Date adjustment eases way for inaugural $100,000 Cup

By TONY McMAHON ? THE inaugural $100,000 Rockhampton Cup to be run next year is likely to figure in an important date change which will avoid a clash with the prestigious Ipswich Cup (2015m).

In recent years both Cups have been run on the same Saturday in June but the proposed change of date of Rockhampton's Show Day holiday has led to the restructuring of the 2006 Rockhampton Winter Racing Carnival.

Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) executive-manager Bruce Slattery said yesterday that originally his committee had penned in Saturday, June 17, 2006, for the first "hundred grand'' Cup but because of the change of the gazetted Show Day Holiday to Thursday, June 8, 2006, changes had to be made.

"The committee had to have a complete revamp of the Winter Racing Carnival dates and in principle quite a few changes have been made. As it turns out the Sunshine Coast Turf Club has also had to alter a race date for the same reason that the Show date there has also been changed,'' Slattery said.

Originally the 2006 Rocky Carnival race dates ran from Friday, June 2, until Saturday, June 17.

Now it is planned to give Friday, June 2, to the Sunshine Coast which in return will exchange Sunday, March 26, 2006, to the RJC which will become a TAB fixture at which the rich Capricorn Sales 2YO Classic will be scheduled.

The RJC Winter Carnival will commence with the Girls' Grammar races on Saturday, June 3, followed by the $70,000 Newmarket Handicap (1300m) meeting on Friday, June 9.

"Our first $100,000 Rockhampton Cup will then be run the next day on Saturday, June 10. It well may work in our favour as the Ipswich Cup is scheduled for the following Saturday, on June 17,'' Slattery said.

The RJC will still schedule a TAB meeting for Thursday, June 15, while Saturday, June 17, 2006 will become a betting meeting at Callaghan Park to facilitate punters for the Ipswich Cup program.

Slattery stressed that the dates had been approved only in principle and required approval of Queensland Racing. He said Rockhampton racing would benefit by the change of scheduling of the Capricorn Sales Classic to the Sunday TAB meeting in March.

"We hope to have Live Trackside there from Sky and we will make it a big day.

" This will also allow the club to program an extra juvenile race open for all youngsters, not just Capricorn Sales horses, on our TAB meeting on Friday, March 24. This has been badly needed,'' Slattery said.

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