Day At The Track


04:05 AM 19 Apr 2007 NZST
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Courtesy Of Tabcorp - Fat Quaddies Promotion

Victorian harness racing punters are set to get a big bite of the Fat Quaddies action.

Tabcorp today (April 19) announced that its successful Fat Quaddies product would cover eight successive Moonee Valley Friday night harness race meetings, commencing on 27 April and concluding on 15 June 2007.

Fat Quaddies are based on a commission reduction from 20% to 0%. To win the Quaddie you need to correctly pick the winners of four nominated TAB races.

Fat Quaddies have been extremely successful on Victorian thoroughbred racing since their introduction last month. Victorian Quaddie pools have risen $1.845 million (49 percent) on last year over the five meetings Fat Quaddies have been held to date.

“The Fat Quaddies promotion has worked exceptionally well with thoroughbred racing and we are delighted to be able to extend the product to harness racing,” said Tabcorp’s Managing Director of Racing and Media, Robert Nason.

“Fat Quaddies have delivered bigger dividends to punters and have added a new edge to betting in recent weeks.”

"We're excited that harness racing punters will have the opportunity to chase more lucrative dividends through Fat Quaddies," said Harness Racing Victoria chief executive John Anderson.

"The quality of harness racing programmed at Moonee Valley for the eight Friday nights of this promotion is exceptional so there's plenty of incentive for punters to try their luck."

There are 7 Group 1 races programmed across the eight meetings among a total of 18 black type races. These include the Mares Triple Crown on 4, 11 and 25 May.

The voice of Victorian harness racing, racecaller Dan Mielicki, will be the official ambassador of harness racing’s Fat Quaddies. As part of his role Mielicki will place a $100 Flexi Quaddie on each of the eight Moonee Valley meetings covered with any winnings to be directed to the Royal Children’s Hospital – his charity of choice.

"I'm delighted to be part of the Fat Quaddies promotion and am looking forward to calling these eight big meetings at Moonee Valley," Mielicki said.

"Hopefully I can do a little better with my weekly charity bet than Sky Channel’s Andrew Bensley has done with the thoroughbred Fat Quaddies!"

There are statutory limits in place with the State Government that requires commissions deducted from Tabcorp’s totalisator pools to not exceed 16 percent of the total amount invested during a financial year.

The Fat Quaddies promotion allows Tabcorp to return accumulated funds back to customers, which currently exceed the 16 percent commission rate.

Courtesy Of Nicholas Tzaferis, Media Relations Manager, Tabcorp

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