IN hiswidely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reveals how popular veteran northern jockey Stan Watkin will walk away from racing if he loses an appeal against a 12 month disqualification at Mackay. It turns out the horse had the problem not the jockey.

Butts also reports on a Laurel and Hardy show at the Bowen Cup meeting – just another embarrassment for the team now running Racing Queensland and headed by the White Knight Kevin Dixon.

There are also column items clarifying why four starters were allowed in QTIS races at Twin Hills but questions about a similar situation at Toowoomba.

Here is the Butts column:

 

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS reveals the incredible story of John Manzelmann training nine of the 10 winners (and finishing second in the other) at the two-day Twin Hills annual.

Without Manzelmann there would not have been a Twin Hills carnival this year but his presence also created a problem in his home centre of Mackay where the TAB meeting set down for this Tuesday had to be abandoned because of a lack of horses.

Butts said the situation, especially relating to the rules for QTIS races at Twin Hills, has highlighted the need for a country representative on the Racing Queensland Board which was promised by the LNP before the election but like a lot of other things at RQL since the Kevin Dixon Board took control the industry is still waiting.

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 legacy of the Bob Bentley Board lingering on with the golden handshakes to four executives now the subject of an ASIC investigation.

Butts also reports on a blast for Bentley from out-going Townsville Turf Club Chairman Alan Parry in his annual report and how the club has rebounded from the brink of bankruptcy.

Here is the Butts column:

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