Prize-money boost for Brisbane carnival Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Mark Oberhardt

Racing Queensland is expected to announce sweeping changes to the winter carnival prize money and race dates today.

Racing Queensland has a war chest after signing a new multi-billion dollar deal with wagering company TattsBet in June.

The winter carnival is expected to start on Anzac Day at the Gold Coast with a programme of nine feature races.

The carnival will also include stand-alone feature days at Toowoomba, Caloundra and Ipswich.

The Brisbane component will be reduced from five days to four.

Racing Queensland hopes to have the redeveloped Eagle Farm ready for the carnival but if it isn't all Brisbane Group races will be run at Doomben.

Prize-money will receive a boost with a A$2 million Stradbroke Handicap headlining the carnival and all the other Group One races carrying at least A$500,000.

No race during the carnival will be worth less than A$100,000.

Racing Queensland boss Kevin Dixon confirmed an announcement would be made today.

"We had intended to make the announcement after the Flemington carnival but due to reasons I won't make public we have brought it forward," Dixon said.