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In his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports that the racing industry in the north is none the wiser after a meet and greet with new Racing Minister Steve Dickson on Monday evening in Townsville.

Butts says Dickson did not have the answers that many were seeking and dodged many questions, playing the political game, which saw the disenchanted ones label him ‘Stevie Wonder’ after the meeting.

Butts also raises questions why the rest of the industry should have to suffer while a new grass track is installed from the Industry Infrastructure Fund at Toowoomba when members there voted for a costly conversion to cushion which has failed dismally to attract horses or punters.  

Here is the Butts column:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports on a QCAT decision involving a race 15 months ago that has revealed an embarrassing blunder by a long-time swabbing attendant in Cairns.

The story raises questions over the reasons for the delay in QCAT handing down decisions and concerns over the credibility of supposed experienced swabbing identities used by Racing Queensland.

Butts also reports on legislation before the Queensland Parliament this week to appoint a RAD Board similar to Victoria to replace the current First Level Appeals Body in Queensland and of plans for the RQ Board to meet three times a year in country venues.

Here is the Butts column:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports on the Melbourne Cup day dream that turned into a nightmare for Brisbane trainer Nathan Schofield.

Butts tries to explain why trainers want to ‘tube horses’ – what the benefits are thought to be – and how stewards believe the practice is becoming more widespread.

He also has a feel-good piece on the O’Hara sisters winning minutes apart in Rockhampton and Hawkesbury and talks about a ‘sting’ at Callaghan Park that left a trainer far from impressed.

Here is the Butts column:

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