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The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association is thrilled with two announcements made this evening that will see Queensland racing further strengthen.
The Pattern Committee has decided to keep the Queensland Oaks in its current form, while Queensland Racing Limited has released extremely positive changes to the QTIS 600 initiative.

The TBQA negotiating committee comprising President, Basil Nolan, Bob Frappell, David Lucas and Neville Stewart, have reached agreement with Racing Queensland on an exciting new QTIS scheme to be introduced on August 1, 2012.

The revised scheme, to be known simply as QTIS, is a hybrid model consisting of benefits of both the QTIS and QTIS 600 schemes.
It will offer benefits of $9.255 million, with bonuses of $45,000 for two and three-year-olds in standard metropolitan races, $15,000 bonuses on provincial races and $5000 bonuses on country races.
“The benefit of this scheme is that the increased bonuses are afforded to eligible horses during their full two and three-year-old seasons,” said TBQA President, Basil Nolan.
Additionally, a restricted race series worth $380,000 has been implemented throughout regional Queensland, with these races showcasing two and three-year-old racing.
“This agreement is a great result for the Queensland racing and breeding industries and with eligible horses competing for $95,000 in standard two and three-year-old metropolitan races there has never been a better time to invest in the Queensland breeding industry,” Mr Nolan said.
“I would like to thank Queensland Racing for such positive input and I have no doubt that we will all see the benefits of this new QTIS scheme.”
After the TBQA surveyed our members, there was an overwhelming response to keep the Oaks as it is.
“The Queensland Oaks holds great form,” said Mr Nolan.
“It is a very competitive race that produces Group 1 winners and those results have been proven over many years.”
All except one of the past ten winners have trained on to win or be placed at Group 1, 2 or 3 level, four are multiple Group One winners, eight have won or been placed to fourth at Group One level, all except the past two winners are currently in foal to Group One Winning stallions.
The Queensland Oaks has produced the likes of Ethereal, Vouvray, Eskimo Queen, Riva San, Purple and this year’s winner Scarlett Lady, just to name a few of the champions.
Statistics prove that the horses who have won the Queensland Oaks from 2007-2010 have actually gone on to outperform the winners of both the AJC and VIC Oaks.
“I’m thrilled that the Pattern Committee has made this sensible decision as The Oaks is certainly needed to balance Queensland’s Group 1 races,” said Mr Nolan.

“I would particularly like to thank the hard work of TBQA member Jeff Kruger and the Courier Mail journalists Peter Howard and Nathan Exelby for their valuable submissions to save this race.”