Redcliffe Cup set for Group 1 status

20 January 2022 | RQ Media

The Redcliffe Cup will enjoy a stakes’ raise to $100,000 in 2022.

Having traditionally been run at Group 2 level, the TAB Queensland Constellations feature will double in prize money in 2022, providing a scintillating start to the Winter Carnival.

In the process, the Redcliffe Cup will become the only Group 1 pacing event on mainland Australia to feature a standing start, adding an extra dimension to the race, with the prize money uplift co-funded by Racing Queensland and the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club.

“It’s exciting to see the Redcliffe Cup double its stakes,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“This will make it one of the richest Group 1 stand start event for pacers in Australasia behind the New Zealand Cup, so we expect it will add an extra dimension to the Constellations.”

To complement the prize money increase – and to provide horses with opportunities and experience from behind the tapes - a stand start season will be introduced, commencing in late April and culminating with the Group 1 feature at the end of June. 

In addition to the Redcliffe Cup, the stand start season will also include the $30,000 Group 3 Flashing Red, as well as a $20,000 Saturday night feature. 

RHRC President Bernie Ring said the Cup meeting would become a true highlight of the Constellations.

“With the Group 1 2YO Yearling Sale Final already on the card, along with the Redcliffe Derby and Oaks, we’re thrilled to see the Redcliffe Cup run as a Group 1 in 2022,” Mr Ring said.    

“As a result of COVID, it’s been a difficult two years, but through the hard work of our participants and club staff, it’s great to achieve this outcome.”

Prior to the Redcliffe Cup, the opening night of the Constellations will also feature the Group 3 Redcliffe Yearling Sale 3YO Final and the listed Patrons Purse for four-year-olds and five-year-olds.

RQ is expected to announce further enhancements to the Constellations over the coming weeks.

Click here to see full details relating to the 2022 Standing Start Season.


Related News

20 May 2022
Friday Form Panel: Get in early at Melton to nab value plays
Jason Bonnington and Nikkita Ross have identified value runners early on the program at Victorian harness headquarters on Saturday night. Working through the Tabcorp Park Melton 10-race program on SEN Track’s Trots Life, Bonnington like two in the opening event who appealed at value.
20 May 2022
WATCH: CEO discusses $100k increase to ID22 Trotting Final
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown sat down with Adam Hamilton on RISE Insider to discuss Victoria's feature trotting race stakemoney increase during the week. HRV announced it would add a further $100,000 to the 2022 Trotting Inter Dominion Final, which will be hosted by Victoria...
20 May 2022
Tasmanian Harness Highlights Podcast – 20 May
After a week with just the one Tasmanian harness meeting, Duncan Dornauf has two to go through on episode 44 of the Harness Highlights podcast. Trainer Kent Rattray had a night to remember in Launceston last Sunday when Rockandahardplace and Colby Sanz gave him the quinella in his hometown cup. Duncan...
20 May 2022
Formosa picks up key Group 1 drive
Respected reinsman Michael Formosa has picked up the Group 1 drive on Misterfire at Newcastle tonight. Formosa has the shortest trip home on the Joseph Clark-trained pacer who has drawn barrier one in the $100,000 Regional Championships Hunter Final. Misterfire won his qualifier last week with Jack Callaghan...
20 May 2022
"Best horse I've had": Nissen is Loving first foray in trotters
Locksley sheep and crop farmer and hobby trainer John Nissen has been involved in harness racing for almost 40 years. During that time he has won around 70 races with his best winners being the multiple Moonee Valley winners Mighty Scotch and Wipem Dry. However, prior to attending the Australasian Premier...
Click for more