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RQ Race Dates 2016-17

Racing Queensland has today released the race dates calendar for the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing codes for the 2016/17 racing season.


The release of 2016/17 race dates follows months of extensive consultation with key stakeholders across the three racing codes including race clubs, UBET, Sky Channel and various stakeholder associations.




The key changes to the thoroughbred race dates calendar for 2016/17 are the foreshadowed introduction of a series of day/night (12 race card) meetings at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Wednesdays and Fridays, along with the reintroduction of Tuesday racing.


Other features of the new thoroughbred calendar include:


  • An increase in total TAB meetings from 430 to 443
  • The Non-TAB standard race meeting count remaining consistent with the current season at 277
  • The conversion of some country race meetings to TAB status
  • 19 race meetings being upgraded from Sky 2 to Sky 1 broadcast status 




The main changes to the 2016/17 harness racing calendar centres around the creation of a feature Summer Racing Carnival following the removal of the Spring Carnival.


Other key changes include:


  • The Winter Carnival has been enhanced overall by the inclusion of The Premier’s Cup and The Gold Coast Oaks as lead-up races as part of the carnival;
  • The retention of regular programing, with Albion Park retaining Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights, while Redcliffe will continue to race on Wednesday and Thursdays (in most circumstances).
  • Redcliffe to retain Saturday night feature Redcliffe Cup meeting




All greyhound clubs have received the same allocation of race meeting as per 2015/16. However, there is some movement within the calendar, including:


  • Cairns Non TAB meetings moved to Friday nights to encourage greater participation from stakeholders (especially those from Townsville) and spectators;
  • Cairns have been scheduled 5 TAB meetings on Tuesday nights to replace Townsville when the showgrounds are closed (28 June 2016, 5 July 2016, 27 Dec 2016, 3 Jan 2017, 27 June 2017). Work is underway to bring the venue up to TAB standard.
  • The Cairns Cup Series will be held on 28 June 2016 and 5 July 2016.
  • The Ipswich Show Dates have been allocated to Albion Park
  • Albion Park will have 12 races budgeted every Sunday


View the full race dates calendars for the three codes below:

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