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Queensland to host spring carnival from 20209 months ago
Queensland will host a spring carnival of its own from next year, after the state's governing body announced a shake up to the schedule on Wednesday.
Toowoomba's time-honoured Weetwood Handicap and the Toowoomba Cup will shift to September 26 in 2020 to coincide with the city’s Carnival of Flowers festival and serve as a key feature of a new-look calendar in the Sunshine State.
Additionally, a series of listed races will be conducted across South East Queensland ahead of the major features in Victoria and New South Wales.
With hundreds of thousands of people drawn to the Darling Downs for the Carnival of Flowers each year, Racing Queensland (RQ) CEO Brendan Parnell said re-scheduling the Weetwood and Toowoomba Cup to coincide with the iconic festival would pay dividends for the entire industry.
“We’ve long coveted a spring carnival of our own and in 2020 we will have one,” Parnell said.
“The Darling Downs plays such a pivotal role in our racing and equine breeding activities, and with the region in full bloom during the Carnival of Flowers, running the Weetwood and Toowoomba Cup in September will ensure they are showcased as one of the highlights of our own spring carnival.
“This will allow Queensland participants to campaign at home prior to heading south, but will also provide an additional avenue for those that attend our winter racing carnival to spell and resume in SEQ that hasn’t previously existed.
“It’s a concept that we look forward to growing and expanding."
RQ will make additional announcements in relation to the 2020 spring carnival ahead of the release of the next racing calendar.
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