Call for Queensland winter carnival to be reinstated
Pressure is mounting on Racing Queensland to reverse its decision to scrap the winter carnival which was due to start later this month. The Brisbane Racing Club, breeders, and some trainers and owners are pushing for a scaled down carnival to be run in June and July after RQ cancelled all stakes racing because of uncertainty amid the coronavirus crisis. “Every other state has gone ahead with their carnivals.
South Australia had four black-type races on Saturday,” BRC chairman Neville Bell said.
“We accept prize-money cuts on the races are inevitable but for breeders, trainers and owners we should be running our main races. And Listed races are vital for breeders and owners.” Queensland breeders president Basil Nolan agreed and sent an email to all members to “rally” in a tough time. “The decision to scrap the carnival will impact on yearling sales catalogues for years if this continues” he said.