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CEO UPDATE: Summer results released, infrastructure projects take shape, and more

By Dr Eliot Forbes, CEO

The first two full months of racing in 2018 supplied many highlights as the Summer Carnival continued to bring the national spotlight to Queensland over this period.

The Summer carnival offered more than $15 million in prize money, $1.6 million in UBET Summer Crowns bonuses, and an ideal platform for horses targeting the rich $10 million Magic Millions raceday.

Racing Queensland recorded a 5% increase in wagering turnover compared to the same period last year and an 8.7% increase in wagering on all group and listed races during the carnival. The carnival also featured a new-look UBET Origin Jockey Series, four Magic Millions Wildcard races and 20 black-type events.

The wagering highlight of the carnival was the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, which recorded turnover of $10.9 million, a new Summer Carnival race peak.

Among the highlights was Pierata’s Queensland-record $1.7 million payday,winning the $1.2 million Magic Millions Guineas and $500,000 UBET Summer Crowns Series 3YO bonus. Tony Gollan took out the $50,000 UBET Summer Crowns trainers bonus while Corey Brown took out the $50,000 UBET Summer Crowns jockey bonus.

The wagering highlight of the carnival was the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, which recorded turnover of $10.9 million, a new Summer Carnival race peak.

Our attention now turns to the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, which will be here before you know it. The action begins in Toowoomba on 7 April, with the running of the time-honoured Weetwood Handicap, Toowoomba Guineas and Toowoomba Cup. The first Group 1 of the Carnival will be the Doomben 10,000 on May 12. 

QUEENSLAND'S WET WEATHER CONTINUES

It has been a trying time for racing participants and administrators thanks to factors well outside our control – Queensland’s extreme weather.

The past month has seen extreme heat and heavy downpours of rain causing the abandonment/postponement of race meetings across the state.

Racing Queensland has been proactive in moving heat-impacted meetings in advance and re-scheduling lost opportunities where possible after heavy rain.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all relevant stakeholder groups for their positive engagement during this process.