According to figures released by Racing Queensland (RQ) today, the Golden Greys Summer Carnival continues to be a hit with RQ reporting record-breaking wagering turnover and revenue.
After RQ successfully launched the Golden Greys in 2019/20, the Summer Carnival returned to Albion Park throughout December, January and February; culminating with the $235,000 Group 1 Gold Bullion.
For a successive year, the Golden Greys was a hit with punters, enjoying turnover growth of 48% and revenue growth of 54%.
The meeting for the Gold Bullion Final set a new Queensland wagering turnover record of $5.1 million.
Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said there were a number of metrics that pointed to the strong growth of the Golden Greys throughout 2020/21.
“The Golden Greys Summer Carnival has established itself as an integral part of the Queensland racing calendar,” Mr Parnell said.
“In addition to the record-breaking turnover experienced on the final night of the carnival, the Gold Bullion itself saw almost $900,000 in turnover which represented a 76% increase from 2019/20.
“Having made the strategic decision to move the Golden Greys back a month to move out of a busy holiday period, it was pleasing to see the response from participants and punters alike.”
In the lead-up to the Gold Bullion, the unique Golden Ticket, which features two-dog match races against the clock, was well received, enjoying turnover growth of 101% to $523,000.
Local hero, Crazy Cool secured the Group 3 event, earning a berth in the Gold Bullion Final before finishing second behind Shima Shine.