The Monday harness racing circuit at Albion Park returns next week.
And club officials are delighted with the response to the meeting which features capacity fields, SKY 1 coverage and $100 float rebates to all starters.
The metropolitan club will host four Monday meetings during the month of July on a trial basis which will compliment the regular Saturday night and Tuesday afternoon programs they currently stage.
“The response has been astonishing; it's great to see stakeholders supporting the meeting and it proves there is a need for more events for the lower class horses in the industry.” Albion Park vice-chairman David Fowler said.
Albion Park welcomed the opportunity to stage meetings on Monday afternoon once again after the previous Racing Queensland board ceased those meetings while capping all other meetings to eight race programs only.
“The sustainability of the industry depends on turnover and this extra meeting will provide that plus gaining SKY 1 coverage will prove a significant boost for punters.
The previous administration wiped the Monday afternoon circuit while decreasing races at all other venues which certainly assisted their criticisms with the turnover debate.
We budgeted for eight races but we could've easily held double that judging by the huge volume of nominations that were received. The generosity of Kevin and Kay Seymour shouldn't be overlooked either.”
Albion Park is currently negotiating with Racing Queensland and SKY Channel for additional Monday meetings to be staged in the coming months.