IN his popular column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reveals how there is growing discontent among trainers on the Darling Downs over plans for a new Strathayr track that will only accommodate 12 runners from the 1200m starting point.

Butts also raises industry concerns about the interim Board making decisions such as spending millions on a new track for Toowoomba and a new grandstand complex for harness racing at Albion Park.

His column also confirms that star South Australian female apprentice Lauren Stojakovic has accepted an invitation to ride at the big Parry Nissan meeting at Cluden.

Here is the Butts column:

 

IN his popular column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS questions why Racing Queensland has not been shouting from the rafters the induction of Gold Coast-based former champion jockey Geoff Lane to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Butts, a long-time mate of Lane, points out that the quiet achiever wasn’t interested in seeking any more publicity when he called to congratulate the man who now works part-time as a steward and helps with apprentices although for some strange reason his services not been used as often in recent times.

His column also reveals an invitation from the Townsville Turf Club for Blue Diamond winning apprentice Lauren Stojakovic to ride at the Parry Nissan meeting at Cluden in June and Butts also questions if there are ‘political motives’ and what right an Interim RQ Board has to secretly fast-track plans to spend tens of millions on a new Albion Park grandstand.

Here is the Butts column:

IN his popular column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS predicts the installation of a new Strathayr track in Townsville.

Butts also reports on major problems with the new Cairns track and how when a trainer complained he was told by a committeeman of the local club to ‘f… off’ if he wasn’t happy.

There is also an update on the problem between the Townsville Turf Club, developers and the Main Roads over proposed changes to the Bruce Highway that will impact on Cluden.

Here is the Butts column:

 

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