Plenty of reasons to get into Rocky racing

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By Tony McMahon

IF ever you need convincing that the time has never been better than to invest in race horse ownership in Rockhampton, no matter how small the share may be, just read on.

At the two-day Autumn Racing Carnival in Rockhampton in just under three weeks’ time, a whopping $494,000 in prize money is there to be won.

That is the incredible amount on offer over Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at Callaghan Park racecourse.

Those two days precede Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale at which 100 yearlings will be offered on Sunday, April 14.

To be truthful, I must admit I had to do the figures twice to believe that almost $500,000 is on offer over the two days of racing.

The feature races on Saturday April 13, the $125,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) and the $75,000 CYS 3 & 4 YO Handicap (1300m) carry massive cash bonus should they be won by QTIS eligible horses.

So, what is QTIS?

QTIS stands for the Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme.

The owners of a QTIS registered horse receive a QTIS bonus when their horse finishes in the top three placings in any QTIS bonus race.

For instance, these bonuses are applicable to 2YO and 3YO races in the status of Metropolitan (Brisbane area); Provincial (including Rockhampton; Mackay; Townsville and Cairns as well as SEQ such clubs); Metropolitan Midweek and Country/Non-TAB meetings.

They are Metropolitan Saturday ($35,000); M Midweek ($12,000); Provincial ($12,000) and Country/Non-TAB ($5000.

Naturally those bonuses are added to the advertised race prize money which is also enticing in 2019.

Even more enticing is that if a filly runs in the top three the owners receive an extra 50% of the applicable bonus.

So, to demonstrate just how significant the Rockhampton prize money is for the two days above so mentioned, the CYS 2YO Classic will pay winning connections of a filly $85,250 plus an extra $5000 for the trainer!

That is many thousands of dollars more than the owners and the trainer will receive should their filly win the QTIS 2YO Fillies Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on the corresponding day.

That beckons beyond belief that Rockhampton juvenile racing is so rewarding and it also resonates as to why more people are no becoming involved in purchasing yearlings and racing them for such huge stakes.

Few people outside of racing realise just how lucrative the prize money is on offer at Callaghan Park race meetings.

The run of the mill QTIS 2YO and 3YO races run regularly in Rockhampton offer prize money of $31k and $37k.

Place prize money is also rewarding as it sits at $6750 (2nd); $3500 (3rd) and $900 (4th) in the case of fillies.

Where as once owning a racehorse was for the wealthy that is no longer the case as part-ownership can range from anything as low as 1% in some cases.

Even the smallest shareholder gets to say those prized words “my horse” and share the never to be gotten feeling of winning euphoria.

One race that the Rockhampton Jockey Club has targeted to entice country horses and their owners and trainers to Callaghan Park on Friday April 12 is the Country Cup BM 65 Handicap (1500m),

This race is restricted to horses that have started a minimum of three times at Non-TAB meetings this season and carries prize money of $25,000.

How about this for a bonus incentive?

Should the race be won by a horse that has won in the country since March 1, the winning prize money of $14,000 will be doubled to $28,000!

So, country trainers get on to your horses and head to Rocky over the three days from April 12 to 14 and better still line up to buy one of those 100 yearlings at the sale on the Sunday.

Tell ’em Tony sent you!

 

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