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RQ statement on the GCTC course proper

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Racing Queensland advises the $2 million Queensland Jewel Raceday will proceed at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday, March 9.

Gold Coast Racecourse.
Gold Coast Racecourse. Picture: Michael Mcinally/Racing Queensland

With the new course proper having hosted back-to-back race meetings in January, planned drainage works and sand grooving were undertaken immediately following The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions.

"The redeveloped Gold Coast course proper performed strongly on Magic Millions Day," RQ CEO Jason Scott said.

"While we were hoping to conduct the sand grooving ahead of Magic Millions, we opted to postpone it to the new year, and if not for the recent inclement climate, we would have returned to racing ahead of the Jewel.

"It's a cautious maintenance programme we're conducting on the Gold Coast but it's in the best interest of the course proper for the long-term."

The two major features will be accompanied by a $10,000 breeders' bonus to the winner, with seven races on the program – including the Carbine Club Gold Coast Stakes and the TAB Military Rose Plate – boasting a double prize money incentive if the winner is QTIS-registered.

"The Gold Coast Turf Club is the home of the state's showcase QTIS meeting which will once again be headlined by the Aquis $500,000 2YO QTIS Jewel and $500,000 3YO QTIS Jewel," GCTC CEO Steve Lines said.

"We look forward to what should be an outstanding day of racing."

Following the Jewel, a number of the sport's future stars will be on show as part of the 2024 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.

Commencing on Monday, March 11, the two-day sale will take place at the world-renowned Magic Millions Sales Complex, with close to 400 lots set to go under the hammer.
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