The other spots up for grabs:
The remainder of the field – outside the invited four – will be made up of the winner of the Queensland Sun – an automatic entry race to be run on July 2 at Albion Park – and seven horses plus one emergency from the nominations, which close with Racing Queensland at 10am on July 4.
“The balance of the field will be made up by the winner of the Queensland Sun or through the nomination process,” Racing Queensland’s Senior Harness Racing Manager David Brick said.
“It is important to note there is only four invites for the race, other than the Queensland Sun, which is an auto entry race the week before, all the rest of the positions in the race come through nominations, which closes on July 4.
“Some people might be putting their hands up for spots into the race, which is great, and we certainly encourage those wanting to gain a start in the race to nominate.
“It will be a tough contest and a tough decision for our handicappers to make.”
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that The Rising Sun – to be staged at The Creek on Saturday, July 9 – would receive a $50,000 prize money increase, to be run for $305,000 in 2022.
The race also offers a $100,000 bonus for a three-year-old winner.
The Queensland Sun, an addition to this year’s carnival, will be restricted to horses trained by a ‘Queensland trainer’.
For clarity a ‘Queensland trainer’ will include trainers who permanently reside and train in the Tweed Local Government Area and race almost all of their starters in Queensland.
First run in 2021 as a part of the inaugural TAB Queensland Constellations, it was the father-and-son combination of Mark and Nathan Purdon who were successful with star mare Amazing Dream.
In line with RQ’s focus on innovation, a ‘pick your own barrier’ element will be added to the existing preferential barrier draw for The Rising Sun, which is expected to add further intrigue to the race.
Throughout the Constellations, more than $2.5 million in prize money and bonuses will go on the line, including 11 Group 1s.
By Racing Queensland
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