IN the wake of the on-going controversy that has engulfed the redevelopment of Eagle Farm, TERRY BUTTS reports in his ‘SILKS & SADDLES’ column that a cloud also hangs over the upgrade of the Cluden track in Townsville.

Butts writes:

TO many a cloud still hangs over the Eagle Farm track with more questions than answers.

The same in Townsville that also has a $6 million Evergreen track that has deteriorated significantly in the past six months and is about to undergo renovation – again to be funded by Racing Queensland, which obviously accepts some blame for its deterioration in the past six months.


PETER MOODY, Townsville’s special guest over the Cup carnival, had a swipe at officialdom during an entertaining speech at last Friday’s Calcutta.

Moody was not a wrap for the current administration – and the way racing is going in Queensland – and he is certainly not alone there.

He gave special mention to the recent appointment of a new senior steward which set the tongues wagging.


THE countdown for Cluden has begun and the big guns will arrive this week from all over for what is generally considered North Queensland’s biggest day of racing.

The iconic Cleveland Bay has attracted an entry of 29, including the best sprinters in the region plus a couple of southerners, and the time-honoured Townsville Cup will close the curtain on an eventful, topsy-turvy season for the TTC.

But it’s not just the horses that will parade at Cluden on Saturday.

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