Discussion Paper Released on Future of Queensland Oaks / Queensland / 30 May, 2011

Racing Queensland (RQL) and Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) have released a joint discussion paper to assist in a review of the conditions for the Queensland Oaks.

RQL and BRC have discussed the benefit of extending the age conditions of the Queensland Oaks to enable mares to compete and both organisations are keen to seek external views in relation to this issue.

RQL Director of Product Development Mr Paul Brennan said he appreciates that this issue has the potential to invoke some meaningful discussion and does not expect that all sections of the industry will be in support of this concept.

“We are however seeking constructive feedback to canvass all possible ideas,” said Mr Brennan.

There are some key issues that RQL and BRC are grappling with in assessing the benefits of this proposal. Relevant key industry groups and stakeholders are asked to consider the issues outlined below before providing feedback:

> With five Group 1 three year old fillies races of 2,000 metres and above, is it appropriate that the longest Group 1 race eligible to mares is only 1600 metes.

> Is the Queensland Oaks suitably positioned to provide an opportunity for mares to acquire Group One status in a race of 2000 metres and above, and would this be an enhancement to the Australian Pattern?

> If it is considered that the Qld Oaks should remain in its current three year old - 2400m format, how can its rating be improved?

“The Queensland racing industry has a track record of delivering a completely structured platform of feature races that provide maximum opportunity and enable natural progression,” said Mr Brennan.

“We understand this option is a step away from the traditional Oaks, but it is important that all avenues are investigated so as to provide opportunity for all types of horses to acquire black type.”

The full discussion paper is available by CLICKING HERE and interested parties are requested to provide feedback by close of business, Monday June 13, 2011.