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Horse Racing in Queensland

At Adrenaline, we’re proud to be a Brisbane-based business, challenging the historical dominance of racing in New South Wales and Victoria and making the most of Queensland’s temperate climate to get the best out of our owner’s horses. We want to build successful horse racing syndicates in Brisbane.

Here are just a few of the things we love about racing in Queensland.

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival

Sydney has autumn racing and Melbourne claims spring, but the racing world turns its attention to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The best racing comes to Queensland for the Carnival, which is held annually in May and June. Feature races include the Doomben Cup, the Doomben 10,000, the Queensland Oaks and the iconic Stradbroke Day.

In 2011, around 68,000 people attended the Carnival and the crowds swelled in 2012 to see Black Caviar win the Group 1 Brisbane Turf Club (BTC) Cup.

Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme (QTIS)

The successful QTIS series is a program to promote the buying and racing of Queensland bred horses and means a windfall for owners.

As of August 2015 a total of up to $13M in bonuses will be offered on top of standard prizemoney for eligible Queensland-bred and bred-back horses in identified QTIS races including:    

  • Bonuses of $35K allocated to two and three-year-old races at metropolitan meetings on Saturdays and public holidays (totalling $2.6M).
  • Bonuses of $10K allocated to metropolitan mid-week meetings (totalling $420K).
  • Bonuses of $12K allocated to provincial TAB meetings (totalling $3.6M).
  • Bonuses of $5K allocated to country non-TAB meetings (totalling $925K).

100% of 2YO and 3YO races conducted within Queensland will carry QTIS bonuses and QTIS will be expanded to include 4YO’s in nominated and selected races right across the state.

Magic Millions

The Magic Millions has become synonymous with racing in Queensland since Gerry Harvey and John Singleton bought this Gold Coast auction house in 1997.

With typical aplomb, these Australian business identities teamed their yearling sales with a racing carnival that has commanded national and international interest.

All yearlings listed and sold at any recognised Magic Millions Yearling Sale are eligible for the Magic Millions Race Series. These closed races are only for Magic Millions graduates and prizemoney totals $11.19M. This includes the lucrative $2M Magic Millions 2YO Classic, which is one of the richest races in Australia as well as 17 other races across six states.