Increases in greyhound race purses welcomed
SIGNIFICANT increases to prizemoney for greyhound racing in Queensland have kicked in.
Thoroughbred and trotting events have seen a healthy rise in their prizemoney too.
The increases have come about because of the long-term funding arrangement put together earlier this year between control body Racing Queensland, betting company Tattsbet and the Queensland Government.
I never thought I'd see the day when it would be worth more to win a maiden or fifth grade race in Queensland than in NSW or Victoria. But that's what's happened.
Take Ipswich as an example.
The club's major night of the week is Saturday. In an effort to compare apples with apples, you would say Dapto and Bulli in NSW are the same standard of meeting. In Victoria, it would be Geelong, Ballarat or Bendigo.
A maiden race at Ipswich on a Saturday night is now worth $2000, of which the winner receives $1400. At Bulli or Dapto it's $1185 in total with $830 to the winner. At Ballarat, Bendigo or Geelong, it's $1415 with $900 to the winner.
A fifth grade or novice at Ipswich on a Saturday night over 431 metres is $2750 in total with $1925 to the winner. Over 520 metres it's $3250, of which the winner collects $2275.
At Bulli or Dapto it's $1550 in total with $1080 to the winner. At Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong, a fifth grade winner collects $1325 from a total prizemoney of $1890.
Feature races in NSW and Victoria are significantly higher than Queensland.
The richest we have are group one events at Albion Park worth $75,000 to the winner.
The Melbourne Cup is worth a whopping $420,000 to the winner.
The Golden Easter Egg in Sydney is of $250,000 to the winner.
If Queensland never matches those levels, who cares? But given that around 80% of races run are maiden, novice or fifth grades, plenty of Queensland owners and trainers are now enjoying a fruitful reward for a win in those events.
RACING Queensland has announced that prizemoney for Tuesday's John Young Memorial final at the Ipswich Showgrounds has been raised by $1000.
The final will now be worth $3500 after being previously advertised as $2500.
RQ felt that semi-feature races such as the John Young should be increased, otherwise they would be behind or have the same prizemoney as regular fifth grade races, due to the latest across the board increases.
John Young was a committeeman of the now-defunct Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club and a mighty fine greyhound trainer. When the Gold Coast track was closed in 2008, the race was moved to Ipswich.
Heat winners last Tuesday were Ruby's In Yellow (Ted Neal) 30.61, Astound Ya (Gloria Falla) 30.64, Strong Stanley (Reg Hazelgrove) 30.99 and Flash Houdini (Amy O'Reilly) 31.04.
The box draw for the final will be done today.
Dog racing at Kilcoy?
ON Sunday, I'm calling the dual code TAB meeting at Kilcoy where there are seven gallops and three trotting races on the day.
I jokingly said to the club president Con Searle recently that I wouldn't be surprised if the progressive Kilcoy club conducts greyhound races at some stage. To which he replied, we're thinking of it, racing behind a drag lure down the home straight.
Stranger things have happened.
That used to happen at the Wyong track in NSW.
DAYLIGHT saving kicks in south of the border on Sunday.
That means the Ipswich Tuesday and Friday twilight meetings from next week will start around 3pm rather than 4pm our time.
There won't be much change to the Saturday night starting time of around 6.50pm.
GO hard or go home.
THE Tattsbet-sponsored charity bet ran yet another placing last week. The $50-each-way bet on Yada Yada Yada, which paid $1.80 for a place, collected $90.
For this week, I've looked to tomorrow night's Ipswich meeting.
The bet is $50 each way on race seven, number two. It's the Ron Ball-trained Tiny Turner.