Interesting wine after the event in the Sun Herald yesterday. After spending tens of thousands on radio, newspaper and website advertising maybe many members just didn't think she was up for the job, regardless of gender?
Racing may be the sport of kings, but in Brisbane last week it was also a nest of vipers.
The election of an all-male board to the newly-formed Brisbane Racing Club has triggered claims of chauvinism, backstabbing and duplicitous behaviour.
Members of the Brisbane Turf Club at Doomben and the Queensland Turf Club at Eagle Farm voted on Monday to elect eight directors to the amalgamated BRC board.
Four men each from the QTC and the BTC were elected but the two female directors one from each club were unsuccessful.
Kerrina King was considered highly qualified for the position: she was a Brisbane Turf Club director, runs her own bloodstock business and is executive secretary of the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association.
Her company, Kings Bloodstock, sponsored Race 7 at Doomben yesterday. She was invited to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2020 Summit in April to put forward her ideas for the future of thoroughbred racing and breeding in Australia.
Ms King said she suspected there was a belief among some influential male members of the two clubs that the job was too difficult for a woman.
''I have a serious concern that there was a concerted effort not to have a woman on the new board,'' she said.
She said she was shocked and disappointed that two how-to-vote letters recommended only men for the new board.
The author of one letter, Queensland Turf Club member and racehorse owner Ron Wanless, said he recommended the men because he knew them and was unaware any women, including QTC director Mary-Lee Trivett, were running.
''If I'd known she was running I would have voted for her because I know her and I think she'd do a good job,'' he said. ``I have plenty of women working for me and I don't have any problem with women on boards.''
Retired Queen's Counsel Bill Carter, who wrote the other letter, said he recommended the men because he thought they would be the best for the job. He denied his choice had anything to do with gender.
''In fact, I voted for Mary-Lee Trivett,'' he said.
In his letter, he expressed his ``overriding concern that the BRC move forward positively, productively and with unity, so that QR [Queensland Racing] and its directors will understand that the members of this club are sick and tired of disunity and division and of QR decision-making which is seen to be influenced, rightly or wrongly, by personal rivalries or long-standing friendships''.
Ms King said Mr Carter had supported her in her attempt to win her BTC directorship and thought he was supporting her for the BRC. ''I was extremely shocked when I saw [Bill Carter's] letter and that he wasn't recommending me,'' Ms King said.
''Some members have told me that they were told not to vote for me and not because I hadn't done a good job [as BTC director],'' she said.
But Mr Carter said he had not given Ms King any assurances of his support for her tilt at the BRC board.
''If she's misinterpreted what I said, that's her problem.''
BTC chairman Wayne Milner said he was disappointed there were no women on the new board.
''I think Brisbane racing has missed a great opportunity,'' he said. ''But I don't think there was a concerted effort to keep women off the board.''
Ms Trivett said: ''Many QTC men said they were sorry I wasn't elected but I don't believe it was a gender issue.''
Dale Olsson, a member of both clubs and owner of Brisbane millinery The Hat Box, said she was ''outraged'' by the how-to-vote letters.
''QTC has always been an old boys' club and I believe there was a lot of skulduggery involved in the vote,'' she said. ''Kerrina worked long and tirelessly and there was definitely connivance to keep her from being elected.''