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The Group One JJ Atkins Stakes will now be worth $1 million in prize money

Racing Queensland hopes to further boost its winter carnival by substantially lifting prize money for its three main two-year-old races.

The $2.25 million Future Champions Series will be aimed directly at securing the best late season two-year-olds from around Australia.

It will be a major part of a push to highlight the importance of the winter carnival with seven Group One winners in the southern spring carnivals this year coming through Brisbane..

The Future races will be the $250,000 Group Two Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 9, the $1 million Group Two Sires’ Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on May 23 and the $1 million Group One JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 6.

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said the honour roll across the three races included superstars such as The Autumn Sun, Zoustar, Brazen Beau, Press Statement, Sizzling, Darci Brahma, Show A Heart, Mossman, Mahogany, Winning Rupert and Melody Belle.

“In the process, the Future Champions Series will provide more than $1 million in prize money increases including $600,000 for the Sires’ Stakes and $400,000 for the J J Atkins,” he said.

“The carnival has long been a springboard to stardom for two-year-olds.”

Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell welcomed the boost and said it would be a major step in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes regaining Group One status.

 
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