Jenny - Clean

by TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE QRIC ‘cops’, as they are now known, were out in force at Cairns at the recent Amateurs Carnival where – to substantiate their overwhelming presence – they continued a blitz on stables and stable staff.

Caught up like a dolphin in a shark net however was the 59-year-old wife of leading local trainer Trevor Rowe. And the somewhat audacious incident has caused quite a stir in racing circles up North – not surprisingly.

by TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

ONE set of statistics claim that our old mate ‘Butch’ Mules was 57 when he so sadly left us last week in the Barcaldine Hospital – and that he rode winners over 40 years for stakes earnings in excess of $2.35 million.

Stats meant nothing to Butch who was essentially a man’s man and lived by the day – not necessarily or strictly to the rules.

Roy ‘Butch’ Mules, from a family of 21, was born in Coonamble NSW but was a Queenslander from his dandruff to his bootlaces.

His was a colourful career – best described as sunshine and shadow – and perhaps crossing a few more dry gullies than lush lawns.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

BREAKFAST With the Stars, the popular prelude to major racing carnivals in Australia, takes on a new dimension at the Cairns Amateurs in a fortnight.

While the immensely popular concept was designed to allow the rank and file to get up close and personal with the stars (horses included) on racecourses from Flemington to far-flung tracks around the country, the Cairns event this year will be devoid of horses.

That is no surprise really as horses and their handlers have always been backstage at the Cairns Amateurs, which in recent times is more about raving than racing. All fizz, fashion and frivolity – but a great social mardi gras nonetheless – if you are not so serious about the actual racing.

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