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By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE countdown for Cluden has begun and the big guns will arrive this week from all over for what is generally considered North Queensland’s biggest day of racing.

The iconic Cleveland Bay has attracted an entry of 29, including the best sprinters in the region plus a couple of southerners, and the time-honoured Townsville Cup will close the curtain on an eventful, topsy-turvy season for the TTC.

But it’s not just the horses that will parade at Cluden on Saturday.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE bad news of the past week involves the ACCC application to the Federal Court for a review of the recent Tabcorp-Tatts merger – a deal that was and still is being hailed as a great breakthrough by every racing body in Australia with the exception of Racing Victoria –and, of course, the much-maligned corporate bookmakers.

The good news is Tabcorp has responded with a: “Bring it on”.

“The factual findings by the Tribunal of substantial public benefits and of no, or insignificant, detriment arising from the transaction are not in issue in the judicial review application.

“Tabcorp will oppose the ACCC’s application and will pursue an expedited hearing."

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE Rockhampton-based Queensland Trainers’ Association has unleashed a volley of criticism at Racing Queensland over what it described ‘inequitable sharing’ of the recently-announced prize money increases that totally snubbed country race clubs.

In a strongly worded letter to CEO Eliot Forbes, the QTA chairman Ross Shannon expressed ‘extreme disappointment’ and accused RQ of displaying a ‘perceived bias’ against the country clubs and stakeholders.

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