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RACING Queensland has been plunged into turmoil after deputy chairman Barry Taylor quit the board following a bitter feud with chairman Kevin Dixon over transparency of boardroom decision-making.

DANIEL MEERS reports in THE COURIER-MAIL that the resignation is a major blow to the Newman government who cleaned out Racing Queensland and launched an inquiry into the actions of the previous board which saw former chairman Bob Bentley, Labor powerbroker Bill Ludwig and eight others referred to ASIC.

Last week board members were sent a directive to close corporate betting accounts because of probity issues with the multi-billion TAB deal which is being negotiated.

A SPECIAL meeting has reportedly been convened in Toowoomba today to discuss with jockeys and trainers concerns over the state of the new Clifford Park track.

Despite glowing reports from RQ Chairman Kevin Dixon and Toowoomba Turf Club chairman, Bob Frappell, on how justified the multi-million dollar investment has been, this website continues to hear reports to the contrary.

RACING Queensland has reached an agreement regarding the late entry fee for the connections of three prominent Doomben Cup prospects which were not declared first acceptors yesterday.

Trainers Darren Weir (Akzar), Ciaron Maher (Mr O’Ceirin) and Gerald Ryan (Angel of Mercy) all missed the 9am deadline for declaration of first acceptors for the $500,000 Cup.

Under Doomben Cup conditions connections would have to lodge a $23,100 late entry fee for re-inclusion in the field, but RQ CEO Darren Condon said the decision was made to halve the fee “due to unusual circumstances”.

RACING Queensland has today renewed its commitment to support racing in the Mackay region, announcing free entry at Ooralea Racecourse for Saturday’s meeting.

Chief Executive Officer Darren Condon said it was business as usual at Ooralea and urged Mackay locals to take advantage of the free entry on Saturday and support the club.

RACING Queensland has announced it will offer compensation to trainers and jockeys who were inconvenienced by the late postponement of the Bowen Turf Club meeting on April 19.

Racing Queensland CEO Darren Condon said it was regrettable the meeting had been postponed, but the body would pay a subsidy of $200 per horse, which is payable to the trainer, and $100 per jockey to cover expenses.

THE Racing Appeals Tribunal has dismissed an appeal by apprentice jockey Brooke Richardson and ruled that a penalty of four months imposed over her ride on Raeburn at Eagle Farm in March was appropriate.

The Tribunal was chaired Judge Bill Carter. Richardson was represented by Des O’Keefe of the Australian Jockeys Association and the stewards by Daniel Aurisch.

A former leading voice of Queensland racing Larry Pratt has died in hospital aged 78.

AAP reports that Pratt, the younger brother of former premiership winning trainer Alby Pratt, had been in hospital for the past month after heart surgery.

His son Michael Pratt said Larry had been thought to be improving, but had a bad turn on Friday night.

FOLLOWING an extensive consultation period, the 2014/15 race schedules for the three Queensland racing codes have been approved by the Racing Queensland Board.

It is important to note there are a number of industry infrastructure projects currently under review by the industry and government.

Approval of these projects will affect the scheduling and location of some race meetings. Those infrastructure projects include Logan and Albion Park (Greyhounds); Eagle Farm and Townsville (Thoroughbreds); and Albion Park, Gold Coast and Redcliffe (Harness).

 

QUEENSLAND thoroughbred racing fans will finally get the opportunity to mix and mingle with the 'who's who' of race trainers on Friday May 9 when one of Melbourne's iconic racing events comes to town.

The inaugural 2014 Late Mail Luncheon® has invited an incredible line-up of thoroughbred trainers, celebrities and guests for a 4-hour lunch in the Ballroom of Sofitel Brisbane Central to celebrate this years' racing carnival in Queensland.

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HORSE racing has been ingrained within the culture of Alice Springs for decades; as the largest town in the Northern Territory, it regards the sport among its chief attractions.

One of the primary reasons why horse racing fans flock to Alice Springs for racing is because of the Pioneer Park racetrack - a picturesque and expansive stretch of land that stands as one of the country’s finest.

Come April this year, thoroughbreds will once again gallop their way down the famed track in hopes of winning one of the country’s most renowned races - the  Alice Springs Cup Carnival.  Arguably the finest showcase of Outback racing, it is one of the most eagerly awaited racing events of the year, for both enthusiasts and punters alike.

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