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IN hiswidely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS warns that unless Racing Queensland starts to consult with country trainers on the new Workers’ Compensation Premiums it could be facing industrial action.

There are legitimate claims that the new Scheme favors the bigger stables and is discriminatory against the battlers. Even worse it appears to have been solely negotiated by RQ with the Queensland branch of the Australian Trainers’ Association which is hardly representative outside the metropolitan area.

RQ Chairman Kevin Dixon and Racing Minister Steve Dickson have been accused of turning their backs on battling bush trainers on this issue but there could be an 11th hour reprieve if someone can convince these two heavyweights that they should have been consulting with the widespread number of trainers in the state who certainly don’t belong to the ATA.

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 Cairns Jockey Club has changed its stance on visiting owners and licensees after a wake-up call from Racing Queensland.

Butts also questions whether reports are correct that John Nikolic, brother on controversial jockey Danny Nikolic, has been relicensed as a trainer by Racing Queensland after serving a year-long disqualification over the Baby Boom bona fides case.

He also tells of a visit to Tully by three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss last week that left the local TAB broke when he rode two winners at Caulfield on Saturday. There is also a report on the Townsville Amateurs and how it struggles to regain its former glory.

Here is the Butts column:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reports exclusively on the benefits to be received by the Rockhampton Jockey Club for ending its equity sharing arrangement with Racing Queensland.

Butts looks at the positives and the negatives from the Cairns Cup meeting last Sunday. The positives focus on the visit and win by Damien Oliver at his only ride the success of comeback jockey Lacey Morrison in the Cairns Newmarket and the perseverance of connections with Cup winner Cash Attack.

But the downside, experienced not only personally but complained about by many visitors, was the arrogant attitude of Cairns Jockey Club officialdom when it came to refusing visiting owners and trainers tickets to the members enclosure. It has angered some to the degree that they won’t be back. Others are calling for the scalp of the CEO of the CJC.

Here is the Butts column:


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