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RQ strikes free-to-air coverage

Racing Queensland has announced the Seven Network will provide free-to-air coverage of some its biggest features including the Group 1 Stradbroke at Eagle Farm.

Earlier this month, RQ confirmed it would stage 15 Group races throughout May and June.

With patron-free meetings being conducted across the state, the Seven Network will cover the final four weeks of feature racing in Brisbane from May 23 to June 13.

“Racing in winter is synonymous with Queensland and we look forward to providing free-to-air coverage of some of our up-coming features in conjunction with the Seven Network,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“With racegoers unable to attend some of the traditional highlights on the Queensland racing calendar such as the Stradbroke, we wanted to showcase our product across the nation to as many people as possible.”

Having traditionally broadcast the Brisbane Winter Carnival, General Manager of Seven Brisbane Ben Roberts-Smith said they welcomed Queensland’s return to their coverage in 2020.

“The Brisbane Winter Carnival rightly has a special place on the Australian racing calendar, so we’re rapt to join forces with Racing Queensland and bring it to racing fans across the nation live and free,” Mr Roberts-Smith said.

“It promises to be an unforgettable four weeks of racing.”

The Group 2 Victory Stakes and Champagne Classic will commence the Seven Network’s coverage at Eagle Farm on May 23 before moving to Doomben for the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap and Fred Best Classic on May 30.

The Stradbroke and the Group 1 JJ Atkins headline the coverage on June 6 before the fourth and final meeting is held at Eagle Farm on June 13 featuring six black-type races including the Group 2 The Roses.

The Seven Network coverage will feature races from Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide during this period.