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July 4, 2017

Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday

For only the second time in history, the Sunshine Coast will be hosting a race over 3200m. The Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday on Saturday 15 July will see the Sunshine Coast Turf Club host one of the states finest distance races, the Listed $150,000 Pool Pro Queensland Cup.

The Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday with metropolitan status, has $685,000 in prizemoney on offer throughout the day. The raceday was originally scheduled to be held at Eagle Farm.

The SCTC CEO, Mick Sullivan commented “We are proud to be involved with another quality metropolitan race meeting. These racedays put the spotlight on the Sunshine Coast through national and international media exposure. We encourage the local community to get behind the event and organise family and friends to come along and enjoy a great family day out.”

All BRC members will receive full reciprocal privileges on the Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday. The BRC have bus transport for members on the day from Brisbane. Please contact BRC for details. There will be activities for the kids including a jumping castle and of course plenty of open spaces to ensure they burn off plenty of energy on the day.

To enjoy the day in style, don’t forget to book your seat in the Favourites Function Room. The all-inclusive package is only $125pp. Secure your seat on-line or 5491 6788 prior to Friday 7 July.

Gates open from 10.30am.

Entry General Admission $15, Concession $10, Children under 18 Free.

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June 20, 2017

Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day helps out the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program

Perfect weather welcomed 6,297 patrons to this year’s Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day held last Friday. The 13th Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day was always going to be a special event, with a full card of live racing action teaming up with the headline entertainment The Thundamentals.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Clubs CEO Mick Sullivan commented that ‘The SCTC were confident of a successful Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day, especially when the weather forecast was going to be in our favour.  The entertainment for the day The Thundamentals proved popular with patrons, playing after the last race to an appreciative crowd. Our on-line ticket sales were a good indication, with pre-sales of tickets breaking all previous records.’

Hot 91.1 and SCTC have a strong link with the local community. This is highlighted with a percentage of gate takings from every Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day being donated to a charity. This year the SCTC and Hot 91.1 are proud to present a cheque for $11,105 to the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program.

The Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program raised an additional $3,315.90 in raffles, donations and the sale of merchandise on the day.

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June 14, 2017

The Pump House $920,000 Caloundra Cup

The Pump House Caloundra Cup will be held on Saturday 1 July 2017 and will wrap up this year’s Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. The days racing is sure to attract large quality fields and will put the Sunshine Coast in the thoroughbred racing spotlight.  The Pump House Caloundra Cup Day has $920,000 in prizemoney on offer (including bonuses).

The running of the feature race, the Listed $175,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup over 2400m, is always a favourite, however there is quality racing throughout the day.

Special guests for the day will be Peter Moody of Black Caviar fame and Peter Tighe owner of Winx.

Take the opportunity and be photographed with some of Winx’s famous trophies; including two Cox Plates, Doncaster Handicap and of course the 2015 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas, where the unbelievable run of Winx’s 17 consecutive victories began.

A large crowd is expected, with locals mixing with international patrons throughout the day. A strong focus on family is the theme for this year, with a variety of free entertainment on the day. This includes; roving entertainers, a rock climbing wall, face-painting & a jumping castle.

Make sure you don’t miss the action on the main stage with the iStyle TV Fashions on the Field with over $10,000 of prizes on offer, including a “Trip for Two” to Melbourne Oaks (compliments of Ambassador Travel).  Categories include:  Most Fashionable Female; Most Fashionable Male and Most Fabulous Millinery Creation.  Registration for iStyle TV Fashions on the Field is between 10.30am – 12.30pm on the day.

Entry to the $920,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup is $20 for adults and $15 for concession card holders.  Children under 18 are free.  Gates open at 10.30am.  Complimentary buses are available on the day.

In addition to the $920,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup, the SCTC have a variety of events leading up to the feature raceday. These activities are aimed at including locals as well as visitors to the area.

The following activities will be held at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club:

Tuesday, 27 June – “Breakfast with the Stars” on the Members Terrace:  7am – 9am.  Free hot breakfast, as guests watch on as the stars of the show, the thoroughbred horses, showcase their skills on the track.

Thursday 29 June – “Ladies Luncheon” in the Favourites Function Room at 11.15am, with Champagne on arrival. Cost is $80 pp for 3-course luncheon. The day will be hosted by Bernadette Cooper with guest speaker Brendan Parnell. For bookings contact: or Tracy Mackinnon 0404 495 192.

Friday 30 June – “Calcutta Sports Luncheon” in the Favourites Function Room at 12pm.  This year the Sunshine Coast Turf Club has secured Peter Moody as the guest speaker and Paul Martell as the entertainer. No show would be complete without Billy J Smith as emcee and of course Paul Dolan’s Phantom racecall. Cost is $120 pp.  For bookings contact: or phone 5491 6788 (numbers strictly limited).

For details regarding The Pump House Caloundra Cup Day on Saturday 1st July please visit or phone 5491 6788 or follow Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Facebook.

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May 29, 2017

Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day

If you haven’t organised to come out to Corbould Park this Friday 2nd June, you will be missing out on one of the most popular social events on the Sunshine Coast calendar, the Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day.

This year’s entertainment the Thundamentals have proved a popular choice with huge interest throughout social media channels. This interest has been reflected in the number of tickets that have been pre-purchased. The Thundamentals are sure to put on a great live performance for raceday patrons.

The live racing is looking strong, with an 8 race program starting with the first race at 12.08pm and the last at 4.27pm.  A complimentary bus service will be operating on the day.

Morayfield Shopping Centre Fashions on the Field has $13,000 of prizes. You can register on the day.

Please remember this is strictly an 18+ event.

Include us in your social media using #hot91ladiesoaks17

For full details please visit or follow us the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Facebook and Instagram

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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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