The Courier-Mail

Car­ni­val’s not over so soon

- BRAD DAVID­SON

NEXT year’s Queens­land Win­ter Car­ni­val is set to be ex­tended from nine to 12 weeks de­spite the state’s show­case rac­ing event be­ing short­ened dra­mat­i­cally this year to make it more ap­peal­ing.

Rac­ing Queens­land com­pleted a draft sched­ule for the 2016 Queens­land Win­ter Car­ni­val last week which will see the Car­ni­val run from April 16 to July 2 if the pro­posal is ac­cepted.

Changes from this year’s Car­ni­val in­clude Doomben Cup day re­turn­ing to a stand­alone race meet­ing on May 21, in­stead of form­ing part of the BTC Cup race day as it did this year.

The Sun­shine Coast is also set to host two fea­ture meet­ings (April 23 and July 2) dur­ing the Car­ni­val next year in­stead of its usual one, with Caloun­dra Cup day set to move back to the end of the Car­ni­val in­stead of its midMay times­lot this year.

The Tat­ter­sall’s Tiara meet­ing will re­turn to Bris­bane on June 25 af­ter be­ing run on the Gold Coast as a one-off this year due to Ea­gle Farm be­ing out of ac­tion.

The Vic­tory Stakes will also re­turn to Bris­bane on April 30.

Rac­ing will re­turn to Ea­gle Farm with a mid­week meet­ing on May 11 un­der the pro­posal and the re­de­vel­oped track will then host its nor­mal three Win­ter Car­ni­val race days on June 4 (Queens­land Oaks day), June 11 (Strad­broke day) and June 25 (Tat­ter­sall’s Tiara day).

Un­der the draft pro­posal, which is yet to be locked in by RQ and may still change, Toowoomba will start the 2016 Queens­land Win­ter Car­ni­val with the Listed Weet­wood Hand­i­cap and $100,000 Toowoomba Cup on April 16.

The Car­ni­val will then head to the Sun­shine Coast (April 23) for four Listed races, Doomben (April 30) for Vic­tory Stakes day and the Gold Coast (May 7) for the Prime Min­is­ter’s Cup meet­ing be­fore the BRC hosts five straight fea­ture meet­ings in Bris­bane from May 14-June 11.

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