Jewel Day set to sparkle

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The $2 million Queensland Jewel Raceday is set to sparkle at the Gold Coast Turf Club this Saturday.

Having rapidly established itself as one of the most important meetings on the Queensland racing calendar, the nine-race card is headlined by the $500,000 Aquis 2YO QTIS Jewel and TAB 3YO QTIS Jewel, along with other key features including the $150,000 Gold Jewel, the Gold Coast Stakes and the TAB Miliary Rose Plate.

The two Jewel features are accompanied by a $10,000 breeders’ bonus to the winner, with the remaining races holding a double prize money incentive if the winner is QTIS-registered.

Now in its fourth year, the Queensland Jewel Raceday will feature a number of the state’s top juveniles, with unbeaten filly She’sgottheboom looking to cap off a stellar maiden preparation in the Aquis 2YO QTIS Jewel.

The 3YO iteration is littered with stars, highlighted by Rob Heathcote’s Group 2 winner Prince Of Boom and the now Sydney-trained Tiger Legend, leading the line against a field stacked with proven metropolitan winners.

Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said that there has never been a better time to buy, breed and race in the Sunshine State.

“The $2 million Queensland Jewel Raceday has now well and truly solidified its position as a key date on the Queensland racing calendar,” Mr Parnell said.

“QTIS continues to be recognised nation-wide as one of the most innovative and successful breeding schemes, providing both breeders and buyers with fantastic opportunities to continually re-invest in the Queensland racing industry.

“With some incredible racing programmed for Saturday, we look forward to showcasing our QTIS stars at the Jewel.”

Following on from the Jewel, the stars of the future will be on show as a part of the 2022 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.

Commencing on Monday, March 21, the two-day sale will take place at the famous Magic Millions Sales Complex, with 427 lots set to go under the hammer.

The 2021 iteration saw a record-breaking $14,462,500 grossed on 323 lots, sold at an average price of $44,776.

Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association President Basil Nolan said that both the Queensland Jewel Raceday and March Yearling Sale continue to raise the bar, highlighting the strength in the Queensland racing industry at present.

“QTIS has been a massive boost to the breeding industry in Queensland, and we’ve seen a number of our stallions like Spirit Of Boom and Better Than Ready really go to the next level which can be attributed to what I think is the best incentive scheme in the country,” Nolan said.

“Having this raceday that showcases QTIS is vitally important; to provide Queensland-bred two and three-year-olds the opportunity to race for half a million dollars is absolutely amazing, not to mention the double prize money on offer for QTIS-registered horses.

“Further, I firmly believe that QTIS has played a massive part in the record-breaking sale numbers we have seen here in Queensland over the last two years, and initiatives like the fillies bonus which sees them race for additional metropolitan prize money has given buyers all the more reason to invest here.”

Click here for more information on the 2022 Queensland Jewel Raceday.

Click here for full results from the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.