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QTOA Chairman's Report - September 2023


The QTOA is excited to be joining forces with Ladbrokes in a new commercial partnership for the Spring Racing Carnival.


The new relationship with Ladbrokes not only provides the QTOA with vital revenue towards our day-to-day operations, it will also see the introduction of some exciting raceday events exclusive to QTOA members.


As part of the offering, Ladbrokes will host three functions for QTOA Members over the the Spring carnival with two events at the Brisbane Racing Club (Doomben and Eagle Farm) and one event in Townsville.


At Doomben and Eagle Farm, Ladbrokes will host groups of 30 QTOA Members in their exclusive Ladbrokes Chief de Beers Lounge.


In Townsville, we are working towards a larger event for 60 QTOA Members in the Ladbrokes Sports Bar.


Further information on how to secure your spot at one of these exclusive Member events is included in the QTOA Newsletter and on our QTOA website.



It is wonderful to have the support of such a well established and respected wagering provider which is willing to invest in Queensland racehorse ownership.


On behalf of the QTOA Board, we thank Ladbrokes for their support and we hope this is just the start of a mutually beneficial partnership.



QLD TO TRIAL 10-RACE CARDS


Racing Queensland has announced the commencement of a trial of 10-race cards on Saturday Metropolitan meetings starting on Saturday, October 7 running through until April.


The additional race will be re-allocated from Midweek Metropolitan meetings and increased to $50,000 - providing an additional $300,000 worth of prizemoney over the course of the trial.


Coinciding with this will be the introduction of earlier start times for selected night racing meetings, making them more twilight meetings in the new year.


These initiatives by RQ are designed to insulate our industry against the vagaries of seasonal wagering and other revenue drivers.


There will be a trial period to determine the success of the programs. QTOA supports these initiatives but is also mindful of the impact on the industry workforce. As part of the ATA we have addressed our concerns and are confident that there will be appropriate compensatory structures put in place should the trials be successful.


I hope everyone enjoys the Spring racing carnival and the very best of luck to all our Queensland horses making the trip south.

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