By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

SKY coverage of country TAB meetings at Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns has been given a major boost with the appointment of ex-Townsville Turf Club CEO, Michael Charge, to provide regular trackside hosting on its Thoroughbred Central Channel.

Rockhampton Jockey Cub PR man, Darren Nufer, reports that punters nationwide got their first look at the expanded television coverage last Thursday at Callaghan Park.

Charge is no stranger to the camera having regularly fronted the SKY cameras providing mounting yard mail for Townsville “as part of my duties for the TTC”.

But after 11 years he quit the club as CEO last month and negotiated a deal with SKY that will see him covering all TAB meetings from Rocky to Cairns. Charge will provide punters with his pre-race insights at TAB meetings in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

LAST week was the anniversary of the famous punters strike – a revolt against the overseas corporate bookmakers – and still the war rages on.

It was further exacerbated recently by Racing Queensland’s astonishing decision not to impose minimum betting limits on the Corporates that applies elsewhere.

RQ has been accused of welching on a promise. Some accuse RQ of ‘being in bed with the corporates’. But generally it is being hailed as the big U turn that promised minimum bet legislation last year.

by TERRY BUTTS - 'SILKS & SADDLES"

Courtesy of the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER

SOME will say the elephant in the room at the headquarters of Racing Queensland is UBET.

For too long UNiTAB or UBET – call it what you like – has performed well below expectations singularly and against its opposition.

The half yearly report – the worst news since the rebranding of UBET – revealed yet another downturn in wagering which was no surprise to most.

In fact, it was expected.

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