The Brisbane Racing Club is aiming for big numbers for its new $2.25 million Future Champion series this winter when nominations close on Friday.
The Queensland Winter Carnival has produced a long list of future Group 1 stars but the Brisbane Racing Club believes it can surpass even those numbers after a huge boost in prizemoney for three winter two-year-old races.
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The Group 2 Champagne Stakes (1200m) is now worth $250,000, the Group 2 Sires’ Produce (1400m) rises to $1 million, and the Group 1 J J Atkins Stakes (1600m) to $1 million.
BRC racing manager Matt Rudolph said the major part the Queensland winter has played in the success of many future champions was well documented.
“In recent years this two-year-old series which is run over 1200, 1400 and 1600m has produced winners of The Coolmore, Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas over those respective distances,” he said.
Jim Cassidy and Zoustar in full flight during the 2013 Queensland Winter Carnival.Source:News Limited
“Notably exceptional sprinters Zoustar and Brazen Beau were runners-up in the J.J. Atkins over a mile prior to winning the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight.
“For example just a few stars to come out of the winter juvenile races include The Autumn Sun, Zoustar, Brazen Beau, Press Statement, Sizzling, Darci Brahma, Show A Heart, Mossman, Mahogany, Winning Rupert and Melody Belle.”
Danleigh proves too strong at Eagle Farm in 2006. Picture: PeterWallisSource:News Limited
He said the prizemoney boost would also hopefully help restore the Sires’ Produce Stakes to Group 1 status.
The race was downgraded in 2006 when it was won by Danleigh, who went on to become a triple Group 1 winner.
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Originally published asBaby power to bolster winter carnival stocks
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