THE Mackay community is in shock following the news Mick Pope passed away suddenly earlier this evening.

CASANDRA GARVEY reports for the MACKAY MERCY that Mr Pope was instrumental in organising the Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival, an event that has quickly shot to the top of the must-do events in Mackay.

Friends and family tonight have left tributes to Mick on his Facebook page, 

DARRYL Hansen has vowed to take his fight against a nine-month ban even further if his appeal is rejected by the Racing Disciplinary Board.

BRAD DAVIDSON, Queensland's leading racing writer reports in the GOLD COAST BULLETIN that Hansen, the trainer of this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Le Chef, faced the Racing Disciplinary Board last week as he appeals against a nine-month ban courtesy of an elevated TCO2 reading being re corded by How Can I Help prior to finishing fifth in a race at Ipswich on August 14.

WITH the return to racing at Eagle Farm, Racing Queensland has announced a 12 week Queensland Winter Racing Carnival program for 2016.

After a review of the performance of the 2015 Queensland Winter Carnival and comprehensive consultation with Clubs, Racing Queensland has opted to extend the 2016 Carnival which will commence with the Toowoomba Turf Club’s meeting on 16 April and conclude with the running of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club race day at Caloundra on 2 July, 2016.

THE Brisbane Racing Club today announced a profit for 2014-15 despite the challenges of a year “unlike any seen before” in Queensland’s racing history.

BRC Chairman Neville Bell told today’s annual general meeting that the Club had posted a profit of $260,000 despite budgeting for a loss of $390,000 while its largest track was closed for redevelopment.

RACING Queensland has announced the 2015 Queensland Racing Thoroughbred Awards, including the coveted Queensland Horse of the Year, will be held at Doomben Racecourse on Monday October 12, 2015.

Racing Queensland Acting CEO Ian Hall said following recent industry consultation meetings, key industry stakeholders would come together to deliver the awards.

TALENTED jockey BRAD STEWART has been received a suspended 12 months sentence and fined $3,000 for betting with TABCORP and CROWNBET. If he re-offends during that period he will have to serve three months.

Stewart pleaded guilty charges relating to accounts with the two betting operators between July 2013 and March 2015 and was given a suspended sentence. in view of the seriousness of the charge and his circumstances. 

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POPULAR Queensland race caller Pat O'Shea has died after a short illness.

AAP reports that the 64-year-old underwent surgery for bowel cancer last Monday but died on Saturday night in Toowoomba's St Andrew's Hospital.

O'Shea had a long career calling many sports and was the voice of Toowoomba racing for three decades.

RACING Queensland officials are in Cairns today (Tuesday) hosting a regional consultation meeting as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to develop a plan for the future of racing in the state.

It comes as an online discussion paper was made available last week to industry participants and the wider public to have their say on racing in Queensland’s future.

Minister for Racing Bill Byrne said country racing played an important role in regional Queensland and the consultation meetings, including today’s consultation in Cairns, had provided an opportunity for clubs and stakeholder groups from across the state to contribute to the plan.

RACING Queensland will launch a new Cannonball Series and follow up last year’s popular Provincial Series in a huge spring of racing beginning on October 3.

The newly-developed Cannonball Series will cater for Queensland’s sprinting stocks with five heats over 800m spread between Kilcoy, Ipswich and Warwick. The series will then culminate in a $30,000 final at Kilcoy on December 6.

QUEENSLAND Hall of Fame trainer Tom Dawson has died aged 98.

MARK OBERHARDT reports for AAP that Dawson was inducted to the Hall of Fame last year which emphasised his outstanding ability as he rarely had more than a dozen horses in work.

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