QTIS Proposal Gathers Momentum


The push for a reinvigorated QTIS is gathering momentum from all sectors of the racing industry in a bid to return Queensland’s incentive scheme to the nation’s number one.

The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association (TBQA) presented a proposal to Racing Queensland late last year and the two organisations have since been in discussions about the mooted improvements.

The completed proposal, which was supported by the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association, the Queensland Trainers Association and Queensland Jockey’s Association, as well as the Racing Queensland Board, has now been officially presented to Racing Minister Steve Dickson.

Mr Dickson has subsequently given an undertaking to present the proposal for budget and has reinforced that the State Government is committed to ensuring the long-term viability of racing and breeding in Queensland.

TBQA President, Basil Nolan said the proposed improvements were a step in the right direction and will only strengthen the industry within Queensland.

“We acknowledge QTIS has really been the saviour of racing here in Queensland over the past decade and this proposal would promote those benefits to a whole new level for every participant,” Mr Nolan said.

“Under this scheme, the rewards to all stakeholders would be unparalleled.

“The goal of the proposal is to improve the scheme to such a level that it encourages more breeders to breed here, owners to race here and trainers to train here.

“We are confident we have achieved that and the industry support is certainly there.”

The proposal includes:

• Expanding QTIS to include selected 4YO races.
• Increasing QTIS to include all 2 and 3 YO racing in the state.

• Eliminating all nomination and acceptance fees for future QTIS horses, beginning with the upcoming 2YO crop (2014-15).

• Introducing a 6 per cent winning Breeder’s Bonus on all QTIS races.
• Allowing fillies and mares to race for 1.5 times QTIS bonuses.
• Hosting a race day prior to the March sale for QTIS Horses only consisting of eight races all worth $100,000.
• Instigation a $500,000 WFA race open to 4YO’s and under for QTIS horses only, including a $20,000 breeders bonus.

“These amendments would present some outstanding opportunities for all those involved in racing and breeding in Queensland,” Mr Nolan said.

“This revision is designed to return QTIS to the top of the country when it comes to incentive-based programs and these changes would go a long way towards achieving that goal.”