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Bush Boost For Queensland Racing

Racing Queensland has launched a new race series that will give country participants the chance to share in the excitement of a Group 1 race day.

Bush Boost For Queensland Racing

Racing Queensland has launched a new race series that will give country participants the chance to share in the excitement of a Group 1 race day.

The inaugural Battle of the Bush Series will bring 16 qualifiers from eight country regions to Doomben for a $100,000 final on Tattersall’s Tiara Day on June 23.

Designed specifically for horses competing in non-TAB events, the final will put the focus on leading country participants during the 2018 Queensland winter racing carnival.


The series will offer more than $260,000 prize money with 16 qualifiers worth $10,000 each scheduled across the eight Queensland country racing regions.

To be eligible to compete in a qualifier, a horse must have started in a minimum of five non-TAB races in Queensland in the 12 months immediately preceding the acceptance date for that qualifier.

The qualifiers kick off at Cunnamulla on Anzac Day and run through to Barcaldine on June 9.

Former champion trainer Peter Moody, who began his training career in western Queensland before going on to conquer the racing world in Australia and abroad with horses such as Black Caviar, Typhoon Tracy and Dissident, has applauded the concept.

“Racing is a way of life for people living in country and regional Queensland and I welcome any new idea which aims to shine the spotlight on the hard-working participants in these regions,” Moody said.

“I look forward to watching how the first series unfolds and how it develops in the years to come.”

To alleviate the cost of travelling to Brisbane for the final, Racing Queensland will offer qualifiers float subsidies of up to $2000.

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