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DRIVING FAMILIES AWAY FROM THE RACES IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

(This is a story that was written this week by highly respected and hard-hitting racing writer, TERRY BUTTS, in his column 'Silks and Saddles' in the North Queensland Register. We reprint it courtesy of the author and the newspaper).

IT was going to be their big day out. Renee Ryan was virtually born on the Cannon Park racecourse (in Cairns) where her father, the legendary Ron Ryan rode hundreds of winners – and her mother, Janel, in more recent years, trained them and still does.

CONFIRMED OUTBREAK HAS STUD QUARANTINED NEAR ROCKHAMPTON

A confirmed outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus has the Queensland racing industry again on high alert.

The outbreak was confirmed at the J45 Equine Nursery at Carwarral, near Rockhampton, after the sudden death of an Anglo horse on Saturday.

 

(The reaction to this story has been amazing. Of the more than 50 e-mails that we received only one was critical of us for pursuing the issue the way that we did. Once we traced the source of that e-mail it was obvious why the author carried on like a jackass).

MEMO: Australian & Queensland Racing Board Chairman, BOB BENTLEY

FROM: The DISGRUNTLED PUNTERS OF AUSTRALIA

WOULD it please be possible when you get to work on Monday morning Mr Bentley to organize an optometrist appointment for the Stewards’ Panel that officiated at Eagle Farm on Saturday and declared that $41 winner, Crackajack Fortune, did not get an ‘unfair start’ in Race 5?

OPPOSITION claims Stewart a ‘shoe-in’ after making controversial short-list

STATE Parliament has been told that a ‘flawed selection process’ has enabled ‘a long-time compatriot of Queensland Racing Board chairman Bob Bentley’ to emerge as a ‘shoe-in’ for election to the racing control body.

Opposition Racing Spokesman, Ray Stevens, told Parliament that former Toowoomba Turf Club chairman, Neville Stewart, was certain to join the Board under a controversial short-listing carried out by a recruitment company ‘that was supposed to be independent.’

TONY PATTILLO CREATES HISTORY OF SORTS AT EAGLE FARM

QUEENSLAND jockey, Tony Pattillo, created history of sorts when he scored an upset win on Andy Said in the Moreton Hire Plate at Eagle Farm today (Wednesday, August 5).

In the process Pattillo became the first rider in Australia to be fined under new rules introduced nationally from the start of the month regarding use of the whip.

FORMER STAR VICTORIAN STAYER REPRODUCES HIS BEST FORM

THE former Lloyd Williams-owned galloper, Activation, won his first race for almost three years in Monday’s $150,000 Darwin Cup.

Over 20,000 turned out to witness ‘the race that stops the Top End’ when Activation, now sporting the Peter Rowsthorn colors, scored a convincing win for young trainer Michael Hickmott.

 

HAWKS BAY chases a $100,000 BONUS in the DARWIN CUP

THE showpiece of racing in the TOP END will be run today (Monday, August 3) when Victorian galloper, HAWKS BAY, chases a $100,000 bonus in the Carlton Draught Darwin Cup.

Kyneton trainer, Neil Dyer, is hoping Hawks Bay can become only the third horse to complete the Triple Crown in the $150,000 Cup after taking out the Northern Territory Guineas and Derby. The last horse to win all three features during the Darwin carnival was Ventilago in 1996.

 

THE ‘OLD TEAM’ SET TO BE REUNITED ON QR BOARD


CONTROVERSY has ridden shotgun with NEVILLE STEWART for much of his tenure as chairman of the Toowoomba Turf Club and that looks set to continue when he pursues a seat on the Board of Queensland Racing.

The timing of his recent resignation after 21 years at the helm of the TTC has even raised questions over his eligibility for the Board position but he and his long-time friend, QR chairman, Bob Bentley, have been quick to dismiss those suggestions.

 

TESTING TIME FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE CIRCUIT

THE Queensland Winter Carnival has come and gone for another year and had it not been for Group 1 success stories, APACHE CAT and BLACK PIRANHA, the majority of punters would have been fly-blown.

The bookies will no doubt disagree but the carnival was another benefit for the satchel-swingers with upsets almost every week from the Gold Coast pipe-opener in early May to the Sunshine Coast marathon in late June.

 

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