IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports on speculation that there could be a wildcard inclusion on the all powerful Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board in Kevin Seymour.

An influential businessman with strong ties to harness racing, Mr Seymour would present somewhat of a predicament for the independent panel, especially former Judge Bill Carter, as he is the major shareholder in Tattsbet.

Butts also reports on a promising apprentice who has relocated from the north to Brisbane and in-fighting over TAB race dates in the north creating a backlash for Racing Queensland.

Here is the Butts column:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports that the extraordinary step taken by Racing Minister Stephen Dickson to engage a high profile panel to oversee Racing Board appointments threatens to backfire.

Butts says that many in the industry view the inclusion of former Judge Bill Carter on the panel as ‘politically provocative’ because of his history of run-ins with the previous Bentley Board and a close association with the former QTC and the interim RQL Chairman Kevin Dixon.

Butts also reports on the meteoric rise of North Queensland apprentice Aidan Holt who rode a winner at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

Here is the Butts column:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports that many in the industry in north and north west of the state don’t expect the Government to fulfill its promise of a representative on the new control Board.

Butts tells how the Queensland Trainers’ Association has turned its back on supporting a representative from the country but says that was not unexpected as that body is not fully representative of the state and should be renamed the Brisbane Trainers’ Association.

He also questions, on behalf of most sections of the industry, the Government support for millions to be spent installing a turf track at Toowoomba when much more has been wasted on the failed cushion venture and there are more important projects throughout the state that require funding.

Here is the Butts column:

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