dickson announced today.

Mr Dickson said the new Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board (QACRIB) and three code-specific control boards would provide a fresh start for racing in Queensland, as the Newman Government continued to deliver on its election commitment to rejuvenate the industry.


RACING Queensland Limited (RQL) is pleased to announce that following an extensive recruitment process Mark Sweeney will soon commence in the role of Thoroughbred Racing Manager within RQL’s operations department.

Mark has vast racing experience having worked in the industry for over 25 years including stints with the Hunter and North West Racing Association as a Steward and then as a Race Club CEO, before relocating to Queensland to head up the licensing function.

Mark has since undertaken a role with RQL’s stewarding team and currently holds the position of Betting & Wagering Manager in RQL’s integrity department.


THE odds are shortening on a return to Queensland for Black Caviar, after the announcement of "an afternoon with racing royalty – Peter Moody" lunch in Brisbane next month.

CHRIS ROOTS reports in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD that the May 9 event is being promoted by Green and Gold Events to raise money for the Central Warrego Racing Club in Moody's home town of Charleville and will be held a couple of days before the BTC Cup at Eagle Farm.

"Peter agreed to be part of this event because of the benefit it will provide for racing in the bush – namely, improved facilities at the Charleville racetrack, the place where he cut his teeth," Green and Gold Events' Rupert McCall said.

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