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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    50,000 expected to go racing this Winter at the Brisbane Racing Carnival

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    50,000 expected to go racing this Winter at the Brisbane Racing Carnival

    Racing Minister Grace Grace today officially launched the Brisbane Racing Carnival, set to be run over five consecutive Saturdays from May 13.

    Ms Grace said with almost $10 million of prizemoney on offer as well as world-class fashion and entertainment throughout the carnival, there was never a better time to go racing with the Brisbane Racing Club.

    “The Brisbane Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting events, renowned for attracting the best local, interstate and trans-Tasman gallopers and for unearthing future champions,” Ms Grace said.

    “Champion galloper Winx opened her 17-straight winning sequence with two wins in Queensland, including the Queensland Oaks in 2015, and she’s now rated the world’s number one turf horse.

    “This year’s carnival could unearth another future star but the action won’t just be confined to the track.

    “Fashion and entertainment will also take centre stage during the carnival, providing a touch of glamour that will help to attract 50,000 racegoers including 7,000 interstate and international visitors.

    “The carnival is also expected to deliver an estimated $32 million boost to the local economy, confirming Southeast Queensland’s reputation as a major events hotspot.

    “If you’re in the river city this winter, there’s no better place to be than at Eagle Farm or Doomben for the Brisbane Racing Carnival.”

    BRC Chairman Neville Bell said the club could promise exciting competition throughout the carnival, with 37 Group and listed races, including seven Group 1 races.

    “Our racing program has been tweaked slightly this year to provide a neater progression of races for all types of horses from the glamour sprinters to the stayers,” Mr Bell said.

    “We’re excited to be welcoming some of the biggest names in Australian and New Zealand racing this year. All eyes in the racing world will be on Brisbane this winter, and it is our time to shine.”

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548