HERE is the statement to The House by RACING MINISTER GRACE GRACE in support of the Racing Integrity Bill which will be debated over two days.

HANSARD report on the SECOND READING of the RACING INTEGRITY BILL:

RACING Queensland has today released the race dates calendar for the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing codes for the 2016/17 racing season.

The release of 2016/17 race dates follows months of extensive consultation with key stakeholders across the three racing codes including race clubs, UBET, Sky Channel and various stakeholder associations.

QUEENSLAND'S premier racecourse Eagle Farm is track to re-open for racing on May 11 following a major refurbishment, Racing Minister Grace Grace said today in State Parliament.

Ms Grace said the refurbishment would deliver a much-needed track upgrade, improved public amenities and a giant in-field display screen.

THE Queensland thoroughbred breeding industry has received a significant boost, with Racing Queensland electing to retain the key components of the existing Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme (QTIS) into the future.

Following the release of the Tracking Towards Sustainability (TTS) Plan, Racing Queensland consulted with key stakeholders including the Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association (QTBA), the Queensland Racehorse Owners’ Association (QROA), the Queensland Trainers’ Association (QTA) and the Australian Trainers’ Association (ATA) to further discuss proposed changes.

A FORMER Queensland harness trainer who pleaded guilty to backing his own horses to lose in 2014 has been disqualified for two years for allegedly assaulting a steward.

BRAD DAVIDSON reports for the GOLD COAST BULLETIN that former harness trainer Justin Abbott has been banned after he was found guilty of making physical contact to the head region of Racing Queensland steward Paul Zimmermann at a stable inspection at trainer Travis Mackay’s stables on January 23.

THE proposed introduction of extended day/night race meetings at the Sunshine Coast and the return to Tuesday racing are the features of a draft 2016-17 TAB race dates calendar tabled by Racing Queensland for industry feedback.

The draft schedule, which has been sent to TAB thoroughbred race clubs throughout Queensland for submissions, is focused on maximising wagering returns in accordance with Racing Queensland’s Tracking Towards Sustainability Plan.

The draft schedule proposes the introduction of extended 12-race day/night race meetings to be held at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesdays or Fridays, while a designated Queensland thoroughbred meeting every Tuesday will ensure the delivery of racing product is lengthened from five to six days per week.

THE Queensland Racehorse Owners’ Association has made a submission with respect to the Racing Integrity Bill 2015.

QROA president Vincent Pennisi has provided letsgohorseracing with a copy of this which we reproduce below:

RACING Queensland has received another indicator of the success of the recent Jeep Magic Millions Carnival, with the release of official figures from bookmakers revealing significant increases in wagering turnover.

Following on from the success of the inaugural 2015 Origin Jockey Series, which also saw a spike in wagering turnover during the month of December, Racing Queensland recorded an increase in both on-course and overall turnover on Magic Millions Raceday on Saturday, January 9.

RACING Queensland has strengthened its support for Queensland race clubs across all three racing codes, with the establishment of a new team designed to directly assist clubs in developing for the future.

In an initiative developed under the State Government’s Country Racing package, experienced racing administrator David Aldred has moved from the role as Operations Manager - Harness to the new role of Club Liaison and Development Manager.

RACING Queensland Stewards have today disqualified Apprentice Luke Tarrant from racing for a period of six months after he pleaded guilty to taking a banned substance.

Tarrant today pleaded guilty to a charge under AR81A(1)(a), in that on 2 December 2015 he provided a sample of urine to the Stewards, which upon analysis was found to contain substances banned under AR81(B), namely the metabolites of cocaine.

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