$1 million in bonuses could be claimed at Eagle Farm
Boom gallopers Winning Rupert and Most Important could provide their connections with a perfect start to the New Year as they each vie for the $500,000 UBET Summer Crowns Bonus in their respective races at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Bjorn Baker-trained Winning Rupert won the 3YO Colts and Geldings Plate at Eagle Farm on December 3 before claiming the Gold Edition at Doomben two weeks later. The Written Tycoon colt now needs to win either the Vo Rogue Plate this weekend or the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on January 14 to claim the $500,000 bonus.
Meanwhile, Most Important from the Tony Gollan stable needs to win either the Buffering Handicap this weekend or the Magic Millions Sprint or Magic Millions Cup on January 14 to claim the $500,000 Sprinters Bonus. The 4YO gelding scored back to back wins in the Group 3 George Moore and the Lough Neagh earlier in the carnival to be eligible for the bonus.
UBET Head of Customer Experience Brad Tamer said the Summer Crowns Bonuses, which were a feature of the revamped Queensland Summer Carnival, were another sign of UBET’s ongoing commitment to support the Queensland industry. “To have a horse from Queensland and an interstate runner on the verge of winning these bonuses, coupled with all-star line-ups for the Origin Jockeys Series, has made for a strong summer of racing,” he said. “From UBET’s perspective, the earlier we have the top horses and jockeys in Queensland in the lead up to the Magic Millions, the better; and the Summer Crowns are a great incentive to get them here to take on Queensland’s best. “Good luck to the connections of both horses this weekend and congratulations to Racing Queensland on the success of the revamped Queensland Summer Carnival.”
Racing Queensland CEO Eliot Forbes said the amendments introduced to the Brisbane section of the Summer Carnival schedule provided a stronger lead-in to the Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast in two weeks.
“We will be returning to Eagle Farm on New Year’s Eve with six Black type races and significant prize money and bonuses on offer,” he said. “Our intention was to focus national thoroughbred racing attention on Queensland. Given the quality of racing expected, we have achieved the outcome we were seeking.”