By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

SO top trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh had no idea what the drip contained.

They said (under oath) that they had no idea it was Cobalt.

No, they had no idea!

Well, maybe they didn’t know – but so what?

by TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

QUEENSLAND Trainers’ Association chairman Ross Shannon has reacted to the ALP pre-election pledge of $70 million to country racing with a plea to his members and stakeholders of all political persuasion to seek similar (or even better) commitments from the LNP, One Nation or other Independents.

“We all need to ensure that this commitment by the ALP is not scuttled should the Government change on voting day,” he said. 

“The key facts are that two years ago the ALP committed $21 million over four years.

“There is now two years to run and there was still a gap which RQ had to fill in order to fully fund country racing prizemoney when the initial $21 million ran out.

ROCKHAMPTON flourished under the Bob Bentley regime and has retained its strength as a provincial racing centre.

Townsville (as well as other Queensland clubs) didn’t get the same financial favours because they spurned Bentley’s endeavours to ‘take over’ the operation or control of major race clubs.

It was actually a move designed to help the Labor Government obtain more assets to retain its AAA Credit Rating which was under threat at the time.

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