By Jordan Gerrans
The impressive QBRED bonuses on offer and Bling It On’s outstanding racing record in Brisbane is behind the decision to stand the former star pacer in Queensland for the upcoming breeding season.
The six-time Group 1 winner retired following his stunning career with well over $1 million in prize money to his name.
Cobbitty Equine Farm earlier this month announced Bling It On will be standing in Queensland this season.
Leading reinsman Luke McCarthy, who also runs Cobbitty Equine Farm, says QBRED bonuses and his retired pacer's Queensland success earlier in his career made it an easy decision to make.
QBRED is an incentive scheme delivering over $3 million in additional returns for breeders and owners of harness horses bred and racing in Queensland.
“The QBRED system, the way Racing Queensland has put on the bonuses, it is very enticing for breeders when you look at races like the TRIAD and all that,” McCarthy said.
“A lot of western districts breeders bred to Bling It On and a lot of guys like to get a QBRED as they spend a lot of the winter in Queensland, we thought he would be well suited to that.”
Some of harness racing’s biggest stars have been QBRED-registered, including Blacks A Fake, Be Good Johnny, Forever Gold, Majestic Mach, Leo’s Best, Bettor Promise, Bettorthanspecial, Catcha Lefty, Colt Thirty One and Smart As Camm Be.