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The Queensland Summer Racing Carnival returns for 2017-18 following the successful re-vamping in 2016-17 that saw some superb highlights and stars emerge, none brighter than Houtzen when the filly secured a memorable Magic Millions win.
The start point for the carnival will once again be the Keith Noud Classic and will run across summer at Doomben, Gold Coast and wrap up with the Sunshine Coast Cup in late January.
Hugely successful will be the Triple Crown races, with this year Winning Rupert having a race named in his honour after he went so close to securing the rich bonus last year, falling just short when he could only manage 4th in the Magic Millions Guineas.
The Summer Carnival takes in such races as the Lough Neagh Stakes, the Bernborough Handicap and the jewel in the crown, the Magic Millions. The 2018 edition of the Gold Coast feature raceday will offer $10million in prizemoney across the card.
Returning will be the hotly contested Origin Jockey Series. The 2017 Series will be held over three days on the weekend of December 8-10 taking in two days at Doomben and then the final day at Sunshine Coast. Queensland hoops will challenge against their New South Wales, Victorian and Kiwi counterparts in a four-way challenge. Once again there will be triple crown bonus races for 2YO’s, 3YO’s and sprinters.
Toby Edmonds kept the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in 2017 courtesy of the Classic win of Houtzen, a filly that has gone on to give Edmonds Group success in Melbourne. The likeable trainer will no doubt be hoping to unearth another future star in trying to defend the title in 2018.
Fresh from their title as leading trainer across the Flemington carnival, the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott combination have indicated they will potentially have up to six runners for the Gold Coast signature raceday headed by Group 1 winner Global Glamour.
The QSRC is likely to see plenty of interstate trainers chasing the riches on offer with the Hayes/Dabernig combination likely to be prominent as will the Snowdens and a raft of other visiting trainers.
Tony Gollan scored feature wins with Most Important in 2016 with the gelding landing a hat-trick of Summer wins in the Lough Neagh, George Moore and Buffering handicap. He will be joined by other locals like Chris Munce who continues to build a strong team and Matthew Dunn who has tasted plenty of success when campaigning in Sydney in the Highway Handicap races, likely to stay closer to homme with the big money on offer.
Robbie Fradd had a successful summer and made the most of his association with Most Important to score a three-peat of features.
Jeff Lloyd was unrelenting this time last year in the jockey’s premiership having ridden more winners than the 2nd and 3rd placed riders combined. Lloyd took that form into the Magic Millions Classic in securing a local victory with Houtzen. Lloyd also had the ride on the star three-year-old Winning Rupert who landed three very impressive wins in the Summer before finishing 4th in the Magic Millions Guineas.
Interstate jockeys tasted plenty of success in the 2016-17 carnival with the likes of Tye Angland, Brenton Avdulla, Damian Lane and Blake Shinn all tasting success. Michael Rodd took part in last year’s Origin series with the Melbourne Cup winning jockey returning from Singapore to take part, landing 5 winners in a two-day period.
There hasn’t been a real standout in the 2YO ranks as yet, but with some time before the first acceptances are due, the interest around the trials will start to heat up as trainer’s eye off the $2m Magic Millions Classic along. There are plenty of spoils on offer before the big raceday as well with the Gollan trained Ef Troop impressive when winning on debut.
The 3YO ranks look to have plenty of depth and the Magic Millions Guineas could prove to be a real belter. Those that could possibly be heading that way include Eptimum, All Too Hiuying, Debonairly, Goodfella and Our Crown Mistress.
Group 1 winner Global Glamour with her large contingent of all female owners will ensure the fashion is high on the Glitter Strip.