QTIS 600 proves its worth
QUEENSLAND Racing Limited (QRL) could not have wished for a better promotion for the amazing benefits of the QTIS 600 bonus scheme than the result of the 2YO Handicap (1000m) at Doomben in Brisbane last Saturday.
The winning trifecta of horses – Slice and Dice (by Jet Spur); The Barracks (Commands) and Gentle Giant (Ferocity) were all paid up for the QTIS 600 scheme and the extra prizemoney their owners received was simply remarkable.
The Liam Birchley trained Slice and Dice (Michael Cahill, $1.90) who scored by six lengths, won his owners a staggering $74,000, yet had he been non-QTIS he would have only won $32,000 in prizemoney.
The Barracks earned $22,000 for second placing while Gentle Giant’s owners collected a cool $11,000 for third placing.
The QRL’s racing manager Paul Brennan said he was delighted with the results and the benefits it is providing into the pockets of owners, trainers and jockeys throughout Queensland.
“Saturday’s result at Doomben was just the shot in the arm the QTIS 600 scheme needed. Already eligible youngsters in North and Central Queensland have returned handsome bonus prizemoney for their owners through wins and placings. When you think about it, the money the eligible QTIS 600 horses race for is simply staggering. I believe this scheme will result in strengthening racing throughout Queensland by improving the standard and size of horse pools eligible for big returns in prizemoney,” Brennan said.
The Capricornia beneficiaries of QTIS 600 purses, namely last Tuesday’s Rockhampton $20,000 recipient Elegance On Ice (Bradbury’s Luck) and Breeders Plate runner-up Phoebe For Me (Jet Spur) have gone on Christmas holidays.
The later, unplaced favourite behind Elegance On Ice reportedly failed to handle the Callaghan Park sand track and was shin-sore the next day.