A Message from Brendan Parnell, RQ CEO


It’s a little over 6 months since I started with RQ and have really enjoyed working closely to drive positive industry change. It’s fair to say the breeders’ contribution through the Alliance in spring was defining - for me I’ve never been so proud to watch how an aligned and unified racing industry can achieve great outcomes.

With Eagle Farm coming back and the initial prizemoney injection secured, the foundations are being laid but we have so much more work to do.

For RQ, the key priorities in 2019 will include:
- Reform funding: Stirling will be inviting you and key industry people to an engagement forum in the new year to discuss reforms required before the next funding injection. Among those opportunities, we are keen to look at ways to reduce costs, making it cheaper to race horses in QLD while also growing prizemoney.
- Infrastructure: as well as Eagle Farm’s return, a key focus will be getting on with new tracks. We have engaged the local trainers and clubs for new synthetic training tracks and expanding on-course stabling around the state is also a priority.
- Commercial focus: while we will work closely with TAB to ensure all the merger benefits are realised, we will also be much more commercial with our Racefields Fees and seek your support as we plan to grow returns to trainers, owners and jockeys while improving the race club facilities and boosting the QTIS scheme.

We have achieved so much by working closely, being unified when seeking major change and have a single voice for growing the industry. In 2019 we look forward to maintaining that unified, aligned voice to grow our great sport.

Happy new year from the RQ team.


Brendan Parnell, CEO