ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING BONA FIDES OF WINNER OFF THE MARK

WE have received several e-mails containing allegations that a recent winner at a near Brisbane TAB track was actually prepared for the race by a leading trainer and not the person officially registered.

Because of the seriousness of the suggestions we have no intention of naming the parties allegedly involved despite the fact that the racing rumor mill has been working overtime – especially at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

FOLLOWING an inspection of the works at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton, the much anticipated opening of the Rockhampton course proper after its $6.5 million upgrade has been confirmed for January 29, 2010.

Queensland Racing Limited’s (QRL) racing services manager, Mr Paul Brennan said the project management team have provided advice that January 29, 2010 is the date that racing will resume on the course proper in Rockhampton.

 

NEW SHORT LIST OF SEVEN FOR QR BOARD VACANCIES INCLUDES SOME HIGH PROFILE CANDIDATES

A LARGE cross-section of the industry opposed to the appointment of Neville Stewart to the Queensland Racing Board were today claiming victory after the former Toowoomba Turf Club chairman failed to make a short list of seven.

Stewart was one of four on the original short list declared invalid following a Supreme Court challenge by sitting Board member, Bill Andrews, who failed to make that list.

The court ruled a change of Recruitment Company and the selection of a new short list from the applicants. The seven selected by KPMG included Andrews but excluded Stewart and Gold Coast dentist, Brian O’Hara, who were on the original four.

 

MORE TO SUMMER IN NORTH THAN JUST THE MAGIC MILLIONS CARNIVAL

QUEENSLAND will share the Summer Racing spotlight with Western Australia from this Saturday as the Sunshine State gears up for next month’s popular Magic Millions Carnival on the Gold Coast.

During the Summer Carnival in Queensland 14 Black Type races will be contested. In total there are 36 feature races carrying prizemoney of $75,000 or more each.

IS THE BOARD ELECTION PROCESS AT QUEENSLAND RACING FAIR?

THERE have been a number of e-mails in the past week which have questioned the fairness and legality of the actual election process and time-line for the vacant spots on the Board of Queensland Racing.

This election has been a contentious issue with the Supreme Court having ruled that a new Recruitment Company be appointed to deliver another short list but the issue being raised here involves the actual voting process.

MACKAY TURF CLUB UNDER FIRE FOR SACKING ITS RACING SECRETARY

RESPECTED Racing Writer, TERRY BUTTS, lifts the lid on another disgraceful sacking of a high profile and respected official in Queensland. Here is his story from the Silks and Saddles column, courtesy of the North Queensland Register:

MACKAY’S long-serving and highly regarded racing secretary, JOE HYNES, was unceremoniously sacked last week.

We could have said he resigned, and that’s exactly how the club would prefer to describe it.

BRILLIANT WIN BY VICTORIAN MARE IN THE G2 WINTERBOTTOM STAKES

VICTORIAN mare Ortensia will be set for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes and Stradbroke Handicap after her record-breaking win in the $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes, 1200m, at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer Tony Noonan will now spell Ortensia then target the $300,000 Robert Sangster, 1200m, at Morphettville in March and the $1 million Stradbroke, 1400m, at Eagle Farm on June 12, in which she ran third to Black Piranha this year.

THAT ‘FORGETFUL ERA’ AT QUEENSLAND RACING JUST WON’T GO AWAY

THE response to the Horsing Around column this week by Godfrey Smith, on what has been referred to as a ‘forgetful era’ for Queensland Racing, touched a few raw nerves and certainly caught us by surprise.

We didn’t realize how deep the feelings still run on the way some ‘dumped’ QR staff were allegedly treated back then and the affect it has had, not only on their own lives, but also that of their families and close friends.

CHARGE AGAINST TRAINER OLIVIA CAIRNS COULD NOT BE SUSTAINED

THE TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN reports that leading local trainer Olivia Cairns said justice had been done after she was cleared of a horse cruelty charge yesterday.

Queensland Racing adjudicating steward Michael Halliday found the charge under the Australian Rules of Racing could not be sustained that Cairns had mistreated a horse from her stable when she struck it with a metal scraper at trackwork at Cluden Park on October 8.

IS COUNTRY RACING GETTING ITS FAIR SHARE OF THE SPOILS?

THE following article has been printed courtesy of the North Queensland Register and Terry Butts from his weekly column, Silks and Saddles:

TUCKED away in the middle of Queensland Racing chairman Bob Bentley’s annual report delivered at the AGM of Queensland Racing Limited is ‘a little known fact that more Queenslanders attend a race meeting annually than a game of rugby league’.

Now, I am sure you would agree that is a highly significant statistic, and on investigation I learnt that the figures were actually sourced through the Australian Bureau of Statistics, giving more credibility to the claim.

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