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:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports on a downside to the win by Fiveandahalfstars in the Victoria Derby last Saturday.

Prominent Townsville administrator, racehorse owner and breeder, Kevin O’Keefe, owned a third share of Hotel Grand, the sire of Fiveandahalfstars, which died of colic. The upside is that O’Keefe has some nice youngsters by the sire who has, in death, rocketed up the list.

Here is the Butts column:

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