Queensland Minister for Racing Steve Dickson
Tattersall’s Tiara A Crowning Moment For Winter Racing
Victor P Taffa
Brisbane’s successful Winter Racing Carnival is set to continue at Eagle Farm this Saturday with the Tattersall’s Tiara race day.
Racing Minister Steve Dickson said Tattersall’s Racing Club had moved into the major league of thoroughbred race meetings, with prizemoney across the eight races of the day totalling close to $1.2 Million.
“This is a key race meeting for the Winter Racing Carnival, adding to the impressive credentials of the Tattersall’s Racing Club, whose long tradition of involvement in racing dates back almost 150 years.” Mr. Dickson said.
“The Tattersall’s Tiara feature race is aptly named. It stands out as the club’s crowning achievement in racing.”
“The Winter Racing Carnival provides a real boost for the Brisbane economy and highlights the racing industry’s vital commercial contribution to our state, as well as providing great sporting and social events.”
More than 50,000 racegoers are expected to attend at least one of the five meetings of the carnival, which commenced on 13 May and would conclude with a second Tattersall’s meeting at Eagle Farm on 13 July.
“It’s another way the Newman Government is restoring confidence and excitement in the sport across Queensland, continuing to deliver on its election commitment to rejuvenate the industry.” Mr. Dickson said.
“Winter racing is now a major event on Queensland’s sporting tourism calendar, attracting interstate and overseas visitors who want to experience the best horse racing on offer in Australia at this time of year.”
Tattersall’s Racing Club secretary Ross Parrott said the race day would combine thoroughbred racing with fashions on the field and fund raising for charity.
“There’s been a great deal of planning and preparation to make sure that a big crowd can enjoy a great day at the races.” Mr. Parrott said.
“The Fashions on the Field competition will be very keenly contested and is sure to draw plenty of interest from many racegoers.”
Mr. Parrott said the Children’s Health Foundation would be the beneficiaries of a sweep-style draw based on the Tattersall’s Tiara race, with first prize diamond earrings worth $9,500.