The Bat Out Of Hell was first held in 1996 and was always the premier sprint race in January at the Gold Coast Turf Club. We have moved this feature to our Gold Coast Cup meeting as a feature sprint race for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
The fastest Bat Out Of Hell was run and won by Tornado Alley running a fast 49.66 seconds for the 900 metres. This is also the course record for the Gold Coast Turf Club’s 900m and has been held since 2008. Last year came close to breaking the record with Prompt Return for local trainer Toby Edmonds running a slick 49.86 seconds. Can the record be beaten this year?
Horses have come from Sydney as well as northern NSW to run in this feature sprint race. Popular horses that have won this feature sprint race are Mother’s Gift, the speedy Star Of Florida who then went on to win many feature sprint races in Sydney, Helter Skelter, Burdekin Blues as well as back to back winner Plateau Gold and more recently Diamond Oasis.
With the addition of a Trainer’s Bonus of a Harley Davidson and the enticement of Australia’s richest fastest race, horses will travel from near and far to run in the $90,000 Bat out of Hell.