The Queensland Cup is set to attract the nation’s premier stayers to the Sunshine State this winter, with confirmation that event will receive a $75,000 increase in 2022.
The $225,000 Group 1 feature will shine on the TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival’s premier evening at Albion Park on July 7, with more than $845,000 in prize money up for grabs in what is one of Australian greyhound racing’s biggest nights.
The evening will also feature the Group 1 Brisbane Cup, to be run for a record $525,000 as announced late last year, firmly entrenching it amongst the nation’s richest and most prestigious greyhound races.
This morning’s announcement headlines a number of further prize money enhancements for the 2022 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival, following increases for the first four weeks of the schedule announced earlier this month.
The re-imagined Winter Carnival, which commences May 19, showcases 13 Group and Listed races, with more than $1.9 million in total prize money on offer across six feature evenings.
RQ Executive General Manager Operations Adam Wallish said that increases for both the Queensland and Brisbane Cups ensures that the Carnival will continue to entice Australia’s top greyhounds to the Sunshine State.
“The significant prize money enhancements across the board throughout the Winter Carnival are a testament to the strength of the greyhound racing code at present,” he said.
“The Queensland Cup remains the Winter Carnival’s Grand Final for stayers, and this deserved $75,000 increase will ensure it attracts a line up befitting of the race’s status.
“The Brisbane Cup remains our showpiece race in Queensland, and now sits amongst the nation’s richest sprint races as a result of its $150,000 uplift.”
The popular Origin Greyhound Series this year makes the move to a new position on the calendar, acting as the finale for the Carnival’s closing night on July 14.
The evening will coincide with the NRL’s State of Origin decider in Brisbane on July 13, with Ben Hannant (Queensland) and Terry Hill (NSW) set to renew their rivalry and lock horns once again as the respective series coaches.
The Origin Greyhound Series will once again feature two Group 3 races – the Origin Sprint and Origin Distance – where competing dogs will be selected by Queensland and NSW respectively.
Both Group 3 events – previously run for $60,000 – have received a $15,000 uplift in 2022, as has the Listed Origin Match Race, which will now hold a $45,000 purse.
The evening will also feature the Regional Origin Challenge and Queensland Emerging Origin Stars (all run over 520 metres).
“The Origin Greyhound Series is a fitting way to bring down the curtain on what is set to be another stellar TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival,” Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club CEO Luke Gatehouse said.
“A sea of maroon and sky blue descended upon Albion Park last year for Origin night, and we hope to see the Queenslanders take out this year’s series following a narrow defeat in 2021.
“As a whole, this year’s Winter Carnival is our most exciting yet, and we anticipate strong interest from across the nation.”
The Carnival commences this Thursday evening with both the Brisbane Young Guns and Carnival Chase – run as $37,500 Group 3 events for the first time – before the Club’s 50-year anniversary celebration evening on June 2.
The $150,000 Group 2 Flying Amy Classic on June 16 will remain Queensland’s richest event for age-restricted greyhounds, – almost tripling in prize money over the last three years.
Meanwhile, the famous ‘Super Night’ on June 23 will once again feature a race from each of the five distances contested at Albion Park (331m, 395m, 520m, 600m, 710m), headlined by a pair of Group 3s – the Super Stayers and Super Sprinters.
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