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RACING MINISTER SHOULD PLACE ‘SHOW CAUSE’ ON CHIEF STEWARD

THERE are plenty who believe that integrity of racing should not involve the Board or the CEO of Racing Queensland if there is to be the required separation of powers between management and policing of the sport.

Any high-powered meeting for disgruntled trainers to express their concerns about a level playing field should be overseen by the Racing Minister with the QRIC Commissioner and Chief Steward in attendance.

In actual fact if the Racing Minister was doing his job he would step in and put a show cause on the Chief Steward how he has allowed the situation to reach such an embarrassing stage where concerned trainers have felt the need to go public.

Out of curiosity, where are the LNP in all of this – conspicuous by their silence – they should be calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the serious allegations about the integrity of racing in Queensland? After all there is an election just around the corner and racing always seems to be a debated topic.

The only thing that Racing Queensland should be doing in all of this is going cap in hand to Terry Bailey and asking him to bid farewell to Singapore, take over as Chief Steward and put the cleaners through the joint. It seems, with all due respects, that Peter Chadwick is incapable of doing this.

Full marks to the Australian Trainers’ Association for stepping up to the plate on this issue but we don’t need a ‘soft cock’ CEO trying to calm the waters or sweep things under the carpet. Action needs to be taken now if punters are to regain any confidence in the integrity of racing in Queensland – not to mention some of the key stakeholders.

 

EAGLE FARM TRACK COULD SEE KINANE’S CAMPAIGN ABANDONED

THE uncertain state of the Eagle Farm track could cost the Queensland Winter Carnival one of its biggest drawcards with the Chris Waller stable reluctant to give rising star Kinane another start in the north.

Questions have been raised whether Kinane should have been cleared to start when odds-on and third in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic after an incident in the float on the way to the track.

Kinane got a long way back on an Eagle Farm track that was far from up to Carnival standard and did a terrific job but it was a win that got away for the colt who has attracted multi-million dollar sale offers from Hong Kong interests.

Our spies tell us that Waller has told the owners that Kinane came through the run in good physical shape apart from a cut to a foreleg which had some heat in it the day after the race and required anti-inflammatories and ice treatment. 

Waller and former trainer Michael Kent, a major owner of Kinane, are debating whether to give the horse another start in Queensland (planned for Eagle Farm). Like many others, they have no confidence in the shifty surface of the track with jockeys reporting horses couldn’t get full traction from the section between the 700m and 400m mark.

LGHR understands Waller will make a final decision in the next couple of days but may decide to give Kinane a break in the north. On a positive side no-one from the punters to the owners have lost confidence that this is going to be one hell of a good horse come the Spring.

 

BAYLEE NOTHDURFT SUSPENDED AGAIN - TIME HE WILL SERVE IN SIX MONTHS WHILE SURFING IN BALI - RACING IN QLD IS A JOKE!

by ARCHIE BUTTERFLY

THE incredibly talented Baylee Nothdurft is well and truly on track to become the first Brisbane apprentice to win the metropolitan senior Jockey’s Premiership for two decades.

He shouldn’t be.

In his quest for the title Nothdurft has been riding all season like a man possessed, and the outstanding results that he’s achieved have put him up on the perch as the State’sbest rider, as his position atop the Premiership ladder shows.

He’s been riding like a maniac too; riding horses dead, shoving rivals out of the way, and even some times damn near putting them over the rail too.

The Stewards haven’t missed any of it.

In December Nothdurft was suspended for a month for careless riding.

In April he copped two different suspensions for the same offence, and was handed down a further 20 day suspension.

Then, just a couple of weeks ago, the kid copped a huge whack around the head by being outed for 3 month after riding Vega One like a rocking horse, and doing everything in his power to ensure that it neither won nor really had the chance to.

Yesterday at Doomben the apprentice copped another 10 days out, which by my very scant count means that Baylee Nothdurft presently has about 4 months worth of suspensions stacked up in his cupboard and ready to roll; but courtesy of QCAT’s benevolence in an ever-growing raft of stays, the kid hasn’t served a day of any of them, not a single day, and I’d guess has no intention of doing so until at least the end of the racing year, and maybe not even then.

You see the trick under out crazy, bad, mad appeals system is to appeal every time you cop a lag, stack them all up knowing that it takes years for the QCAT to process, hear and decide racing appeals, book yourself a nice big holiday during the off-season, then withdraw your appeal and serve your time while sunning yourself on a beach in Bali (or perhaps Bongaree in these post-pandemic times).

Jeff Lloyd made an art form of it. God only knows how many stays of proceedings on suspensions that the wily old fox took with him into retirement, but its a moot point, for in his case the spells on the sideline are never going to be served, and never were.

Nothdurft’s a bit different. Retirement is still a long, distant star in his universe, so unless he gets his penalties reduced on appeal, he will have to serve them at some stage, preferably not soon.

It doesn’t mean that he has to serve them while sitting at home watching the races with a sick yearning for the track sunk like a stone in his stomach. All young Baylee has to do under the present appeals regime is what I outlined above, and then he can ride on stays for centuries, or at least for as long as his heart desires and his holiday beckons.

It’s a sad state of affairs indeed, and utterly unfair to his rivals in the premiership race like Ryan Maloney, who has been giving Nothdurft and Robbie Fradd a good run for their money all season, and done it by riding largely clean and fair.

How must he feel watching his main rival get up to all that mischief that’s not mischief at all, but rather reckless indifference to the safety of his colleagues and a burning desire to beat the handicapper?

Stink I reckon.

Nothdurft shouldn’t even be riding in the back half of the season, yet here he is kicking away in the supposedly halted premiership race, and looking a live chance in a number of the Winter features too.

Enough is enough.

This appeals system is a joke, and for once its not the QRIC Commissioner who is the clown, it’s the government and the courts.

And Baylee Nothdurft of course.

This kid needs to grow up and become a man and ride like one, and he needs to do it soon, because the risks that he is posing to the code are becoming bigger and bigger by the minute.

Just imagine that Nothdurft decides to pull one of his demolition derby style tricks to get out of a pocket in a race like the  J.J. or the Straddie, and knocks half the field down by doing so.

How many zeroes do you think the damages claim will have attached if someone gets injured or (God forbid) killed as a result of Nothdurft’s reckless riding, given that with 4 suspensions sitting in abeyance it is obvious that his cavalier style poses a clear risk to other riders and horses, and no-one is doing a thing about it?

As I said, enough is enough.

It’s time to stop pussyfooting around. We need to get this rubbish of a situation fixed and sorted.

Right now.

IS IT TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE – TERRY, TERRY – RACING QLD NEEDS THEE

By ARCHIE BUTTERFLY

A couple of days ago I wrote a story saying that Jake ‘the Snake’ Bayliss had got away with (metaphorical) murder by not being charged with a serious breach of the whip rule when he won aboard Plenty at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Credit where credit’s due, the Stewards took my pointed criticism of their negligence in not banging Snake with a charge under the rules to heart, and would you believe it – Mandrake again – on Wednesday when he rocked up to the Sunny Coast, the stipes slapped the highly talented journeyman with a retrospective charge of breaching rule AR 132(7)(a)(ii), the one relating to excessive whip use.

It’d great to know the boys and girls are reading.

If I didn’t write the bulk of the stories that appear on this website, I would too.

Sorry Snake.

But you deserved it son.

The horse didn’t.

 

‘HAIL MARY’ FOR MR HARVEY QUESTIONS HIS CONNECTION WITH  SEARS STABLE

MARY PHELPS, of BRISBANE, who describes herself as a great fan of trainer ROBBIE HEATHCOTE, has returned fire at JOHN HARVEY from Toowoomba who questioned why the finger was being pointed at TONY SEARS in level playing field integrity accusations:

‘LET me preface my following comments with an admission that I am a great fan of trainer Robbie Heathcote and what he has achieved during his career highlighted by the deeds of stable star Buffering.

As your website saw fit to print the biased garbage from ‘Toowoomba business identity John Harvey’, in which he suggested trainers like Heathcote ‘shouldn’t throw stones’, I hope you will provide me with the privilege to reply.

The name, John Harvey, rang a bell when I read his questionable defence of the integrity of Downs racing and some of the high profile trainers based there. A major conflict of evidence soon became evident when I did some investigation.

Here’s the part of what you published from Mr Harvey that annoys me the most – and a lot of other industry stakeholders I might add. He said:

“There are plenty of other examples of top trainers benefitting from the charges which the QRIC initiated against Ben Currie (with I might add plenty of prompting from Robert Heathcote) but I really wonder why the finger has been pointed to Tony Sears and to a lesser degree other Darling Downs trainers. Tony Sears finished in 13th place on the metro premiership ladder in 2018/2019 with 15 wins and is currently in 16th place with 13 wins. Ben Currie also had a major influence on the provincial premiership and his absence has benefitted trainers. Robert Heathcote has not figured as a top trainer of provincial horses for some time.”

Something that Mr Harvey conveniently forgot to declare in his endorsement of Tony Sears was a close involvement with that stable. Here is a testimonial by JOHN & GAYE HARVEY, of Croyden Park Stud, on the TJ Sears’ Racing Website which reads:

‘WE have been racing horses trained by Tony for the past 9 or 10 years and have had good success in all types of races including City races, Provincial and country. Tony is an excellent conditioner of horses and all the horses he takes to the races look great and are a credit to his stable. Gaye and I regard Tony and Leigh as close friends and we have the greatest respect for the team at T J Sears Racing.’

Then there was this story in The Toowoomba Chronicle a few years back after Sears won his first Clifford Park premiership, which read in part:

"It's hard to win it," Sears said. "It's not as easy as people think.

"I'd never really thought about it much in the past.

"But I finished second to Ben Currie last year after a virus went through our stable late in the season and our winners dried up.

"This is the only time I've said I'm going to have a real crack at it, and it's a big kick to be able to do it – especially for one of our owners, John Harvey.

"He's a big supporter of mine and it's great having loyal owners like him with our stable.

"John won the Owners' Premiership after National Trail won the last race on Saturday and it's great we've been able to have this success together."

Further delving into the past also unearthed this connection from a QRIC Stewards’ Report of early September 2017 which read.

STEWARDS conducted an Inquiry on the 5th of September 2017 into circumstances relating to a number of unlabelled schedule 4 drugs identified during a stable inspection at Tony Sears’ Wyalla Street Stables on the 21st July 2017.

Stewards heard evidence from Mr Sears, who is a licensed Thoroughbred trainer along with evidence from Mr John Harvey, the proprietor of the National Farmers Warehouse at Toowoomba.

After considering the evidence Stewards charged Mr Sears with breaching Australian Racing Rule 80E (1). The rule states: Any person commits an offence if he has in his possession or on his premises any substance or preparation that has not been registered or labelled, or prescribed, dispensed or obtained, in compliance with the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation. The specifics of the charge being: That on the 21st July 2017, Mr Sears, a licensed Thoroughbred trainer, did have in his possession, on his premises, nine (9) bottles of schedule 4 dug, “Tridenosen”, which was not obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation (uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons).

Mr Sears pleaded guilty to the charge. In determining the penalty, Stewards took into account Mr Sears guilty plea, his disciplinary record and the evidence provided at the inquiry. Stewards imposed a fine of $1000.

Well, Mr Harvey, my message to you is this: I make full disclosure when defending the trainer I admire in Robert Heathcote but when it comes to your mate Tony Sears, it seems you don’t.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Perhaps – on the Darling Downs at least – John Harvey believed that most in racing knew of his involvement with Tony Sears. But he is not the only high profile identity to have supported the stable in the past. Two that come to mind are harness king, Kevin Seymour and former Toowoomba Turf Club chairman Bob Frappell. In fact Mr Seymour has a testimonial on the stable website which reads:

‘I’m impressed with the communication received from the Sears stable. Owners often feel neglected but not with Tony Sears. My horses always look particularly well and in top condition and I could not be any more pleased.’

LGHR is in no way suggesting any impropriety on the part of Tony Sears in the way he trains his horses. But his latest run of success – and his family links with disqualified trainer Ben Currie – has led to much debate in the racing industry. Perhaps we should put it down to tall poppy syndrome.

       

 

QUEENSLAND RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION TESTS RECORD POSITIVES

THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has recorded the highest number of positive samples for prohibited substances in a financial year since the Commission’s inception in 2016.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the Commission’s testing regime over the three codes of racing has netted the highest number of positive samples since testing increased to more than 20,000 samples each year.

“While this financial year is not complete, we have already detected more than 100 positive samples for prohibited substances for the year and given the time remaining, that number is likely to increase,” he said.

“There has been some recent criticism of the Commission’s testing regime, but these results speak for themselves and are conclusive proof of the effectiveness of our current testing strategy.

“While we are never satisfied with these outcomes, it should provide confidence to the industry that cheaters are being detected.   

“I take the confidence of the industry very seriously and we are never satisfied or complacent in our effort to ensure racing is run on a level playing field in Queensland. 

“We acknowledge the recent comments and the Commission will continue to work with the industry to improve our suite of integrity measures, including testing volume and strategy.   

“We regularly review and modify our sampling and testing strategy and we have invested heavily in technology to ensure our testing facilities are world standard and will continue to do so.

“To improve integrity and animal welfare standards we have employed more race day stewards, more veterinarians and increased our investigative capacity including the creation if an intelligence team and an experienced commercial betting analyst to assist with our monitoring and investigations.

“With the upcoming Black-Type races, competitors can expect a further ramping up of our testing around these major events.”

 

‘WHY IS FINGER BEING POINTED AT TONY SEARS IN LEVEL PLAYING FIELD ACCUSTATIONS’?

TOOWOOMBA business identity JOHN HARVEY has raised some questions concerning the issues raised by top Brisbane trainer ROB HEATHCOTE concerning integrity in Queensland racing:

‘I have been following the Robert Heathcote lead demand for the QRIC to provide a “level playing field” for Queensland racing participants and I agree that whilst everything in Queensland racing is not what it should be I seriously question Mr Heathcote’s claims that certain trainers are flaunting the rules of racing to gain unfair advantage.

I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the statistics for Qld trainers in 2018/2019 and compare them to the statistics for this 2019/.2020 YTD.

I strongly suggest from looking at the stats that the biggest influence on this year versus last year was that Ben Currie was still on the scene and had finished the season 2018/2019 in 5th place on the trainers premiership table having won 36 races in the metro races and 96.5 races on the provincial table which was 1st place.

Now that Ben Currie is no longer able to train it is obvious that certain trainers have been the beneficiaries of his demise. The most obvious trainer from the stats is Tony Gollan who won the trainers premiership in 2018/2019 with 84 Toby Edmonds finished in 3rd place with 48 wins in  wins and is currently expecting to win 100+ metro races this year. Toby Edmonds finished in 3rd place in 2018/2019 with 48 wins and is currently in 2nd place with 56 wins so far this year with 2 months of racing to go. There a long list of trainers who are benefitting from Ben Curries demise and they are probably the trainers who are conspicuous from their silence.

There are plenty of other examples of top trainers benefitting from the charges which the QRIC initiated against Ben Currie (with I might add plenty of prompting from Robert Heathcote) but I really wonder why the finger has been pointed to Tony Sears and to a lesser degree other Darling Downs trainers. Tony Sears finished in 13th place on the metro premiership ladder in 2018/2019 with 15 wins and is currently in 16th place with 13 wins. Ben Currie also had a major influence on the provincial premiership and his absence has benefitted trainers. Robert Heathcote has not figured as a top trainer of provincial horse for some time.

I really wonder what is Mr Heathcote and his fellow “bitching” trainers problem and I strongly suggest that they remember the old adage that “people in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stone”.

This is just my opinion for what it is worth.’

‘MORE FINGER DOWN THE THROAT RUBBISH ON PRESS ROOM’

JOHN the FIREMAN from DEAGON, a regular contributor, says that things in Queensland racing have got the better of him yet again:

'AFTER listening to the Press Room edition (on Radio 4TAB on Monday) I came to the conclusion – like a lot of others – that it was nothing more than finger down the throat stuff.

For host David Fowler to present that load of rubbish begs the question: “How gullible do they think we are?”

My take on tracks:

Albion Park: They have to be kidding suggesting Queensland host another Interdominion at the Creek. The track facilities were an embarrassment the last time they held one in Brisbane and these certainly haven’t got any better since. The corporate white tent was pitched near the finish line but there was next to no-one in it. The race caller’s box still remains precariously above the scaffolding.

Come on Mr Steele, let’s see you skills put into work and get onto Pin’s Parnell for answers and action regards a new facility that should provide a ‘State of the Art” track that addresses the product first and foremost with good public facilities that deliver reasons for people to go to the trots. There does not appear to be anything available regarding the site or what the plans look like for a new track and facilities.

Eagle Farm: How have we got to this situation? History will show a previous track that was probably laid with picks and shovels and a string line for levels that stood the test of time. Now we have modern technology that should build anything with laser levels and state of the art products and procedures. Yet we have a dud several times over that is costing millions.

Questions???

Why wouldn’t you have used same grass that Doomben has? Particularly as both tracks then become standard regards maintenance especially considering the Doomben renovation was successful. It still sounds wrong to have couch when other grass types have been successfully used over a long period.

Why does SE Queensland struggle with track renovations? Mackay, Rocky and others in the north and west of the State have had success and Rocky has gone under water several times.

The water issue regards Eagle Farm has gone quiet particularly the cost to provide it. Are the buildings, especially the new units, providing captured water for the racecourse?

I think I know the answer as that would need to provide SMART thinking. Like capturing wash down bay water to be used as grey water.

What’s happening regards a synthetic track and will it be better than the last disaster? What has the research shown?

What’s happened regards the redevelopment of the Deagon facility and results of public scrutiny of the project?

Someone needs to be made accountable for these things and answers should be able to be provided from RQ – come on ‘Pins’ or ‘Mr Racing Minister’ – step up to the plate and stop using your ‘spin doctors’ every time a controversial question needs to be answered.'

 

‘STEWARDS IN QUEENSLAND ARE NOT TRYING HALF HARD ENOUGH’

SAFARI MICK, a well-informed contributor, has his say on concerns raised by trainers over the integrity of racing in Queensland, especially when it comes to testing:

‘SO we have trainers concerned about Integrity in the ‘Sunshine State’. That comes as no surprise as trainers are usually concerned about something.

Then we had ‘Chief Plod's’ response. Now that should alarm the industry, as it was the typical bureaucratic rubbish that arguably indicates the QRIC top dog has little clue about racing.

He says: “Cheating will always be part of the racing industry and the risk grows as prizemoney increases but there is more being done now than ever before to test, investigate and prosecute participants to ensure there is a level playing field in racing in Queensland."  Well that would certainly fill the hearts of all the racing industry with confidence!

Archie Butterfly's figures on swabbing got me thinking, so I too had a look at the ‘Sunshine State's’ Stewards’ Reports.

What was reported therein, or more precisely what was not reported, should alarm any person invested or remotely interested in racing in Queensland.

From Friday May 1, through to Sunday May 24, QRIC regulated 38 race meetings. All winners plus a handful of other runners were post-race sampled. A review of other States would suggest this level of activity would be the minimum standard. It seems that perhaps beaten favourites and unsatisfactory performances go through to the keeper.

Pre-race samples (usually blood for TC02 testing) were taken at the five metro meetings, including the Gold Coast on Saturday May 16, totalling 73 samples.

Considering this number accounted for about 44 races, the level of activity equates to (about) 1.6 samples per race. By comparison to other States, this figure appears terribly small.

But then look at the remainder of the race meetings (provincial and country). At the remaining 31 race meetings during the period pre-race sampling occurred at only seven other meetings.  Does that sound like open slather?  At three race meetings at the Sunshine Coast 32 pre-race samples were taken. Yet at the remaining 28 meetings throughout the State a total of 15 pre-race samples were taken and those occurred at just five meetings.

Yep, that does sound like open slather. Do your very ‘best’ guys!  Is that the message?

Sorry Chief Plod, the good people of the industry including punters are entitled to an explanation. Are there budget limitations on the sampling of horses at race meetings in Queensland?  One would seriously hope so. Otherwise you need to interrogate your Chief Steward and his merry men? Or are your stewards restricted in the number of samples they might take at any meeting?

These above figures would suggest there are serious questions to be answered.

At the rate of tests being taken thus far in May, QRIC are way behind the 2,885 samples reported by Chief Plod to Ben Dorries of Racenet. Is someone in Government starting to get interested in budget lines at QRIC?

And thanks to Comissioner ‘Einstein’, how about this little gem: "Sadly the need to catch the few cheaters and uphold the integrity of the industry to protect the majority, and the wagering public, is not diminishing." Well minimum testing then should fill us all with great confidence.

Commissioner, cop the tip, even if YOU knew where to look, you and your boys are not trying half hard enough!'

 

 

QUEENSLAND RACING ON THE NOSE – STATE NEEDS A NEW CHIEF STIPE

WHEN a half dozen of the top trainers in the State publicly declare racing in Queensland ‘on the nose’ it’s hardly a ringing endorsement for punters to bet on the product or moreso the effectiveness of the Chief Steward.

Letsgohorseracing and Archie Butterfly have been suggesting this for months, based on what we were being told by those in the know, all the while being declared ‘bitter, ill-informed stirrers’ by some of our esteemed colleagues in the mainstream racing media.

All of a sudden one of the best turf scribes in the land (Ben Dorries) writing for one of the best racing websites (racenet) took the concerns a step further and some top trainers, frustrated by a lack of action from the stewards, went public.

What they had to say couldn’t have come at a worse time – just when the ‘pretend’ Winter Carnival had got underway in Brisbane on an Eagle Farm track that continues to cause major concerns and days after some moron phoned in a bomb threat prompting interstate critics, tongue-in-cheek to suggest: ‘They should have blown the joint up long ago’.

Sadly Queensland Racing Commissioner Ross Barnett finds himself forced to declare: “I don’t accept the premise that most of the industry lacks confidence (in QRIC).”

Fortunately, he didn’t add the words ‘in our Chief Steward (Peter Chadwick) and some of his troops.’ Not to mention the Appeals System but that’s not the fault of QRIC – that lies squarely at the feet of Governments of both persuasions that have allowed it to become the laughing stock of the racing legal process in this country.

BEN DORRIES summed up the situation on racenet when he wrote:

‘INTEGIRTY issues appear to have reached flashpoint in Queensland racing with a cross-section of trainers up in arms - complaining they are not competing on a level playing field and insisting the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission isn't doing enough to stop doping and cheating.

A body of trainers, collectively with more than a century of racing experience and including 10-time Group I winner Rob Heathcote who now has the Group I JJ Atkins favourite Rothfire, have joined forces.

They have revealed their concerns only two weeks out from Queensland's winter carnival showpiece the Stradbroke Handicap. They say there is not nearly enough pre-race testing of horses and that QRIC, which oversees integrity standards and stewarding in Queensland, is ineffective.

Like Racenet, letsgohorseracing has been contacted by trainers, stakeholders and the punting public complaining about the state of integrity in racing in Queensland. Pulling no punches their concerns are directed squarely at the Darling Downs which most say is the ‘root of all evil in racing in the north’.

Trainers Robert Heathcote, Kelly Schweida, Bryan and Daniel Guy, and Desleigh Forster voiced a number of concerns to racenet.com.au on Sunday, with a common theme being they have little confidence in the integrity of racing at the moment, nor the way it is administered by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

Heathcote said he was “certain it is not clean here” and claimed “it is possibly the worst it has been since I came into racing”. There are many others who feel the same way but are not prepared to go public for obvious reasons.

LGHR has maintained for some time that racing in Queensland needs a no-nonsense, tough steward like Terry Bailey brought in to clean the joint up. It could have happened some years ago but was blocked by influential people with close ties to the National Party on the advice of some questionable characters we understand.

We have long questioned why anyone would not want Bailey here if they were serious about integrity in racing and also highlight the fact that all the controversial issues that have happened in racing in Queensland were at a time when the LNP was in Government.

But rather than rave on there has been so many ‘whinges’ to LGHR on this topic that here are some of the contributions that we have received:

“FROM a punters’ perspective my mates and I rate Peter Chadwick the worse Chief Steward ever to put his feet under the desk at Queensland Racing. Any hope of Terry Bailey coming here and putting a broom through the joint will evaporate if the LNP wins the next election.”

“MOST things bad occurring in south-east Queensland racing emanate from Toowoomba. QRIC has to be aware of links between certain key figures who win plenty of races with horses that grow a leg overnight. Stewards based on the Downs don’t seem interested in taking any action and should be replaced. Memo Commissioner Barnett: Get your fence jumpers (if you still have any) to visit the rural township of Charlton, 13km west of Toowoomba with a population of about 120. You might be surprised to learn what goes on behind closed doors at a premises there.”

“HOW weak is the mainstream racing media in Brisbane. It took the websites to expose the concerns of some very high profile trainers before the Racing Editor of The Courier Mail even bothered to follow up on the story. It’s like his weak-kneed approach to how the Eagle Farm track played last Saturday. He doesn’t seem interested in rocking the official boat or protecting the interests of the punters. And as for his pontificating mate ‘Feathers’ Fowler, well don’t expect him to say too much about the gallops problems when there is only one joint worse and that’s the ‘red hots’ at Albion Park, the club where he is chairman. Talk about conflicts of interest.’

“Did you notice that there were a couple of notable absentees from those top trainers prepared to go public with their concerns about racing being ‘on the nose’ in Queensland. Perhaps they weren’t contacted or preferred not to comment for personal reasons. I am talking about Tony Gollan in particular, as well as Team Edmonds of the Gold Coast and Stuart Kendrick from the Sunshine Coast.”

“Why turn this latest drama into an issue involving the Appeals System and the delays involved in hearings in Queensland. The stewards don’t give enough people time any more to worry about any delays.”

“There seems little doubt that Rob Heathcote was referring to some recent winners from certain stables jumping out of the ground to win and the lack of testing when he suggested it isn’t a level playing field. But from a punters’ perspective how about the favorites that miss the start, sit three wide or run up backsides that we have to deal with on a regular basis.”   

 

AGAIN & AGAIN CHADWICK SHOWS HIS INEFFICIENCES AS CHIEF STIPE

By ARCHIE BUTTERFLY

HOW did Jake Bayliss get away with hitting Plenty 14 times before the 100 metre mark in Race 5 at Doomben on Saturday?

Why wasn’t he charged?

He hit the thing 24 times in total, full pelt. Watch the head on, you can’t miss it.

It was a brilliant ride, absolute genius. It was like stepping back in time and watching Mick Dittman lift his mount over the line. If he was the Enforcer, then surely Jake Bayliss is the Enforcer II.

I backed Plenty, and won plenty, just as I did by backing the horse at the Coast the start before. Stuart Kendrick is a brilliant trainer, he’s taken this gay deceiver from Australia’s best trainer Chris Waller, and he’s worked it out and by doing so has turned its form right around. There’s not many who could do that. It’s been a tremendous achievement, one that draws Kendrick tremendous kudos.

But the simple fact is that Jake Bayliss cheated.

Do you know what the Stewards said about it?

Nothing.

The panel was chaired by our Chief Steward Peter Chadwick.

Fourteen strikes before the hundred by Bayliss, and 10 after, and Chadwick didn’t even see it. He must have been blind.

How poor a steward is Peter Chadwick?

How lucky are Jake Bayliss and me?

How unlucky are those who play within the Rules?

How, how, how?

The real question is when?

When are we going to bring Terry Bailey back?

Urgently I hope.

Forget Peter Moody.

He’s three-quarters of the problem.

Terry Bailey is the solution.

Come home Terry.

We need you.

 

TIME TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD IN QLD RACING & THAT STARTS WITH THE STIPES

By ARCHIE BUTTERFLY

 

DIDN’T Brad Stewart have a lucky day out at Ipswich on Sunday?

First he cops a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket for flogging the crap out of his mount in flagrant violation of the racing rule that was implemented to show we care about animal welfare, when clearly many really don’t, and the incy wincy fine he gets is based on the fact that he’s got a wonderful record in relation to bashing horses with hard leather sticks when he’s not allowed to.

Stewart had a great record alright.

A record of violations as long as your arm, and his good fortune was that the only three people in the world who couldn’t read his rap sheet were the only trio that mattered – his mate the Chief Steward who’s not Neil Boyle, the real chief Peter Chadwick, and the QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett whose only interaction with horses prior to becoming head of one of Queensland’s Principal Racing Authorities was watching the Lone Ranger and Tonto on Trigger and whatever the dark bloke’s horse was called on TV as a kid.

It was lucky escape.

A real strange one too, given that Neil Boyle – as both a former jockey colleague of Stewart’s, and at one time a trainer who engaged him as his rider of choice – should have been the one Steward in Queensland who knew Bradley Stewart’s record better than anyone in the business.

Poor old Boyley – who no-one but Chadwick rates, but most folk like – must have been having a real bad day in the memory stakes, for he completely forgot his friend Bradley’s careless riding record too.

See how after Stewart was charged with a breach of AR 131(a) for careless riding his sentence was reduced after the Stewards took into account his previous good record in relation to the rule?

It’s bullshit.

Brad Stewart doesn’t have a good record when it comes to safe riding, he has an absolutely appalling one, with serious transgressions going back thirty years and never stopping.

I could give you dozens of examples, but for the sake of brevity here are just two.

On Doomben Ten Thousand day 2018 Stewart skittles Chauffeur’s rider and almost sends him head first over the inside running rail. He is charged with reckless riding, and outed for a month.