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Racing Queensland Launches Summer Carnival

Racing Queensland has launched the $15 million 2018 TAB Queensland Summer Racing Carnival, as the Road to 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day begins.

Racing Queensland Launches Summer Carnival

Racing Queensland has launched the $15 million 2018 TAB Queensland Summer Racing Carnival, as the Road to 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day begins.

The carnival features the highly successful TAB Origin Jockey Series (December 7 and 8), the $1.6 Million TAB Summer Crowns Series, 24 black-type races, the Country Cups Challenge Final and the world-renowned $10 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell and some of Queensland’s leading participants and owners helped mark the occasion.


Mr Parnell thanked new major sponsors TAB for their support of the carnival, which has grown to become one of Australia’s premier racing events.

“The racing world will be looking towards Queensland over the next couple of months in the lead up towards the Magic Millions Raceday on January 12,” Mr Parnell said.

“Last year the carnival was the launching pad for top performers Pierata and Sunlight. They have had fantastic success over the last 9 months, competing at the highest levels across Australia.

“I would like to give a special thanks to this year’s sponsor Tabcorp. Their support ensures that we can continue to grow the new-look carnival even further.”

The $1.6 million TAB Summer Crowns Series gets under way at Doomben on December 1. The series offers rich bonuses that can be won if a horse wins three out of five nominated ‘Crowns’ races on the path to Magic Millions day.

The series also includes $50,000 bonuses for trainers and jockeys and, a $100,000 bonus for any horse that can complete the Bernborough Handicap (Brisbane) and Villiers (Sydney) double.

For the first time Racing Queensland will also welcome the winners of 16 Country Cups held across Queensland over the past two months for the $70,000 Country Cups Challenge Final. The Challenge complements the highly successful Battle of the Bush Series and gives country trainers, owners and jockeys another chance to rub shoulders with some of Australia’s leading participants.

The TAB Origin Jockey Series (December 7 and 8) returns for a fourth consecutive year with some of Australia’s best jockeys set to do battle for state pride over two days at Doomben.

The carnival comes shortly after the state government announced $26 million in prize money increases for thoroughbred participants. RQ implemented the first increase of $18 million on November 1, with a further $8 million available in six months as the industry continues to reform.

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