Aiming to keep Magic Millions
GOLD Coast Turf Club chairman Hoss Heinrich says he's confident major infrastructure improvements planned for the Bundall racetrack will retain the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions.
Mr Heinrich was commenting after media reports that a contract for next year's event was yet to be signed and that Magic Millions owners Gerry Harvey and John Singleton were considering relocation.
Mr Heinrich said turf club officials recently met Racing Minister Peter Lawlor and Queensland Racing chairman Bob Bentley to look at the best ways of securing government funding for such major improvements as a second track, lighting for night racing, further upgrades to members' facilities and other 'big ticket' items.
“We look forward to being in a position to make some significant infrastructure funding announcements in the not-too-distant future,” Mr Heinrich said. “One major project is a 1200 person function area - the final architectural details are currently being finalised.
“Beneath their 'knockabout guy' exteriors, Harvey and Singleton are both tough, shrewd businessmen out for the best deal and we know we need to work with that.”
Mr Heinrich said he believes the pair know the January event works only because it's held in Australia's holiday capital during the peak holiday season.
“Any move would be akin to moving the Melbourne Cup to Alice Springs,” he said.