Deagon will open its gates to racegoers again next September following the hugely successful meeting held last month, where more than 7,000 people flocked to the track for the first race day in 70 years.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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My government is rebuilding racing in Queensland, and community race days like those held at Deagon are an important part of that promise.

The Sandgate and Districts Chamber of Commerce deserves a big pat on the back for the fantastic job they did getting local businesses and community groups to support the meeting. Their enthusiasm meant when tickets went on sale, they were sold out within six days, more than six weeks out from race day.

I believe the Chamber of Commerce along with Racing Queensland and the Brisbane Racing Club will again be involved in organising next year’s meeting and I look forward to another successful day of racing.