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RQ programmes additional features

Racing Queensland has announced additional feature races will take place throughout June and July at reduced prize money levels.

With an emphasis on providing opportunities for fillies, mares and youngsters, RQ has programmed the Group 3 Queensland Sapphire Stakes at Doomben on June 27 ahead of the Bright Shadow at Eagle Farm on July 4 and the Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich on July 18.

In total, a further 10 features have been programmed with the Ipswich Turf Club granted its first opportunity to host black-type racing this winter.

With back-to-back meetings at Doomben on June 20 and 27, the feature races move to Eagle Farm on July 4 with the Bright Shadow and a listed race for two-year-olds.

The following week the Sunshine Coast Turf Club will run the Group 3 Winx Guineas for the first time under its new moniker, along with the listed Glasshouse Handicap.

Finally, Ipswich will host the listed Eyeliner Stakes in addition to the Gai Waterhouse Classic on July 18 after successfully returning to racing last month.

“With the Magic Millions National Sale on the horizon, we wanted to provide some further feature racing, in particular for our fillies and mares,” RQ COO Adam Wallish said.

“The limited programme ensures we are able to host feature racing at Ipswich for the first time this year.

“We’re also looking forward to the Sunshine Coast being able to stage the Winx Guineas for the first time after her memorable victory in 2015 and for the Glasshouse to maintain its position on the racing calendar.”

Click here to see the additional feature races throughout June and July.