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All TBQA members are invited to an open meeting this Friday, July 15th at Toowoomba Turf Club at 1pm.
The purpose is to discuss the planned changes to the QTIS and QTIS 600 schemes as proposed by Racing Queensland last week. (details follow)
If you would like to attend Friday’s meeting please rsvp to info@queenslandbreeders.com.au or 0412 026 540 by this Wednesday, July 13th.
Following calls from sections of the thoroughbred industry for increased mid-week and provincial prizemoney, Racing Queensland has put together a discussion paper in regards to the current QTIS and QTIS 600 schemes.
This discussions paper was conveyed to industry groups on Thursday 7 July 2011, with separate meetings conducted with the Owners, Trainers and Breeders.
Discussions centered around the integration of the bonus schemes, with a reallocation of excess funds to increase prizemoney levels and metropolitan mid-week and provincial racing.
Racing Queensland has requested feedback from each of the relevant associations on this paper and any other interested party can take the opportunity to email feedback to bleisemann@racingqueensland.com.au by July 21
All feedback needs to be accompanied with full contact details.
Government funding is needed immediately to conduct research into the deadly Hendra Virus.
TBQA President Basil Nolan says now is the perfect opportunity to thoroughly research HeV following these unprecedented five separate out breaks.
“This is the first time in the history of Hendra Virus research that we have a chance to study a cluster of outbreaks,” said Mr Nolan.
“These cases have all occurred within an eight day timeframe of each other. Why?”
Mr Nolan said now is the prime time to discover what, if any links there are between these properties regarding the trees, fruit and flowers which are the bat food source and if there were similar management practices on each affected property.
“To do that more money is needed and I would like to see the State and Federal Governments contribute to this desperately needed research immediately.
“We only have a short window of opportunity and we don’t want to miss it, time is of the essence.”
ROCKET TO $250,000
Mackay flyer Rocket to Glory led in a Raheen Stud quinella with a front-running victory in the $250,000 Geon Group QTIS 600 Plate (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Rocket To Glory (2g Shovhog – English Summer by Dodge) crossed from an outside barrier and cruised to a two length victory over fellow Shovhog youngster Noisy Ocean.
The QTIS scheme has been a godsend for the Queensland breeding industry and Raheen bred runners have led the charge this season.Full story here…

Strumming (Iglesia) was Saturday’s other impressive Queensland-bred metropolitan winner, with a victory in Race 4 at Eagle Farm.

Merlo Downs, near Rockhampton in Central Queensland, welcomes their Freshman Sire for 2011, El Nino.
El Nino has been described by legendary US Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas as a brilliantly fast front runner.
He won three races and placed five times in 15 starts at both Listed and Group level.
He is by Champion USA sire Stormcat, the sire of an incredible 174 Stakes winners, such as Giant’s Causeway, One Cool Cat, High Yield, Hold That Tiger etc.
El Nino’s dam Bay Harbor is by another American Champion in Forty Niner. She was the winner of two races at 2yo and is a half sister to Group 1 winner Boston Harbor and is also closely related to Champion USA sprinter Groovy.
Bay Harbor is the dam of nine foals, seven to race for six winners.
2011 will be El Nino’s first Australian season and he will stand for $5,500 (incl gst).
Most of us will never be lucky enough to win it, but here’s your chance to see the renowned Melbourne Cup up close and personal.
The 2011 Cup Tour is off and racing come August 1st, leaving Darwin and three Queensland towns are high on the itinery.
1999 Melbourne Cup winning jockey, the rider of Rogan Josh for Bart Cummings, John Marshall will be the Ambassador for the Queensland leg.
Valued at $175,000, The Cup will be in Rockhampton on Friday August 5, Tara on Sunday August 7 and Toowoomba on Monday August 8.
Each location has organised a special event to welcome The Cup and you can find out more by contacting the local Council or Turf Club to ensure you don’t miss out on being part of this historic tour.