Monster Purse For Flying Amy

Connections in Thursday's heats of the Flying Amy Classic are in the running for a potential huge windfall after RQ announced significant prizemoney increases.

Adam Dobbin

10 June 2019

Queensland. Beautiful one day, perfect – or should we say – richer, the next!

Connections of runners engaged in Thursday night’s heats of the Flying Amy Classic (520m) at Albion Park are in the running for a potential huge windfall after Racing Queensland announced significant prizemoney increases late last week.

With owners and trainers readying themselves for a tilt at the group 3 series, initially set to carry $25,000 to-the-winner, Racing Queensland’s recent $1.5 million prizemoney splurge means this year’s series, commencing Thursday night, will carry a $75,000 winner’s purse on June 20.

For greyhounds whelped on or after December 1, 2016, some hugely promising types are heading north for the series, named in recognition of champion Hall of Fame Queenslander Flying Amy.

The Ipswich Cup joins the Flying Amy Classic in receiving additional funding to support group 1 status, with the boon currently underway with greyhound racing north of the border showing no signs of abating.

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GREYHOUND racing north of the border is set for another significant cash injection with Racing Queensland introducing a further $1.5 million funding package on top of the $3.5 million increase rolled out late last year.

The prize money splurge, which comes at a time that Queensland greyhound racing continues on an upward spiral – with the introduction of TAB racing at Capalaba and Bundaberg proving increasingly popular – will see a raft of prize money increases, including the Ipswich Cup gaining group 1 status.

“By allocating funds in such a broad manner across all three codes, RQ aims to drive improved field sizes which benefits wagering revenues which underpin our industry,” said RQ CEO Brendan Parnell.

On top of the Ipswich Cup receiving group 1 status funding ($110k), so to has the Flying Amy Classic at Albion Park, while class 2,3,5 and 6 racing has received an additional $525 per event.

Racing Queensland’s aggressive prize money increases further consolidates the state’s standing as the most progressive and proactive in the country, with participants, across all three codes, the real winners.

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A $10.5 million funding package will be delivered to Racing Queensland’s three codes from next week.

Late last year, the Queensland Government announced it would fund a $26 million prize money increase for the thoroughbred code to be delivered in two stages. They were:

– An immediate $18 million increase effective November 1, 2018; and

– A further $8 million in six months following the implementation of reform measures.

At the same time, the Government and RQ agreed to co-fund a $5.5 million increase for the greyhound and harness codes in 2018, with RQ providing an additional $2.5 million in 2019 following the implementation of similar reform measures.

Across the three codes, $34 million will be delivered to address industry viability and long-term sustainability with the latest funding increase to commence from June 17.

“Racing Queensland remains extremely grateful to the Queensland Government for their funding support,” RQ Chairman Steve Wilson said.

“As an industry, we were committed to delivering reform measures and enhancing our viability, long-term sustainability and competitiveness with other racing jurisdictions.

“Over the past six months, significant progress has been achieved, and while more work still needs to take place, I look forward to further progress as we deliver on our strategic and commercial priorities.”

As part of the additional $8 million in thoroughbred funding, RQ will abolish starters’ fees to significantly reduce the cost to race in Queensland.

“The removal of starters’ fees will benefit all thoroughbred representatives,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“We’ve also made a concerted effort to elevate mid-week metropolitan prizemoney, while our SEQ participants indicated that a weekly feature race would be warmly received.”

Late last year, the greyhound code received a $3.5 million increase and a further $1.5 million will now commence, while the harness code earlier received a $2 million increase and will now realise an additional $1 million.

“By allocating funds in such a broad manner across all three codes, RQ aims to drive improved field sizes which benefits wagering revenues which underpin our industry,” Mr Parnell said.

Thoroughbred highlights include:

– Removal of starters fee: $2.5m benefit to owners across all Queensland race meetings;

– Metropolitan Saturday restricted races increased from $45k to $50k (+10%);

– Metropolitan mid-week prizemoney raised from $30k to $35k (+17%);

– Mid-week metropolitan maidens raised to $27.5k (+10%);

– A feature $30k race to be programmed at SEQ Provincial meetings on a weekly basis (GCTC, ITC and SCTC); and

– Northern Provincial midweek increased to $17,000 and Saturday Provincial 2 meetings to $15,000.

Greyhound highlights include:

– Classes 2 and 3 races to rise by $525 (+15-20%);

– Classes 5 and Class 6 races to rise by $525 (+22-25%);

– Appearance fees to increased to $60 per starter (+20%); and

– Ipswich Cup and Flying Amy increased to $110k to become Group 1 races.

Harness highlights include:

– All standard Friday races increased to minimum $6,500;

– All standard Tuesday races increased to minimum $8,000;

– Minimum stakes for Redcliffe Wednesday and Thursday meetings increased to $4,000 (+14%); and

– Sunshine Sprint increased to $100k and returns to Group 1 status.