South East Oaks and Derby to Receive Upgrade
26 May 2020
Queensland’s winter harness racing features have been bolstered with the Changeover South East Oaks and Garrards South East Derby to be elevated to Group 2 status.
While the TAB Queensland Constellations will not proceed due to COVID-19, the Classics will be upgraded to $50,000 apiece in 2020, with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club working diligently with their sponsors to ensure enhanced Group racing and prize money opportunities for three-year-olds.
The Oaks will headline the Albion Park meeting on Saturday, July 11 before the Derby does likewise on Saturday, July 18.
“We’d expect the upgrades to the Oaks and Derby to be warmly welcomed by participants and punters alike,” Racing Queensland COO Adam Wallish said.
“In the absence of a traditional winter carnival, the opportunity to provide select feature racing, including the Oaks and Derby, will ensure Queensland remains in the national spotlight throughout June and July.”
APHRC Executive Manager Scott Steele said the announcement was the result of working in partnership with their sponsors and RQ to deliver enhanced outcomes for industry participants.
“The club is grateful for the support of Garrards and RQ for turning the upgrades into reality,” Steele said.
“The club is excited to be working on plans with Racing Queensland for patrons to return to the racetrack in the future.”
Click here to see the Queensland winter harness racing features.