RACING Queensland has launched an innovative scheme to lift the profile of its Grand Circuit event.
In a bid to entice more top level pacers to contest The Blacks A Fake next July, RQ will present a ‘Grand Final ticket’ to each of this season’s Grand Circuit winners.
Should that winner then contest The Blacks A Fake – which doubles as the last leg of the Grand Circuit – the ticket will be swapped with RQ for $10,000.
RQ’s Harness Development and Strategy Manager David Brick stated the bonus initiated to bolster the state’s Winter Carnival, which achieved record wagering turnover and interstate participation earlier this year.
“This bonus will further cement The Blacks A Fake as the Grand Circuit’s ‘Grand Final’,” Brick said.
Grand Final tickets have already been issued to last month’s Victoria Cup champion Tiger Tara and today’s New Zealand Cup star, Thefixer.
The Inter Dominion, which is scheduled to begin with heats in Melton on December 1, is the next Grand Circuit event, followed by the Auckland, WA and A G Hunter Cups and the Miracle Mile.
A pacer is only eligible for a Grand Final ticket with their first Grand Circuit win of the season.
Named in honour of the immortal Blacks A Fake, the Group One is programmed to be staged at Albion Park on the third Saturday in July with a $200,000 purse.
“Only truly good horses come to Queensland and win The Blacks A Fake, evidenced by Let It Ride’s demolition of the quality field earlier this year,” Brick said.
“The $10,000 bonus aims not only to attract Grand Circuit superstars to compete in The Blacks A Fake, but to further incentivise eligible stables to bring more horses to Queensland for the carnival.
“We received positive feedback from trainers last year in relation to the bonuses offered including the $20,000 trainers’ bonus won by Matthew Craven.”
RQ is expected to announce more Winter Carnival bonuses in the New Year.