IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS exclusively reports on the resignation of North Queensland Chief Steward Mark Hill to take up an appointment in Victoria.

Butts questions who will replace Hill, whether the position will be advertised allowing the best steward not to have a job in the north in Patrick Cooper to apply.

He also reports on the appointment of a new chief steward in Mackay, the resignation of the Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO and the two-day Ewan Amateurs.

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 Racing Minister Stephen Dickson was a notable absentee from the Far North Queensland Amateur meeting in Cairns because of an ear infection which prevented him from flying.

Fortunately for the club Racing Queensland Chairman Kevin Dixon filled the gap and had a ball. Both Steve and Kevin made it to the Queensland Racing Awards night in Brisbane on Saturday. 

Butts also questions how two of the winners at the Racing Queensland Horse of the Year Awards last Saturday night could possibly have been awarded their gongs.     

Here is the Butts column:

IN his widely-read column, ‘SILKS & SADDLES,’ published by the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER, respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS attacks the Queensland Government over its discriminatory licensing laws which prevent under 18-year-olds from attending race meetings but does not apply at other sports.

Butts calls for changes after children as young as two and four were turned away from the Ingham Cup meeting last Saturday. He reckons Premier Campbell Newman should add Licensing to his departmental cut back list.

‘Silks & Saddles’ also reports on a back-flip by the Cairns Jockey Club after their disgraceful treatment of visiting owners and trainers on Cup day. A special area will be set aside for the visitors at the Amateurs. And there are big changes in the air at the Townsville Turf Club.

Here is the Butts column:

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