BATTLE IS BACK: The Battle of the Bush qualifier will be raced in Nanango again in 2019.
BATTLE IS BACK: The Battle of the Bush qualifier will be raced in Nanango again in 2019. Claudia Williams

Battle for Brisbane race returns to Nanango

A START in Brisbane will be on the line in Nanango again in 2019 with the return of the Battle of the Bush series.

The Nanango qualifier will be raced on May 25 as one of 16 across the state.

"The inaugural TAB Battle of the Bush Series was a game changer, not just for participants and owners, but for racing fans across Queensland who followed their favourite country trainer or horse throughout the series to the final,” Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said.

The stakes are higher this year with $125,000 in prize money on offer in the final of the group one Tattersall's Tiara Day at Eagle Farm on June 22.

If a QTIS-registered horse wins this race, a QTIS bonus of $30,000 will be paid to the winning connections in addition to the standard winner's prize money.

The winner of the qualifier will score $10,000 - $2500 more than a standard race - and a gate in Brisbane.

Conditions for the final have been modified with the support of the Country Racing Advisory Panel to ensure previous Battle of the Bush champions have the opportunity to defend their title, on the condition they meet all other eligibility criteria.

However, the series will remain restricted to horses that have not won a metropolitan race in the two years prior to the acceptance date for the 2019 final.

Float subsidies of up to $2000 will again be offered by Racing Queensland for connections that accept to participate in the final.

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