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May 22, 2017

Race into your Membership savings at SCTC!

With 2 Feature Racedays coming up, ONLY members can purchase up to 4 additional guest tickets for $50.00p.p. after paying the gate entry.

As a SCTC member, you can save up to $580* until 31st July 2017. This includes 2 Feature Racedays, Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day & The Pump House Caloundra Cup Day and 8 Sunday Racedays.

Now is the best time to become a SCTC Member.

SCTC Full Membership is only $120 from now until the 31st July 2017. This includes 8 Sunday Racedays (day passes $15p.p after gate admission), Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day & The Pump House Caloundra Cup Day.

Click here for more information 

*Based on Full Membership - Member & Guest cards.

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May 15, 2017

Charity Raceday Sponsorship

Racedays continue to provide many charities an opportunity to generate much needed funds while enjoying the magnificent facilities of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

A recent example is the IGA Sunshine Coast Raceday supporting Montrose Therapy and Respite Services. On the raceday more than $55,000 was raised, with guests enjoying the hospitality and atmosphere in the trackside Champagne Garden.

Winning connections of Streets Better had reason to celebrate (below). Trained by Bryan and Daniel Guy, Streets Better (3YO) was a $925,000 purchase.  Roz White (White IGA Group) and Linda Apelt (Montrose CEO) celebrate with the winning connections.

If your business, charity or sporting club would like to have a coffee to discuss how a raceday may work for you, please contact or 0407 625 553

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May 3, 2017

Press Release – CEO Appointment

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s Board of Management wish to advise the appointment of John Miller as CEO to replace the retiring Mick Sullivan who has held this position for over 17 years.  John will commence in the role on Monday 19 June to work alongside the current CEO during the SCTC’s most prestigious Caloundra Cup week.


John has a vast knowledge of the industry having worked at Moonee Valley in roles of Marketing and Sponsorship from 1997 to 2002; Marketing Manager of Racing NSW Country in 2003 and for the past 13 years, CEO of the high profile New South Wales Albury Racing Club.


John is married with three children and is looking forward to relocating to the Sunshine Coast and the challenging role ahead as CEO of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

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April 24, 2017

Thundamentals @ Hot91.1 Ladies Oaks Day!

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club plans to make the 13th Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day bigger and better than ever.  The raceday is held annually on the Caloundra Show holiday, this year this falls on Friday 2nd June.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club and Hot 91.1 have teamed up over the years to present some world class entertainment including;  Sheppard, Evermore, The Potbelleez, Samantha Jade, Screaming Jets, 1927, Ricky Lee & Mashd N Kutcher  to name a few. This year the team at Hot 91.1 and the SCTC have delivered once again, securing one of the hottest entertainers in Australia, the Thundamentals.

The Thundamentals have recently launched their new album ‘Everyone We Know’ and the SCTC performance falls within their Australian and New Zealand Tour.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Clubs CEO, Mick Sullivan believes “The Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day proves year after year, that the Sunshine Coast enjoys a party.  What really makes it unique is that the event is held on a Friday and is overwhelmingly supported by Sunshine Coast locals.”

“The exclusive function areas are always popular, and tend to fill quickly, so my advice is to book early and secure your table or seat.  The mix of thoroughbred racing and quality live entertainment continues to be a successful mix. We believe that keeping the general admission price to $25 (pre-sale on-line only) and $30 per person at the gate, represents fantastic value for money.’ Mick Sullivan commented

Each year the Sunshine Coast Turf Club and Hot 91.1 select a charity to support on this raceday. This year, the Cindy McKenzie Breast Cancer program is being supported, with a percentage of the Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day gate-takings being donated.

Morayfield Shopping Centre is the major sponsors of this year’s Fashions on the Field which sees a prize pool of $13,000.

Ambassador Travel and the Sunshine Coast Turf Club have offered the major prize for Fashions on the Field. This amazing prize will be presented to the overall winner of the four categories on the day. The prize is a return trip for two to Flemington including flights, accommodation, transfers and tickets to Oaks Day in November.

This event is strictly an 18 years and over raceday. Courtesy Buses are available to and from Corbould Park. Gates open from 10.30am.

Tickets: General Admission $30 ($25 pre-sale on-line); Concession $25

For Function Bookings and Bus Timetable please visit or phone 5491 6788

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April 21, 2017

100 Club Gala Dinner and Draw

The annual 100 Club Gala Dinner and Draw was held on Friday 31st March, and was a special event for many reasons. Now in its seventeenth year, this year’s 100 Club Gala Dinner & Draw was the last Gala overseen by the Sunshine Coast Turf Clubs CEO Mick Sullivan. Mr Sullivan introduced the 100 Club Sponsorship concept back in 2000 when he commenced the role as CEO of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.


Mr Sullivan commented ‘The 100 Club is unique in that it allows small local businesses through to international companies the same chance to receive massive exposure for their brand through local, national and international coverage of the $175,000 Caloundra Cup’.


The 100 Gala Dinner and Draw give 100 businesses the opportunity to enter the draw on the night for the chance to win a variety of prizes. The major prize on offer is the exclusive naming rights to the Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s Listed $175,000 Caloundra Cup to be held on Saturday 1st July 2017 over 2400m. All prizes have a value of at least $2,500.


The Sunshine Coast Turf Club encourages sponsors to form solid and ongoing relationships through numerous social events throughout the year, that are exclusive to the 100 Club sponsors.


The major prizes on the night were won by the following businesses:

  • The Pump House won the major prize, which includes the exclusive naming rights to this year’s $175,000 Caloundra Cup, a table for 10 guests in the VIP Champagne Garden and two prominent on-course signs
  • ProLiquor won the exclusive naming rights to a full raceday at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club
  • Chaps Menswear and All Pest Qld, both received the naming rights to a race on Melbourne Cup Day which includes a table of 10 guests in the VIP area.

The Pump House $175,000 Caloundra Cup will be run on Saturday 1st July 2017, and will be a metropolitan status race meeting.

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February 24, 2017

Press Release from SCTC Chairman

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s Board of Management wish to report that Michael (Mick) Sullivan has informed us at our Board meeting on 22 February, 2017 that he intends to retire effective 31 August, 2017.

Mick commenced employment with our Club as the CEO on 28 February, 2000.

He will have worked 17 ½ years for our Club.

The financial viability of the Club as at February, 2000 was very poor to say the least and he has been instrumental in turning this Club around financially and also in promoting it as one of the most significant Race Clubs in Australia.

Mick has embraced change and has also jealously guarded our operation and has where necessary gone into battle and put the Club’s position clearly to all concerned.

He is very much a hands on CEO and our whole operation has been managed and operated under his guidance and direction.

The Club will now commence its search for a person to replace Mick.  This will be certainly a difficult task and as we know this person will have very big shoes to fill.

Mick will certainly continue to support the Club and he will for the first time after 31 August, 2017 be able to attend a meeting without having to supervise the whole operation and it will be a pleasure to see him just being able to enjoy himself.

He has certainly been a person who has ensured that the Club’s financial security remains and it is one of the functions that he is entitled to be extremely proud of the way in which he has managed, operated and directed the Club.

We wish Mick and Carmel all the very best in Mick’s retirement.

He will certainly be able to spend more time with his family particularly his grandchildren.

The Club is indebted to Mick for all his work and efforts which can only be described as exceptional.

Best wishes Mick, Carmel and family

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January 24, 2017

Toby Edmonds – Nominations for Saturdays $670,000 Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup & 2YO Classic Raceday

In form Magic Millions 2YO winning trainer, Toby Edmonds, has nominated 5 horses for this week’s Feature Metropolitan Meeting at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

Edmonds has very impressive stats at the Sunshine Coast this Season with 12 winners and 4 seconds from just 20 runners; with a winning strike rate of 60%.

Feature races on Saturday are the $100,000 Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup 1400m (listed) for which he has nominated Binalong Road and Siegfried and the $210,000 (incl. bonus) Coastline BMW 2YO Classic.  141 nominations have been received for the 8 race program.

For further details contact Sunshine Coast Turf Club

T. 5491 6788 E. 


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January 18, 2017

$670,000 Coastline BMW 2YO Classic & Sunshine Coast Cup Raceday

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club and Coastline BMW are teaming up again for the third year to bring Metropolitan Race Meeting to the Sunshine Coast.

In an exciting development, there are two major races being held on the day. The $210,000 Coastline BMW 2YO Classic will now be joined by the running of the $100,000 Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup.  The Coastline BMW race meeting is strategically placed two weeks after the $10m Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast. The Sunshine Coast is optimistic that many of the star two year olds will make the trek up the highway to the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast meeting wraps up the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival.

Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s Mick Sullivan commented “it is very exciting that the Sunshine Coast Turf Club has once again partnered with Coastline BMW. Having a business such as Coastline BMW sponsoring the raceday is a great fit for the industry and we would like to congratulate Tristan Kurz and his team on the great job they do.  This combination is a perfect ‘vehicle’ to showcase the Sunshine Coast across Australia and internationally via national media outlets".

Regular racegoers will realise the Sunshine Coast Cup was previously held on Australia Day.  This year the Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup will be added to an already impressive race program on the Saturday.

There is $670,000 prizemoney on offer on the day for winning connections. In addition to this prizemoney, there is a bonus of $50,000 if the horse that wins the Coastline BMW 2YO Classic qualifies by being a final acceptor for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic race and/or contests the BJ McLachlan Stakes in Brisbane.

Coastline BMW will once again host an exclusive function in the Champagne Garden on the day.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is keen to capitalise on the end of the holiday season.  A crowd of over 3,000 is expected, with locals, holiday makers and the drive market from Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Gympie attending the day to witness quality racing on the Sunshine Coast Track.

Gates open from 10.30am

Tickets: Adults $15, Concession $10, U18 Free


Sunshine Coast Turf Club 5491 6788 or

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September 27, 2016

Friday Night Racing is Back!

Friday night racing returns to the Sunshine Coast Turf Club this week. This Friday will be a special race meeting with the brand new 55sqm big screen in action for the first time.

Friday nights are an institution with Sunshine Coast Racegoers.  The combination of live racing under lights, great weather and the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival make the heart race of any racegoer.

To make the night even more exciting, the Group 1 Moir Stakes will be run at Moonee Valley this Friday night. This is a great opportunity to get your family and friends together and cheer home Buffering (‘The Buff’) as he attempts to win his fourth Group 1 Moir Stakes, while watching the race live on the new big screen. The new big screen is 55sqm has better definition and clarity and replaces the previous 35sqm big screen that was installed in 2008.

This Friday night is sponsored by Variety Queensland and is sure to be a night to remember as we launch our Friday night race meetings for the season.

Friday night racing 30th September - gates open from 5pm. Entry $15 Adults, $10 Concession and U18 Free.

  Upcoming race meetings ‘under lights’ include:
  • Friday 28th Oct (day/night) meeting – Dicky Beach Surf Club SLSC Race Meeting
  • Wednesday 16th Nov (day/night) meeting – Stanley River Thoroughbreds Race Meeting
  • Friday 25th Nov (night) - Guide Dogs Queensland Race Night
  • Wednesday 30th Nov (day/night) – 100 Club Race Meeting
  • Friday 16th Dec (night) – Access Insulation Race Night
  • Wednesday 21st Dec (day/night) – Sky Racing Race Meeting
  • Friday 10th Feb 2017 (night) – Compass Institute Race Night
  • Friday 24th Feb 2017 (night) – Variety Queensland Race Night
  • Friday 17th Mar 2017 (day/night) – Slater and Gordon Group Race Meeting
Follow Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Facebook or phone 5491 6788
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