Brisbane Racing Club secures free-to-air deal for winter carnival features

THE five days of the Brisbane Racing Club winter carnival received a major boost on Saturday with confirmation Racing.com would broadcast each of the Group 1 days across its entire spectrum, including free to air.

“To achieve free-to-air television coverage is a great benefit to our racing product because our races will be visible to many who might not normally have the opportunity to enjoy coverage,” Racing Queensland Chief Executive Eliot Forbes said.

“We expect that this coverage will also promote wagering in Queensland to a new audience and ensure as many people as possible enjoy the thrill of racing.”

Racing.com CEO Andrew Catterall said the deal would “help grow the national audience and wagering” for the carnival through coverage on free-to-air, Foxtel, streaming and digital platforms. Racing.com is a joint venture with the Seven Network, which has broadcast Stradbroke day for many years.

 

Racing Queensland CEO Eliot Forbes is delighted to have free-to-air coverage of the Brisbane winter carnival. Picture: Tara Croser
      

BRC Chairman Neville Bell acknowledged Tabcorp for “their assistance in enabling this opportunity”. “We will have a unique opportunity to showcase to a greater national audience than ever before,” Bell said.

The broadcast announcement followed a substantial increase in entries for the seven Group 1 races over the carnival.

“These numbers are a strong indication that the Carnival will be well supported with Queensland playing host to the best of local, interstate and international stables,” Forbes said.

Doomben Cup next for amazing Articus

ARTICUS announced himself as the Doomben Cup wildcard by showcasing his talent at Flemington on Saturday. Articus was bumped off a flight to Queensland on Friday and instead scored a big win at Flemington under 60kg.

“Before the turn I had him stoked and ready to fire and I didn’t expect him to pick them up that quick,” jockey Brad Rawiller said. “Over the last bit it was a matter of keeping him interested. I was switching the whip over left and right, making sure he didn’t clock right off.”

Articus was promoted to second favourite for the Cup behind It’s Somewhat in some markets last night. He was considered good enough to start $9 in the Caulfield Cup and trainer Darren Weir has told owners Australian Bloodstock he won’t be dodging anything with him and he looks a live player now.

It’s somewhat optimistic

EACH year a number of the beaten division go home from the Hollindale believing they can turn the tables on the winner in the Doomben Cup and on Saturday there was a long queue of those wanting to make cases as to why It’s Somewhat is vulnerable next time.

Trainer John Thompson is thrilled to have Maurus back to the kind of form that had him firing at this carnival last year. Thompson feels Maurus is poised to improve on his unlucky fifth to Our Ivanhowe in last year’s Doomben Cup.

 

It’s Somewhat showed he will be hard to beat in the Doomben Cup. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography
       

“He’s probably just a run short and the track was playing against us too,” Thompson said. “The leaders have been advantaged and he had to make a long run second up. The Doomben Cup is the race we’ve set him for and I think he’s right on target.”

Jockey Kathy O’Hara said she was proud of runner-up Single Gaze and praised her toughness. “(She) threw down the gauntlet to the Donny (Doncaster) winner and fought hard. Bring on the Cup!”

Trainer Desleigh Forster was delighted with Cylinder Beach’s effort. “Have a look at the film,” she said after the multiple stakes winner had little luck securing a run in the straight.

AQUIS breeding success

AQUIS Farm continues to make huge inroads in the Australian breeding scene.

Through the week they announced the acquisition of Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet to stand at their newly acquired Emirates Park Stud base in the Hunter Valley. Aquis also share in many horses with the China Horse Club, including yesterday’s Ken Russell winner Taking Aim.

Punters back Bowman

HUGH Bowman had an outstanding book on paper and punters were happy to cop the tip at the Gold Coast on Saturday. His winners Religify ($3.10-$2.70), Dawn Wall ($4.20-$3.80) and Taking Aim ($5-$3.80) were all market movers. Conversely, his only two losing mounts, Nancy and Preferment, were market drifters.

 

Hugh Bowman was the punters’ pal at Gold Coast, snaring three winners. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography
      

Dissolution will come on

CHRISTIAN Reith tipped a big future for Ken Russell Memorial runner-up Dissolution. “He will be a really good horse come the spring,” Reith said of the Snitzel colt. Dissolution only narrowly missed gunning down the well-backed Taking Aim.

Story Courtesy Nathan Exelby – Brisbane Courier Mail

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