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« 2018-Sep-03, 07:09 AM Reply #5675 »
They need to ask what the hell was going on with Order Again. The odds on fave in the 2nd who blew like a gale and raced ungenerously (???) :shutup:
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« 2018-Sep-03, 07:59 AM Reply #5676 »
No surprise stewards asked for a please explain after Bel Burgess improved massively on its two previous runs in class 6 to win R5 a good class Benchmark 80 at the Sunny Coast yesty...it did have some weight relief and an increase in distance from the two beforehand.

Ridden by Jeff LLoyd at its previous two runs it was never likely ....it ran 6th on 4 th Aug in a Class 6 over 1350m starting at $26 ......its previous run ran it last on 21 July after showing early speed stewards report that day was that "Stewards will interview J. Lloyd regarding his riding of the gelding over the final stages " the horse dropped out and Jeff didn't punish it when he was obviously well beaten.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/video-replays/player/thoroughbred/doom/20180804/race/9

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/video-replays/player/thoroughbred/doom/20180721/race/6
 
Race 5: CLINIC ONE BENCHMARK 80 H’CAP – 1400M
 
BEL BURGESS – Trainer D. Murphy was questioned regarding the horse’s seemingly improved performance. He indicated that he had expected a forward showing in today’s event as he had anticipated the track having more give than at its two most recent starts. He added that the horse has performed well previously racing on similar surfaces. He further added that the gelding was able to obtain the lead without being challenged today and he believed that this was also beneficial to the horse’s chances. He indicated that he had supported the horse in today’s event as he believed that having a 3kg claiming apprentice was also a significant factor.

The difference according to the trainer was attributed to the track conditions being more suitable ...it was a Good 4 pentrometer 6.35 whereas the two previous runs over 1350 were rated a good 3 ...all the horse's previous wins were on good tracks ...the trainer is obviously a better judge than most punters....came in from $14 to $10

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/scst/20180901/race/5

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I'm sure anyone who was familiar with Bel Burgess from his Victorian days would accept the trainer's explanation.

Once he was able to clear the field the way he did, he was always going to be hard to catch especially with the allowance and on the kind racing surface.

He had a very good record in Vic as a strong front runner before hard tracks and big weights got to him.

I hadn't had a bet in Queensland for many months but did put a few dollars on Cedarwood on Sat.

Didn't even get a run for my money so I'll take that as a sign. :thumbsd:

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« 2018-Oct-10, 07:53 PM Reply #5677 »
11-year-old Fighting Heart set to race again after five-year hiatus
By David Hocking Yesterday at 10:22pm
Fighting Heart with Ipswich-based trainer Kathy GruenefeldImage: Imogen Gruenefeld
Updated Wednesday 9:22am



It's rare enough to see a horse still going around at 11 years of age, but it's rarer still to see one do so first-up after five years off the scene.

But that's exactly what we'll witness when ex-Hong Kong galloper Fighting Heart resumes in Queensland in the not too distant future.

The old boy was down to run in a Class 5 at Ipswich on Wednesday but he'll have to wait a little longer after the meeting was abandoned.

The Australian-bred son of Show A Heart hasn't raced since finishing fourth at Sha Tin way back in June 2013.

Fighting Heart plied his trade there for 18 months - winning four of his 15 races - but ended up struggling with the lack of open air and paddocks.

Hong Kong is a phenomenal city with a world class racing industry, but it is also a densely-packed metropolis with a premium placed on clean air and green space.

Some horses cope better with this than others - which can also be said of humans - and while Fighting Heart was performing well enough on the track, he wasn't exactly flourishing in the environment, prompting an end to his stint there and a return to Australia.

Fast forward to 2015 and the horse seemed destined to live out his days as a hobby horse for new owner Kathy Gruenefeld. That is, until a bizarre paddock incident startled the horse and led to a lightbulb moment between Gruenefeld and her husband.

As Gruenefeld explains it: "He got his rug caught as it came off and he bolted. He was flying around the paddock like a madman with this rug flying behind him like superman's cape."

“My husband made the comment ‘Is there any reason why this horse can't race again?', and I said, 'well ...  no ...  he's completely sound, there's nothing wrong with him."

 
Fighting Heart (AUS)
Kathleen Gruenefeld
11yoG (ch) Show a Heart x Tara's Pride
RATING 76
Career
15 4-3-1
Earnings
$272,892
Last 10
10 4-3-1
Win Range
1650-1800m

Fighting Heart was eight at the time, which some consider long in the tooth when it comes to racehorses. But Gruenefeld saw things differently.

Having spent the better part of 25 years training eventers, show-jumpers and dressage horses - who don’t get taken seriously until they are upwards of 12 - she didn't see age as a barrier, just a number.

What she couldn't have foreseen was the at times trying three-year journey it took to get to this point.

"It's been a long road. It's a very uphill battle if you want to try and go backwards to get a horse's paperwork. But it can be done if you're persistent enough."

It actually took until July this year for the Ipswich-based conditioner to obtain her training licence and it was only recently that she received Fighting Heart's ID card.

Fortunately she was fuelled by fondness for the horse and a genuine belief in his ability.

"He’s a fantastic horse, the sweetest boy you’ve ever met - and so bloody hard working," said Gruenefeld glowingly.

Her passion for the horse is as plain as day, which may well be due to the circumstances surrounding his purchase.

Gruenefeld went to an agent with the intention of buying a different horse, but instead it was this bloke that most tugged on her heart-strings.

“He caught my eye because I have a real passion for taking horses that have hit a flat spot in their life and turning that around and rehabilitating them and fixing them up."

"Horses do fall on harder times and he wasn’t in a great place. He wasn’t particularly healthy when I bought him - he was completely structurally sound, there was nothing wrong with him in that way - he was just a scrawny, filthy, not terribly great looking boy.

“But I am a bleeding heart. I try not to burden my family with horses I can’t fix, but I didn’t see any reason not to give him a go - to at least move onto being a show horse."

It turns out Fighting Heart didn't share Gruenefeld's enthusiasm, particularly for show-jumping: "We looked at that option first but he’ll never be a show-jumper, he thinks it’s for idiots.”

She soon learned that when it comes to racing he is a different animal.

"You get him on the track and he’s completely focused and in the zone. He knows when it’s business and when he’s got free time to sticky-nose and take in the world.”

Fighting Heart only returned to trackwork in July - over five years after he last raced - but he'd already had plenty of work put into him away from the track.

They say there is no substitute for race fitness - and punters will likely worry that he is underdone - but Gruenefeld insists his fitness base is there.

"We do a lot of muscle and endurance work - so he works more than most people do, hourly, in a week."

“He’s a horse that prefers a little bit of distance - 1600m to 1800m has worked well for him in the past and we found in training it has worked for him again.

“He’s actually been working longer distances just to make sure his stamina is where it needs to be. When we go to the track people think I’m insane because we don’t go and do two laps we do six. He’s incredibly fit."

Fighting Heart in trackwork at Ipswich
PICTURED: Jockey Jason Missen partnering Fighting Heart in trackwork at Ipswich Turf Club.

While some punters might dismiss Fighting Heart because of his age, for Gruenefeld it's a non-issue:  "There are so many reasons why his age is actually an advantage and combined with the way he trains makes him even better. He's tough, he's savvy and he can push through the burn of a tough run," she insists.

Regardless of where Fighting Heart finishes when he resumes, the journey he and his trainer have taken to get to this point is a testament to them both and a triumph in its own right.

And if Gruenefeld does end up training the "big fella" back into the winner's circle, then this story gets the fairytale ending it deserves.

In a curious but related footnote, Gruenefeld's also has an unraced eight-year-old, Syber Warrior, who is set to debut soon.

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« 2018-Oct-11, 07:50 AM Reply #5678 »
I see Tim Clark used to ride him in HK.
They should reunite for his return

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« 2018-Oct-20, 02:40 PM Reply #5679 »
I'm sure anyone who was familiar with Bel Burgess from his Victorian days would accept the trainer's explanation.

Once he was able to clear the field the way he did, he was always going to be hard to catch especially with the allowance and on the kind racing surface.

He had a very good record in Vic as a strong front runner before hard tracks and big weights got to him.




Ditto Ditto

 Very easy lead again, 51kgs and $15.00 into $7.00.

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« 2018-Nov-18, 11:05 AM Reply #5680 »
Jockeys send off a valued room-mate

FAREWELL: Retiring jockey room attendant Doug Weir (centre) at his farewell with local hoops. Pictu Trackside Photography

RETIRING Jockeys Room attendant Doug Weir estimates he sorted about 300,000 saddlecloths and handed over just as many jockey silks in his 13 years working on Brisbane racecourses.

Weir, 74, retired last month and jockeys made a special presentation to him yesterday.

“Never a day went by without you doing something above and beyond,” jockey Jim Byrne said.

“We’re sad to see you go, but we’re very happy that we can give you something as a small token to express our appreciation.

“I’m sure every jockey here that you’ve done anything for appreciates what you’ve done for us.”

Weir said it was “a job with a difference” and one where you never knew what could happen in a day.

“Even days that looked straight forward on paper could turn to turmoil in a very short time,” he said.

“I would like to think I gave the job my best shot.

“I made a few stuff-ups over the years, but nothing major.”

While the organising of saddle cloths, transferring of colours and calling for medical assistance when needed were all vital parts of the job, Weir’s trickiest duty was allocating spots in the jockeys’ room, something that could become particularly sticky during carnival time with visiting jockeys.

Shane Scriven came in for special mention as a jockey who regarded his usual spot in the room as sacred.

“Sometimes there was problems with seating that would upset a few of the jockeys, they would get a bit cranky if someone was sitting in their seat,” he said.

Weir is set to have surgery this week to remove a kidney which has a tumour, following which he will undergo chemotherapy. He hopes to be back at the races soon.

“Saturdays in future will be quite boring, but it will be a lot easier on my poor feet,” he said.

“Thoroughbred racing has been my hobby for 50 years and will continue to be part of my life.

“I’ll be keeping my eyes on what’s going on down here. You (jockeys) won’t be getting away with anything I don’t know about.”

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Good luck to Doug with his health issues.

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« 2019-Jan-07, 08:33 AM Reply #5681 »
CANDY MAN IS SWEET AS

IT IS drawing a long bow to compare restricted-class horse The Candy Man with the legendary Gunsynd but there was a touch of the Goondiwindi Grey when the gelding won at the Sunshine Coast yesterday.

Gunsynd is rated among Australia’s greatest horses, winning 29 races, and he is the only horse to win all four of the nation’s premier miles and a Cox Plate.

He was part-owned by the late George Pippos, who left his colours to his brother Lucky Pippos, who uses them to race The Candy Man.

The Candy Man ($1.50), who is also a grey, was expected to win an 1800m race at the Sunshine Coast easily but he missed the start by 10 to 12 lengths when he refused to jump with the field.

Under the urgings of jockey Damian Browne, The Candy Man chased the field down and eventually hit the lead at the 100m to score an easy win.

The Candy Man has already had plenty of media exposure because he broke his jaw in seven places in a stable accident.

The gelding spent nearly 10 hours on the operating table at the Gatton horse hospital.

Trainer Barry Baldwin said it was an outstanding effort from the surgeon and the team to save The Candy Man.

AAP
https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/video-replays/player/thoroughbred/scst/20190106/race/4
I saw this race amazing that The CandyMan could get up after it lost a lot of ground at the start there was an attendant in with him which may have contributed to his not jumping with the field ..as the race uinfolded he made up lost ground ..some estimates were he lost 6 to 8 lengths today probably after reviewing the footage the estimate has increased to 12 lengths a lot less than Shannon who just failed to catch Blue Legend in the Group1 at Randwick back all those years ago ...Barry Baldwin wasn't too sure what measures he intends to employ to cure the horse of his barrier problems maybe another Pakistan Star in the making ..hello Monty you still there.
Noticed Blinkers were off yesty previous runs had them on would that have made the difference at his previous run was slowky away but not like he did yesty just stood there.
Replay below.
 https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/doom/20181219

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« 2019-Feb-17, 01:00 PM Reply #5682 »
I noticed a newcomer yesty at Doomben Xanthus the same name as the dam of one of my  favourite horses of all time Hianthus ch.g by Highstrung x Xanthus trained at Beaudesert by the late Bill Krafft a prolific winner of many races provincial and in town he was placed in one Stradbroke and  always did its best....and there's another rename not in the same class Proletaire which raced at Toowoomba last night had 14 starts for zero wins can't pick its feet up......the former Proletaire trained by the late Fred Best was a prolific winner in Brisbane once during the end of the Winter carnival at EF in August it raced three times in the week winning the Ascot H'cap 7 furlongs on the Saturday  the Exhibition H'cap 10 furlongs on the Wednesday public holiday and on the final Saturday the Metropolitan H'cap 12 furlongs..no comparison between the two of the same name.

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« 2019-Feb-24, 09:00 AM Reply #5683 »
SKY FALLING DOWN

TENSIONS are at boiling point again over Brisbane metropolitan coverage on SKY Thoroughbred Central.

BRC officials were incensed yesterday when Albury, which hosted Country Championships qualifiers, was included in the Central mix along with Gosford.

It meant Eagle Farm did not receive mounting yard coverage until Race 9 and post-race interviews of only the last two races, won by Scallopini and Benfica Princess, were aired live.

“How can Racing Queensland grow revenue and turnover when Eagle Farm takes second fiddle to Gosford,” BRC chief executive Dave Whimpey said. “It’s appalling treatment of our product up here.”

From Nathan Exelby's column in the SM today

ENDS
Have to endorse this complaint ........ yesterday  SKY's coverage of  parade rings fromthe two bush meetings was given precedence over Brisbane's metro meeting at Eagle Farm ....the talkfest coverage after the Sydney races seemed to go on and on while by this time at Eagle Farm the horses were in the barrier or on their way ....no mounting yard preview ..admittedly there was one delayat EF when a strapper was kicked in the arm and the horses were taken back from the yard ....while that didn't help with the timing of races Brisbane should get a lot better treatment than it receives....... metro meetings should be given preference over provincials on Saturdays.

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« 2019-Feb-24, 07:38 PM Reply #5684 »
Who cares ? Does any serious punter take any notice  of this mounting yard drivel  ? It is usually conducted by some former second rate jockey or the like. Dave Whimpey wouldn't have a clue. He would be flat out knowing which end the feed goes in. Listening to that garbage is like watching the half hour before a football match starts . It is simply irrelevant padding before the real deal gets underway.

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« 2019-Feb-24, 08:23 PM Reply #5685 »
Well those who like some of that blather from the mounting yard will advise us that Lizzie Jelfs put them into a 60/1 winner yesterday at Rosehill.

Well they will after they sober up.

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« 2019-Feb-24, 08:42 PM Reply #5686 »
One Question ., Who is Lizzie Jelfs ? Do your own form , you will finish a mile in front compared to listening to these urgers. I always reckoned ; " If they were that smart, why would they tell everyone and ruin their own price ? The obvious answer is that they aren't and are just copping a cheap sling.

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« 2019-Feb-25, 12:09 AM Reply #5687 »
Who cares ? Does any serious punter take any notice  of this mounting yard drivel  ? It is usually conducted by some former second rate jockey or the like. Dave Whimpey wouldn't have a clue. He would be flat out knowing which end the feed goes in. Listening to that garbage is like watching the half hour before a football match starts . It is simply irrelevant padding before the real deal gets underway.

Geezus gunbower. Let us know what you really think will ya   :lol:

It is not all drivel. They will tell you if a horse is playing up or is sweating too much generally I find these horses do not perform - generally - not all the time.

Also most of them can recall seeing them the last time they paraded and are not afraid to say if they look better or worse.

I particularly like the interviews with the trainers and jockeys pre-race. They all seem pretty genuine to me.

Libby Hopwood who does the NSW country form on Formlines (not from the mounting yard ? one of your second rate jockeys) has a win strike rate of around 40% with her selections.

You can choose not to listen to them or you can listen to them. No one is forcing anyone to back their tips.

Well done to Lizzie in spotting the longshot on Saturday.

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« 2019-Feb-25, 08:24 PM Reply #5688 »
PP I am glad you find their comments so rivetting. That's fine. In a democracy it is wonderful that we all get to voice our opinion. My original statements followed a gripe from Queensland that they were not getting the trimmings you enjoy. The contention I have is that I couldn't care less about such trimmings. As far as my crack about the "second rate jockeys" I naturally exclude the late great Roy Higgins and Wayne Harris. As far as the rest of them : and my description of them , I think I over rated them. Third rate is much closer to reality. Thanks for pointing out my error.

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« 2019-Mar-04, 06:31 PM Reply #5689 »
Listening to Davie Fowler's top rated radio today show the surprise guest was racing minister Stirling Hinchcliffe this interview occupied a little over 21 minutes....and covered the current three code structure v a return to independant boards for each of the codes ..unscrambling the egg and returning the assets will be a major hurdle IMO .....the integrity system and QRIC ......the infrastructure issues...Albion Park.........the final$8M from the guvment's $22M investment..... Hinchey has organised a Racing Forum at Parliament house commencing at 9am running to 12 pm on Wednesday to discuss all things racing ....up to this disclosure  it appears to have been a closely guarded secret...... probably invitation only ..just a guess,,,,,they probably don't want the riff raff turning up in boardshorts and thongs...or asking awkward questions.....it would be a nice gesture assuming Hinchey escapes relatively unscathed if at the conclusion of the discussion he invites all present to lunch in the dining room... put it on his expense account.......Parliament isn't sitting on wednesday so there'll be plenty of room for freeloaders if the kitchen is open.

Here's your host Davie Fowler on Press Room. first 22 mins.

https://audioboom.com/posts/7191072-press-room-04-03-19 


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« 2019-Mar-07, 09:13 AM Reply #5690 »
Racing ‘above politics’
NATHAN EXELBY
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STRIDES: Stirling Hinchliffe.
RACING Minister Stirling Hinchliffe gave a commitment to reform integrity, deliver on infrastructure promises and provide certainty for the racing industry regardless of the political cycle at a Parliament House forum yesterday.

Representatives from Racing Queensland, QRIC, clubs and each of the three racing codes made short presentations, along with Hinchliffe himself, during the three-hour session.

At last October’s landmark $26 million announcement regarding new annual funding for thoroughbred racing, the Government asked for an industry commitment on reform that would secure the long term viability of the industry.

Those reforms were a requirement of the Government releasing the final $8 million of that annual funding.

“It was a great demonstration that there is a willingness and commitment across three codes to see reform,” Hinchliffe said.

“It’s about making sure we have an industry that is going to be more sustainable, delivering more for its participants and more for Queensland.”

Hinchliffe agreed with assertions Racing Queensland needed to have certainty and not something that could be uprooted by the result of an election.

“Institutions for the industry should be more robust than the challenges of the political cycle,” he said.

“I really want to see RQ not be a political football and the racing industry not to be a political football. That’s my commitment to you.”

The minister said any moves to break up the tri-code model would have to be the subject of a broader review of the legislation but suggested now was not the right time to “tear everything up” because “we’re starting to make good strides”.

However, he noted there was a need to make sure there’s “more code specific decision making and in fact code responsiveness and flexibility.”

With regards to changes to QRIC and the appeals process, Hinchliffe noted there was a statutory review of the Racing Integrity Act 2016 scheduled for this year, but also hinted changes could be made earlier.

“We are very conscious as a government if there are things we can do earlier and quicker that enhance people’s confidence in the system, then I am open to doing that,” he said. “I will continue to look at ways in which the appeal mechanism can be amended to better suit the needs of maintaining confidence in the integrity of racing.”

With regards to infrastructure changes, Hinchliffe said Albion Park would play a “catalytic role” in determining how infrastructure for greyhounds and harness would look.

Hinchliffe said he understood why participants in those codes did not feel their expectations were being delivered upon.

The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club’s Luke Gatehouse described the forum as “an extremely worthwhile exercise”.

ENDS

One big happy family by the sounds of it getting back to the day when Kevin Dixon proclaimed "We  run as one" which was the subject of some derision.......full credit to Hinchey for taking the initiative obviously full of good intentions his problem will be getting any changes through thr political process...most of his comrades aren't interested in racing apart from the photo opportunities at Carnival time ........rescrambling the RQ model is in the too hard basket where IMO it deserves to be ......amending the appeal system within the racing industry would be a good starting point .....internal reviews could be improved and the guvment could create an independent  Racing Disciplinary Board ......delays in hearing at QCAT is the problem and outside Hinchey's influence...... it's the final arbiter...or for those still aggrieved application is available to the common law courts .....but it's only for those who can afford it ...filing fees ..daily hearing charges... and legal representation would be out of the reach of most all ordinary participants.......today Kelly Doughty after one of her runners recently suffered a positive swab she  was sidelined for 12 months ....she is operating on a stay of proceedings ...today QCAT has set her case down for a compulsory conference possibly another name for a Directions hearing.....today at 2.30 in Brisbane.


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« 2019-Mar-09, 09:28 AM Reply #5691 »
Chris Waller has an online auction for Estikhraaj up on Gavel House it's on the market and although tends to wind suck would be a good buy on the country circuit.

https://gavelhouse.com.au/lot/824/estikhraaj

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« 2019-Apr-07, 08:54 AM Reply #5692 »
Rather than starting a new thread on a an issue that's very rare  there was a mistake by the judges at Toowoomba yesty in posting 5 Curdled fourth in the last race when 15 Cool Drafts number should have been posted ...the result an undeserved payout on the F4 to backers of Curdled which admittedly had no luck and depriving the F4 punters who had Cool Drafts ...too late to remedy the matter after correct weight was posted it was in all fairness a deceptively close finish but a costly mistake for some and an undeserved bonus for others....Curdled actually finished 8th the official result shows Cool drafts finished fourth....the judges and the stewards are both to blame.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/twba/20190406/race/9

"Following the declaration of correct weight, Stewards were notified by the Judges that an error had occurred with the semaphoring of the 4th placegetter. It was identified that, due to an inputting error, number 5 (CURDLED) was semaphored when in fact number 15 (COOL DRAFTS) had been placed 4th.  After confirming the correct placings Stewards, acting under AR. 214(4)(b), amended the placings accordingly.  In light of this incident, Stewards will ask the Toowoomba Turf Club to conduct a review into the judging process."

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« 2019-Apr-07, 05:47 PM Reply #5693 »
A frightfully embarrassing blunder to add to Qld racing’s tales of woe in recent years.

Astonishing that such a thing could happen in this day and age, but I guess if it was going to happen anywhere ...

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« 2019-Apr-07, 05:54 PM Reply #5694 »
I see the TAB have done the right thing this time and are paying on both cases,


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« 2019-Apr-12, 01:05 PM Reply #5695 »
Integrity is the issue
NATHAN EXELBY
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Aquis pulls out of Queensland racing
AQUIS Farm, the single biggest investor in Queensland racing, has announced it will cease racing horses in the state until its concerns over integrity are resolved.
Integrity in Queensland racing, which is administered by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, has been under fire for many months.
The unresolved charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie, which date back 12 months and include alleged use of jiggers and illegal race day treatments, have been central to the discussion.
Aquis runs one of the biggest racing teams in Australia. Up to 70 of those horses are based in Queensland, but that will not be the case until change occurs, following the organisation’s board meeting in Sydney yesterday.
Any horse Aquis owns outright or manages will not be raced in Queensland until “a number of integrity issues concerning Queensland racing are fully resolved to ensure a level playing field for all participants” it said in a statement.
Aquis Farm chief executive Shane McGrath said the decision would hurt Aquis more than anyone, but someone had to take a stand.
“I can tell you no one wanted to do this less than us. But we had to take a stand. We’re not pointing fingers at anyone. It’s the system, the process,” he said.
Aquis was the biggest buyer at this week’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney, spending $8,375,000 on 13 yearlings.
Mr McGrath said commentary from overseas visitors was the catalyst for yesterday’s board meeting. “European and overseas observers of Australian racing are acutely aware of the negatives and the integrity issues in Queensland racing is probably a predominant negative on our industry at the moment.”
Currie is facing 37 charges and another four swab irregularity hearings, but despite being stood down twice by QRIC, continues to train on a stay of proceedings granted by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Sources say Racing Queensland, which does not have control over integrity issues, is exploring its legal options.

ENDS

Seems a very extreme move effectively cutting off their nose to spite their face this will/should have no effect whatsoever on Qld racing.

They haven't specified what action could be taken that  would satisfy their "concerns" presumably they don't like licensees having the right to continue to ply their trade on being charged with an offence in other words guilty until proven innocent...a reversal of existing rights.

But RQ is said to be exploring its legal options ...there aren't any.

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« 2019-Apr-12, 08:37 PM Reply #5696 »
They must be kidding . We have the Chinese /Hong Kong mobs acquiring great tracts of our Country and then telling us that our justice system is not to their liking. Hey Mr Fung , have you ever heard of a little place called Tiananmen square. If you don't like it here , nick off , you wont be missed.


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