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THE Gold Coast Turf Club needs lavish, Flemington-style members’ and public facilities as a priority when the $75 million racecourse upgrade begins next year, according to a leading columnist with the daily newspaper on the tourist strip, the GC Bulletin.

Peter Cameron, once a leading and controversial racing writer for the Brisbane Courier and Sunday Mail, is winding down his journalistic career on the Gold Coast but in the eyes of many in the industry remains the ‘spin doctor’ for Queensland Racing chairman, Bob Bentley.

CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver has rushed to Perth to be at the bed-side of his mother who was seriously injured in a fatal car smash on Tuesday.

Oliver’s mother, Pat, suffered two broken ribs, a fractured arm and a neck injury when the car in which she and a friend were travelling collided with an elderly couple travelling north on the Forrest Highway at Lake Clifton, south of Perth.


MAGIC Millions dominated the e-mails received by this web-site during the past week and the majority of these accused wealthy owners Gerry Harvey and John Singleton of turning the event into a media circus every year.

There were also several complaints about the ability of the Gold Coast track to cope with big fields on Millions day, television coverage of the event and the attitude of Queensland Racing chairman Bob Bentley to the Gold Coast Turf Club.

QUEENSLAND Racing Limited (QRL) chairman Mr Bob Bentley has today declared that Ray Stevens’ (Shadow Minister for Racing and Member for Mermaid Beach) recent outburst criticising the Queensland Government for its funding package for the racing industry shows that he must be permanently in holiday mode.

“It’s as if he has been woken up and thinks that he has a duty to criticise the Queensland Government notwithstanding the Government has just confirmed a significant funding package for the racing industry including the Gold Coast Turf Club,” said Mr Bentley.

TRAINER Gillian Heinrich rated the win by Military Rose in the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions on Saturday better than Group One glory.

Heinrich will now set Military Rose, $4 favorite, for the Golden Slipper at Rosehill after she made a one-act affair of the restricted two-year-old classic beating Sydney filly, Ambers Waltz, $8, and the Brisbane-trained Demanding Miss, $9.5.

THE unbeaten Gold Coast filly, Military Rose, has been best backed in early betting to win the $2 million Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Military Rose, a daughter of General Nediym from the Gillian Heinrich stable, has firmed from $8 to $6 with the Sydneysider Ambers Waltz drifting from $4 to $4.50 favoritism.

Form analysts from the letsgohorseracing web-site have assessed the form for the 10 races and we have provided early betting moves (with corporate bookmakers) below:     

PLANS for a merged control body for the three racing codes in Queensland are on the brink of collapse with major industry stakeholders prepared to mutiny over suggestions that a five-year term is being sought for the new Board headed by Bob Bentley.

The chairman of a major race club protested to Racing Minister Peter Lawlor at the perceived lack of transparency in the role that Bentley is playing in the proposed entity and says he has been told that the Government will only intervene if sufficient stakeholders provide a united objection.

THE Queensland Government has been quick to reject demands from the owners of the Magic Millions Bloodstock Company for a taxpayer handout to help create the world’s richest horse race.

MM principal Gerry Harvey has slammed the Bligh Government for failing to support this week's Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival, which he owns with fellow tycoon John Singleton.

THE barrier draws and early fixed odds markets for the big three races on the $4.6 million Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast on Saturday have been released.

Details of the draw and early odds are as follows:


AN independent review has been called for to determine the satisfaction level among members of the Toowoomba Turf Club to the installation of a controversial cushion track at Clifford Park.

Gary Wells, who describes himself as a ‘long-term member of the TTC and one of the ‘rag-tag trainers who opposed the destruction of the grass racetrack’, suggests the wider racing public should be canvassed on the issue as well.

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