Jenny - Clean

by TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

ADRIAN Coome, the jockey who has dominated the riding ranks in Central Queensland for the past decade or more and is generally rated one of the best to graduate from Callaghan Park, has hung up his boots.

Retirement has been on his radar for a couple of years and it comes just 50 short of a 1,000 winners in a spectacular 18-year career.

A desire to spend more time with this family, the rigors of wasting was taking its toll and the urge to try something else, were the driving forces behind the decision that shocked the racing fraternity at the weekend.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE much-anticipated merger between Tatts Holdings and Tabcorp Group has hit another hurdle – and the snake in the woodpile is said to be Crownbet.

The merger has been under a cloud ever since the two appeals by the ACCC and  CrownBet were lodged in July, according to a Fairfax report, but Tabcorp has consistently told shareholders it was ‘committed to the transaction’ and confident of delivering the deal.

Those with a passion for racing and its survival can only hope Tabcorp is right – and that commonsense will in the end prevail.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

A mob of kangaroos - more than 400 in fact - bandicoots and wild rabbits put paid to this year’s Mareeba Cup meeting which was to have been held on Saturday.

But while they stopped the Cup meeting, they didn’t stop the party!

While racehorses and their handlers participated  at a hastily organised meeting at Cairns, the staunch and dedicated local fraternity turned up for a phantom meeting. More than 700 in fact in their fashion finest for live bands live bands, foot races and fun.

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