On Saturday, May 15, Brisbane’s esteemed Doomben Racecourse will officially kick off the 2010 Channel Seven Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival when they host Racefest.
Racefest is a day full of elite racing action, music, food, drinks and other entertainment, headlined by the first Group 1 race of the Brisbane winter carnival.
Below is a brief preview of this Saturday’s Racefest as well as the other major racedays planned for the entire carnival, including dates, scheduled entertainment and of course the great Group races set to run at each meeting.
The first three of the racedays take place at Doomben, and all the latest previews and results will be posted to this site. The final two race meetings of the carnival then take place at Eagle Farm. To keep informed on the big events happening there, visit Eagle Farm Races.
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Saturday May 15 – Racefest at Doomben:
Racefest features the opening Group 1 race of the carnival, the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m). Many elite local and interstate sprinters start their campaign in the BTC Cup on their way to the other Group 1 features at the carnival.
The other two highlight events at Racefest are the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) for three-year-olds at set weights often on their way to next week’s Doomben Cup, and the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).
Entertainment includes Ricki-Lee Live in Concert.
Saturday May 22 – Kirks Doomben Cup Day at Doomben:
The second meeting of the carnival is a cracker, boasting one of the most exciting race cards packed full of group events.
The scheduled highlight is the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m).
There are then six other Group status races taking place on the day:
$150,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) for two-year-olds
$175,000 Group 3 The Doomben Roses (2020m) for three-year-old fillies
$125,000 Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) formerly called the BTC Sprint
$125,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m)
$100,000 Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m)
$150,000 Group 3 Moreton Stakes (1350m) for fillies & mares.
Entertainment includes Packed to the Rafters stars signing autographs and the Bat Tower vertical drop ride.
Saturday May 29 – Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 at Doomben:
The final raceday of the Brisbane Winter Carnival to be held at Doomben Racecourse features the track’s richest race, the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
Entertainment includes an appearance by racing superstar Takeover Target as well as a Fashions on the Field competition.
Saturday June 5 – Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm
The racing action of the Brisbane Winter Carnival then moves onto Eagle Farm racecourse with an elite meeting highlighted by the $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m), which is the premier fillies only race of the carnival.
Queensland Oaks Day is also known as Ladies Day and is also home to four high class Group 2 events:
$250,000 Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) for two-year-olds
$250,000 Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) formerly called the PJ O’Shea Stakes
$150,000 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m)
$200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper (1400m) for fillies & mares.
Saturday June 12 – AAMI Stradbroke Day
The closing meeting of the Brisbane Winter Carnival is by far the most anticipated of all, boasting three Group 1 features.
The richest and most prestigious Queensland race is the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and this year will be the 120th running of the time-honoured event.
The two other Group 1 events at the meeting are the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and the $500,000 Group 1 T.J. Smith (1600m) for three-year-olds and then two-year-olds at set weights, respectively.
For an easy-to-view 2010 Brisbane Winter Carnival Racedays & Events Calendar click here.