Record prize money for Capricornia Yearling Sale Racing Carnival

Published 24 November 2022

Ian Mill, CEO Rockhampton Jockey Club

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The Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) has announced a sizeable prize money increase and race program expansion for the Capricornia Yearling Sale Racing Carnival scheduled for autumn 2023.

Actual stakes money for Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) on Saturday, April 1 has increased from $125,000 to $150K with QTIS bonuses an added extra.

As well, the CYS 3&4YO Classic (1300m) run that day will rise from $75K to $100,000 with the prestigious Saturday race day having an extra race added to make it a seven-race card.

Furthermore, the semi-feature races over both days, the Country Cup (1600m) and the Lord Mayor’s Cup (1200m) will now increase by $10,000 each to carry a $30K prize pot.

It all adds up to an injection of an additional $107,000 in prize money over the two days of the carnival which precede the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 2.

RJC CEO Ian Mill said the increases in stakes and addition of an extra race was a big positive for the city’s racing and its stakeholders.

“My club is very appreciative of Racing Queensland for being so proactive in making these increases possible after the RJC sought it to revisit the two days of racing with the request of additional prize money.

We believe what RQ has done will focus more impetus on both days of racing as well as being an added and very positive incentive for the sale of yearlings at the CYS as well. I see it as a big bonus for Rockhampton racing in general”, Mill said.

He said RQ’s Executive GM Operations, Adam Wallish had told him that the CYS and the two associated race meetings were pivotal to regional breeding and racing in Queensland.

“RQ recognise this and consequently as a result the prize money incentives are very important”, Mill concluded.

In total, the revision of the two race meetings means a massive $524,000 in stakes will be offered.

The combined prize money for five autumn Callaghan Park race dates Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, Thursdays April 13 and 20 and Rocky Amateurs, Sunday, April 30 will amount to almost $2M.

It is highly feasible that the stakes on offer for the Rocky Amateurs “The Archer” race day will break the million dollars mark making it an all-time record for a Callaghan Park race meeting.

The off spin from such lucrative race meetings and Carnival such as the above mentioned equates to a huge boost for the Rockhampton, Capricorn Coast and Central Queensland economies.

“I am sure more trainers will target the CYS Racing Carnival once word of its positive expansion spreads. The yearling sales alone bring hundreds of people from the breeding industry and its bases around the Darling Downs to Rockhampton. The hospitality industry is a big winner there and the off shoots of their presence is widespread.

It’s all very positive for Rockhampton racing and the community. Then to have the month topped off by The Archer and all it brings in visiting stakeholders, visitors and entities to Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast is colossal”, Mill said which was endorsed by race club chair persons Rob Carr and Bill Reid.

Breeders are invited to nominate now for the 2023 Capricornia Yearling Sale

Tony McMahon


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