THERE have been two things this weekend - states but not poles apart - that make you wonder if racing "gets it".

MATT STEWART reports in the HERALD SUN that Moonee Valley's summer Friday nights are a revelation.

Crowds abandoned the racetrack years ago yet the Valley has bobbed up with this snazzy summer series, attracting young, happy and relaxed festive season crowds.

KEY details given by punters' club mastermind Bill Vlahos to lawyers about his business partner have been revealed as fake.

The Herald Sun visited the Dubai address provided to court for Daniel Maxwell - who it is claimed laid all the bets for The Edge punting club - only to find the occupants knew nothing of a Mr Maxwell.

STEPHEN DRILL and DAVID HURLEY report that as several syndicate leaders now question whether Mr Maxwell exists, other details have emerged of the opulent lifestyle Mr Vlahos enjoyed as the fortunes of his betting syndicate members crumbled around him.

RACING Victoria (RV) has today revealed Ballarat Turf Club (BTC) has been allocated a standalone Saturday metropolitan meeting for its popular Cup Day in 2014 amongst a suite of preliminary race program and infrastructure enhancements outlined in the initial draft of race dates for the 2014-15 season.

BTC’s popular regional Cup meeting will be staged on Saturday, 22 November 2014 and remain the concluding event of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

In announcing the change, Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said Ballarat’s Cup meeting would provide an endpoint to the Carnival and showcase country racing to a broader audience.

RACING Victoria (RV) Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, has sought to clarify statements made in yesterday’s Herald Sun regarding the financial state of the racing industry in Victoria.

The article incorrectly stated that the Victorian racing industry is facing a $20 million reduction in income this financial year, rising to $30 million next year and $40 million the following year.

Saundry explained that the actual facts are as follows;·       

AS the Spring Racing Carnival draws to a close, Racing Victoria (RV) has today released its new Strategic Plan which articulates its vision for thoroughbred racing in Victoria during the three financial year periods ending 30 June, 2016.

Developed in consultation with key stakeholders, the plan gives consideration to the current state of the industry and some of the longer-term issues and opportunities impacting the sport in Victoria, while outlining a path from which growth and further success can be achieved.

Focusing on the change levers that RV can either directly control or influence, the plan articulates the key priorities and objectives the industry collectively needs to embrace for the sport to prosper into the next decade.


RACING Victoria chiefs will on Thursday unveil a strategic plan for the short-term future of the industry with a stark warning - unless the sport embraces major change it could fade to irrelevance.

MICHAEL LYNCH, in an 'exclusive' in THE AGE reports that in a flat wagering landscape, declining attendances and competition from new gambling operators and other sports is intensifying.

Racing officials are urging the industry to shrug off any inertia or complacency it might have and be prepared to consider major changes for the 2014-15 season and beyond.

THE taxman is chasing almost $1 million in prizemoney from Cox Plate-winning racehorse managing owner Sean Buckley.

KEITH MOOR reports for the HERALD SUN that a court battle is looming over who should get cash won by the champion colt, Shamus Award.

Shamus Award made history last month at Moonee Valley by becoming the first maiden to win the classic Cox Plate.

And the horse ran third in the Caulfield Guineas two weeks earlier.

THE Australian Crime Commission and the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which establishes an unprecedented platform for cooperation and information sharing.

The agreement is the first of its kind with a State or Territory racing integrity body and is a major step towards meeting the risks of crime and corruption with a united response.

THE VRC Oaks Day meeting at Flemington was marred by an ugly mounting yard incident when a strapper was allegedly assaulted by a stablehand from the powerful Darley Stud, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

FAIRFAX MEDIA report that in an unsavoury incident that took some of the gloss off the carnival's traditional Ladies' Day meeting, the strapper was awaiting the return of her winning horse Black Cash after the race five Subzero Challenge.

Footage aired on Channel Seven on Thursday night showed the woman speaking to a man in the mounting yard before he appeared to swing a right hand and make contact with her face. Bruising was clear on the woman's face after the incident.

RACING Victoria (RV) and the Werribee Racing Club (WRC) have today announced that the Werribee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 13 November 2013 has been transferred to Ballarat to allow the newly renovated inside section of the track further time to consolidate.

As a result, the TAB Werribee Cup, which was scheduled to be run next Wednesday, will now be conducted at Werribee on Sunday, 15 December 2013 on what will become a major celebration for the local community with free admission and a raft of family entertainment.

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