Community racing will return to the Deagon Racecourse on Sunday, 8 July 2018 with the Deagon Picnic Race Day returning next year.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said that he was excited to announce the date returning to the local calendar of events. This announcement follows lengthy negotiations over the past six months between the Deagon Racing Club, Racing Queensland and the Brisbane Racing Club.
“Having these organisations committed to securing a date for the 2018 Deagon Picnic Race Day is exciting news for our local community,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“There is something quite special about having the country come to the Bayside for a day at the races, which is why I am proud to have initiated the conversation to make the 2018 Deagon Race Day a reality.”
Next year’s Deagon Picnic Race Day will again feature the running of the ‘Deagon Cup’ - a perpetual trophy established for 2014 race day. The day will also be the last event on of the Winter Racing Carnival.
This year the Deagon Racing Club, a local organisation which promotes country races, will deliver the event.
Deagon Racing Club spokesperson, Walter Kuhn said that he welcomed the efforts made by Mr Hinchliffe to facilitate the negotiation with Racing Queensland and the Brisbane Racing Club in order to secure the date.
Mr Hinchliffe said that the Palaszczuk Government’s $70 million cash injection over four years into country and community racing, if re-elected, is a massive boost for local horse trainers and for community events at venues such as Deagon.
“It’s not just the jockeys, owners, trainers and other industry participants who will benefit from the re-emergence of the Deagon race day, but our community more broadly will too”, said Mr Hinchliffe.