By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

LAST week was the anniversary of the famous punters strike – a revolt against the overseas corporate bookmakers – and still the war rages on.

It was further exacerbated recently by Racing Queensland’s astonishing decision not to impose minimum betting limits on the Corporates that applies elsewhere.

RQ has been accused of welching on a promise. Some accuse RQ of ‘being in bed with the corporates’. But generally it is being hailed as the big U turn that promised minimum bet legislation last year.

by TERRY BUTTS - 'SILKS & SADDLES"

Courtesy of the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER

SOME will say the elephant in the room at the headquarters of Racing Queensland is UBET.

For too long UNiTAB or UBET – call it what you like – has performed well below expectations singularly and against its opposition.

The half yearly report – the worst news since the rebranding of UBET – revealed yet another downturn in wagering which was no surprise to most.

In fact, it was expected.

by TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE turmoil rampant at the Mackay Turf Club continues with trainers declaring they will desert the track and the acting CEO claiming he is in limbo.

Ryan Van de Velde, who has been in control since the last of several CEOs departed the once prosperous club, said the rumour is rife that he has been sacked, but he hasn’t been officially informed.

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