Winter carnival gets tick of approval

Top Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan has welcomed winter carnival prizemoney boosts and says Queensland is set to be rewarded with more “nice horses” in its best races.

Gollan makes particular mention of the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce becoming a $1 million race – receiving a $600,000 prizemoney bump from when it was last run in 2019.

The two-year-old race is one of the main lead-ups to the Group 1 JJ Atkins, a fortnight later, and is now worth the same money as the JJ.

“The two-year-old races in our winter carnival are pretty popular and the Sires is a significant race and they are they treating it as such as by throwing good money at it,” Gollan said.

“They will be well rewarded because they are probably going to get more nice horses for the carnival.”

There are $2million of prizemoney increases overall but Gollan highlighted new races for fillies and mares as top initiatives.

“There’s a a few new initiatives there and it all looks pretty good,” Gollan said.

“Any extra races they throw at the fillies and mares is all wanted, it’s a really good carnival for fillies and mares and this is only going to add to that.”

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller, who has often enjoyed huge success during the Queensland winter carnival, has also praised the winter carnival announcements.

On Friday, The Courier-Mail revealed how this year’s winter carnival had received a prizemoney boost to $20.5 million – a $2 million increase from the winter carnival two years ago.

It is a great tonic for the state’s racing industry after much of last year’s carnival was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s nine-race card at Eagle Farm shapes as a potentially important one for the future of the controversial track.

Trainers and jockeys are eager to see an improvement in the track after issues with track firmness and kickback at various meetings in recent times.

Originally published asQueensland winter carnival boost welcomed by top trainer

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