Racing Queensland has published its thoroughbred race dates for the 2020/21 season.
In total, more than 450 TAB meetings will be staged across the state, headlined by the Brisbane Racing Club.
The BRC will conduct 73 meetings in 2020/21, and in line with the recommendations contained within the Monteith Report, Eagle Farm will conduct 35 meetings including those hosted by the Tattersall’s Club.
Queensland’s Group 1 races will continue to be split across Doomben and Eagle Farm, while existing feature meetings have been programmed across South East Queensland with the addition of Pink Ribbon Day on the
Gold Coast. The feature days include:
- Gold Coast Turf Club – The Wave, Magic Millions Day, The QTIS Jewel, Hollindale Stakes and Pink Ribbon Day;
- Ipswich Turf Club – Ipswich Cup;
- Toowoomba Turf Club – Toowoomba Cup; and
- Sunshine Coast Turf Club – Mooloolaba Cup, Sunshine Coast Cup and Caloundra Cup.
Further feature meetings have been scheduled across Central and North Queensland.
While a number of biosecurity measures introduced during COVID-19 were eased last week, the early stages of the 2020/21 calendar has still been impacted by the global pandemic.
“While there’s no major shifts in relation to the 2020/21 racing calendar, we’re still navigating our way through COVID-19,” RQ COO Adam Wallish said
“As a result, we’ve had to make some changes to the early stages of the calendar, particularly on the non-TAB circuit, but we’ve been able to retain the vast majority of our race dates.
“Having successfully converted a number of non-TAB meetings to TAB, we have once again taken the opportunity to do so next season to ensure increased prize money for participants and greater wagering returns back to the industry.
“With the impacts of COVID-19 still reverberating around the world, not just here in Queensland, some further changes may still be required.”
Click here to see the thoroughbred race dates for 2020/21.