By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

LAST week we sneered at the prospect of a rebirth of harness racing in the State and attacked Racing Queensland for even contemplating such a waste of valuable funds on the proposal to build new venues in the south-east corner.

We stand by those comments but can also confirm that the Townsville Turf Club is in consultation with a new Trotting Club Committee anxious to reintroduce the aptly-named ‘red hots’ to the north.

We said last week that it was a furphy – that the idea is absurd – and it is.

But new TTC Chairman Mal Petrofski has his doubts but hasn’t totally ruled it out.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE long-awaited and much anticipated merger of the two Totes, UBET and TABCORP, hit an unexpected speed bump last week when Racing Victoria surprisingly opposed the $11 billion deal.

RV is TABCORP’s joint venture partner that provides RV with a whopping $200 million annually.

It was a bomb no-one in racing was expecting and most believe (and hope) it will have the impact of a North Korean-made missile.

Nonetheless, it is seen as a controversial attempt by RV to derail the negotiations.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

IT was the news that the Queensland racing industry had been waiting for.

The merger of our poor performing UBET with national leader TABCORP is almost complete. A merger that will provide a virtual national tote that hopefully will reshape the gambling platform of Australia.

It will be the end of the corporate bookies gaining advantage by offering best tote dividends to the customers they weaned from the traditional totes of each State. Because there will be only one tote.

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