Queensland has added another slot race to its schedule which will take place in the summer and possibly under the lights, and will benefit local participants.
Queensland has doubled down on the concept of slot racing, announcing a new $750,000 feature called King of the Mountain, which will air on New Years Eve in Toowoomba this year.
The 1,200m scamper is set to be a big part of Queensland’s thriving summer carnival, with the race restricted to Queensland-bred horses that are groomed by Queensland-based trainers.
Scheduled to take place on the last Saturday in December each year, the King of the Mountain will give horses a two-week head start for the Magic Millions, traditionally held on the second Saturday in January each year.
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The race is expected to take place under the lights, with Toowoomba set to hold a late night meeting after the Doomben bumper card earlier today, which will feature Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate, Nudgee Stakes and The Buffering, all of which serve as a vital lead. -up Magic Millions races.
Champion trainer and former Toowoomba local Tony Gollan immediately said he would be looking to put a number of his eligible horses on the race track.
“It’s fantastic, any race worth this amount of money for horses bred and trained in Queensland is a welcome addition for local trainers and owners,” he said.
“I was a local, I’m not anymore, but it would be nice to get back up there and win. It’s never easy to win up there when you don’t practice on the track.
“Queensland bred and Queensland trained, he keeps the award within the state. Every owner and trainer who has horses in Queensland should be behind this, it’s a great opportunity to race against ourselves for some windfall cash.
“In terms of distance, it’s just the right spot that most of our horses need and it adds to that summer carnival that just got too good.”
This follows The Archer’s successful run at Rockhampton earlier this year, which was won by Emerald Kingdom en route to running in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
While it cost $440,000 this year, The Archer is expected to receive a significant pay rise next year and be moved to a standalone device on a Sunday, instead of clashing with the Hollindale Stakes day on the Gold Coast.
Expressions of interest around the King of the Mountain slots will be open in the coming weeks.
Originally published as Toowoomba to host new Queensland slot race King of the Mountain