One of Queensland’s most popular horses, Outback Barbie, created a slice of history last week after pocketing the first $20,000 QTISx bonus for her connections with victory at Doomben.
Earlier this year, Racing Queensland announced the introduction of QTISx, which provides bonuses on black-type and feature races conducted for QTIS registered horses.
With the first QTISx bonus going on the line during the Listed Keith Noud Quality at Doomben, Outback Barbie was simply scintillating en route to a one length victory as she produced another superb first-up performance.
Pleasingly, the next four horses home were also eligible for the QTISx bonus.
In line with the QTISx conditions, Outback Barbie’s owners, Alan and Jennifer Acton, were able to nominate whether they wanted a $10,000 cash bonus or to ‘double up’ their winnings through the redemption of a $20,000 sales voucher to use at one of four prescribed Queensland sales on a QTIS registered yearling.
In this instance, the Central Queensland owners opted for the sales voucher, with Outback Barbie swelling her career earnings to almost $750,000.
“I guess there’s a little added incentive to take the sales voucher with a bit more money involved,” Alan Acton said.
“We usually purchase a Magic Millions yearling each year…so hopefully we can get another voucher or two and combine them.
“Barbie’s been very good to us but she’s one of the unluckiest horses we’ve owned.
“At the end of the race (Keith Noud), she did her best work so we’ll look to go onto the George Moore.”
In addition to the Actons, a $5000 breeders’ bonus will be paid to Eureka Stud who threw the four-year-old mare.
Across the 2019/20 racing season, more than 100 black-type and feature races will carry QTISx bonuses with the next opportunities to be staged at the Tattersall’s Classic and Recognition Stakes at Doomben.
RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said he was pleased to see the first QTISx bonus paid out.
“It was pleasing to see the QTISx bonus go off and even more pleasing to see the Actons opt for the Queensland sales voucher,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.
“Both Alan and Jennifer are terrific supporters of the Queensland racing industry and have enjoyed great success with Outback Barbie to date and will continue to do so throughout the Summer Carnival.
“The redemption of the sales voucher will ensure they have another exciting QTIS registered yearling on the horizon.”