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Queensland Racing are following the recent trend of bolstering prize pools for their biggest races with the announcement that the growing Winter Carnival will now boast seven one million dollar events in Brisbane

Queensland Racing Carnival boosted by prize money increases

Two races that immediately jump out on the new funding increases are the Group 1 Doomben Cup and the Group 1 Queensland Derby which see prize money increased from $700,000 and $600,000 to $1m each.

Racing Queensland have also added incentives for trainers with a budding crop of three year olds by offering $100,000 cash to a horse that runs first or second in the Queensland Derby and then backs that up with a top three finish in the $1.2m Q22.

Chief Executive for Racing Queensland, Brendan Parnell confirmed as well that there was more to come with final touches being made to next years schedule.

“There’s significant prizemoney investments for next year’s winter carnival,” Parnell said.

“We want to hero Queensland, so there’s further enhancements set for Oaks Day, including the introduction of the Q22 bonuses to attract the best three-year-olds to the grand final event.

“We’re looking forward to it being our most exciting winter carnival yet, with the superstars of Australian racing once again in attendance.”

Racing Queensland could arguably boast the best carnival for years after the likes of Zaaki, Incentivise and Sierra Sue won black type titles in QLD before heading south of the border to dominate in the Spring. 

Incentivise in particular dominated the Queensland distance races before travelling to Melbourne and winning three Group 1s and finishing second in the Melbourne Cup.

“Having seven races worth $1m or more will take the Stradbroke Season to another level,” Brisbane Racing Club chief executive Tony Partridge said.

“This year’s revamped carnival proved a terrific launching pad for Spring stardom, with no less than six individual Group 1 winners graduating from the Stradbroke Season, highlighted by Incentivise and Zaaki.

“With an additional two races brought up to $1 million status, it is a fantastic drawcard for our 2022 carnival.”

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