Sunshine Coast Turf Club CEO John Miller.
Sunshine Coast Turf Club CEO John Miller. Patrick Woods

Turf club poised for top meets in future

SUNSHINE Coast Turf Club will host its most lucrative race meet in history on Saturday and CEO John Miller is keen to put his hand up for more.

Corbould Park will play host to the $1m Moreton Cup raceday, which is part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

It features two Group 2 races and five listed within a nine-race card.

"It's one of the best days racing we will have held here on the Sunshine Coast,” Miller said.

"We believe we've got a pretty good track and the facilities to hold metropolitan standard racing and we get the opportunity to be in the national spotlight on Saturday by hosting these races.”

He said the meet, along with other regular metropolitan racedays including the Caloundra Cup and Sunshine Coast Cup had put the club in a good position going forward.

The track has proved a worthy back up to the Eagle Farm facility which has been undergoing renovations and Miller said Corbould Park had been fortunate to earn the racedays.

"We believe the track and facilities are capable of hosting quality metropolitan standard racing so any opportunity that we get to do that we are happy to put our hand up,” he said.

"We've been pushing to get a few more of these Saturday metropolitan meetings and I think the results from hosting these previous ones puts us in good stead to put a case forward to do that.”

There's plenty more to come as well, including the Group 3 Queens Cup on July 14.

Corbould Park will host that day on behalf of the state.

Miller was hopeful the track would shift from heavy to a more soft rating between today's Ladies Oaks and tomorrow's Moreton Cup meets.

"We had 65mm of rain there earlier in the week and prior to the weekend so we don't want any more rain and we're pretty happy with the sun being out,” he said.

Action on track starts after noon on both days.



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