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The Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) and the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association (QROA) are excited to announce ‘Connections House’ at Doomben racecourse ahead of Saturday’s $3.7 million UBET Stradbroke meeting.
Connections House, located opposite the main betting ring, is exclusively available on race days for owners and large winning groups.
To be admitted, an owner must be ticketed on the day as a registered owner of a horse running that day. This ticket will also allow the registered owner(s) to receive a complimentary beverage and food item.
BRC CEO Dave Whimpey said: “The Board and Management are extremely proud of this initiative as we truly value our owners.
“As an owner and travelling interstate to the southern clubs, I was amazed at how the Melbourne Clubs look after their owners with complimentary snacks and beverages. We have had a 39% increase year on year with owners attending our great club, now servicing over 600 owners, on average, every Saturday swelling to 1,700 on G1 days.
“This new room and fit-out is first class. Owners can now exclusively have their own space to co-mingle and talk tactics and have a cold one on us. Licensed trainers are also welcome.
“This was a collaborative initiative between BRC and QROA and President Vince Pennisi fully supported the BRC efforts. The BRC thank owners for their support in attending in great numbers week in week out.”
QROA’s Vince Pennisi said: “The QROA motto ‘no racing without owners’ is a truism, so the BRC are to be congratulated on this marvellous new initiative which recognises the amazing contribution owners make to the industry.”
Mr Whimpey said: “This has been a collaborative initiative with the QROA. Vince has flown the flag admirably for owners during his tenure as Chairman of QROA and fully supported the BRC’s approach.”