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By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

THE Rockhampton-based Queensland Trainers’ Association has unleashed a volley of criticism at Racing Queensland over what it described ‘inequitable sharing’ of the recently-announced prize money increases that totally snubbed country race clubs.

In a strongly worded letter to CEO Eliot Forbes, the QTA chairman Ross Shannon expressed ‘extreme disappointment’ and accused RQ of displaying a ‘perceived bias’ against the country clubs and stakeholders.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

BRISBANE has its well documented Eagle Farm problems. And Townsville too has something a little similar.

Difference is that Brisbane has Doomben just over the road as a standby. Nearest track to Townsville is Home Hill – hardly a Cup Carnival fill-in!

But while many jockeys and trainers fear the worst for the upcoming Cluden carnival that kicks off in a fortnight, the Townsville Turf Club chairman is not overly concerned.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

IT IS like a lethal grenade sitting on page 70 of the current Racing Queensland Annual Report – and, somewhat surprisingly, has to date elicited not a comment from anyone.

It reads: “Australian Tax Office issued Racing Queensland with default assessments with respect to superannuation contributions allegedly payable to certain jockeys in relation to the quarters commencing 1 July 2009 and concluding on 30 September 2014.

“Racing Queensland has lodged an objection against the default assessment and the ATO is considering the objection.”

And how much – or how many millions – are involved is a question you might well ask?

Some idea can be gained by one North Queensland jockey, who rides barely once a week and is somewhat restricted by weight. He has been told to expect ‘around $30,000’ in back payments.

The mind boggles as to what the final figure will be for all jockeys statewide. Some suggest it could be in the millions.

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