Racing Queensland Reveal New Stakes Scheme

GREYHOUND racing north of the border will continue its remarkable ascension in 2022 with RQ releasing details for its recent stakes splurge.

Adam Dobbin

23 December 2021

GREYHOUND racing north of the border will continue its remarkable ascension in 2022 with Racing Queensland (RQ) releasing specific details around its recently announced prize money splurge.

In November, RQ revealed that greyhound racing would receive a $4.6m stakes boon in 2022 with $2.95m to be allocated to general events.

That announcement followed news in July of a $1.7m prize money surge.

From January 1, minimum prize money for any Queensland race will rise to $2180 with $1365 to the winner while the minimum metropolitan class 1 stake purse will be $8,080 where $5200 will go to the winner.

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Base prize money for sprint and distance racing have been further incentivised following industry feedback, with RQ to place a stronger emphasis on cultivating the staying ranks via additional opportunities and pathways for participants.

A strong focus has also been placed on the development of prize money for class four and six meetings with the returns for racing in the regional areas in Queensland never stronger.

Racing at Capalaba continues to go from strength-to-strength which is set to only continue under the new rollout with straight events to carry the same prize money as that allotted to short-course racing on circle tracks.

From the start of the new year unplaced prize money will double from $10 to $20 while appearance fees, currently $60 a starter, will increase to $80 for events from 498m to 699m and $100 for events over 700m.

A whopping $685,000 will be invested into Queensland group racing events with a further $313,000 going towards non-group feature races.

$150,000 will go towards Queensland-bred events which complements the current $2m locally bred sustainability package.