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Qld Gallops / Brisbane Racing - the Way We Were
« Last post by Arsenal on 2018-Apr-20, 10:27 PM  »

No shortage of bookmakers in Brisbane at the Brisbane Cup meeting on 10 June 1963. Campo won the cup and Mullala won the Stradbroke on the Saturday.

Giddy up :beer:

Qld Gallops / The New Improved Racing Queensland 2015 - ?
« Last post by gunbower on 2018-Apr-20, 09:04 PM  »
What a stunning appointment ? His background is with Sky Channel and Tatts. They would have to be two of the most under achieving organizations one could possibly think of. They cant be serious in Queensland can they be ?
Qld Gallops / The New Improved Racing Queensland 2015 - ?
« Last post by sobig on 2018-Apr-20, 08:58 PM  »
You would have to think he would have been on the probable list for his job at Tatts to disappear with the merger.

Interesting the announcement says he would be relocating to Brisbane to Sydney.

Not sure why he was still in Sydney while in a senior position at Tatts,
Qld Gallops / The New Improved Racing Queensland 2015 - ?
« Last post by Arsenal on 2018-Apr-20, 06:59 PM  »
20 APRIL 2018
The Chair of Racing Queensland, Steve Wilson AM has announced the appointment of experienced media, wagering and sports executive Brendan Parnell to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Wilson said Mr Parnell is well qualified to lead Racing Queensland into a new era of prosperity and growth. “We engaged the best executive recruitment specialists to find candidates for this important role and Brendan Parnell stood out as offering a diverse set of skills and capabilities that we feel will benefit racing across all three codes. We welcome him to the role.”

“Officially the new CEO will start on May 14 and we will be liaising with him between now and his official start date.”

Mr Parnell has substantial experience in racing and wagering and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer, Wagering, of Tatts Group, which operated UBET prior to Tatts Group’s merger with Tabcorp in December 2017. He also held senior roles at Tabcorp and Sky Channel and has undertaken a Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.

Mr Parnell said he was honoured to be selected to head-up racing in Queensland. “Racing in Queensland is a massive sport and business which impacts almost every town and community across the sunshine state.

“How we connect and enhance racing is critical for its more than 41,000 participants. I'm excited by that challenge and the many opportunities in coming years."

Mr Wilson said the new CEO will have a number of focus-points for his first three months in the role including the Queensland Winter and Summer Racing Carnivals, growing revenue and increasing returns to participants after the previously announced $15 million annual boost to prize money.

“The incoming CEO will also be acutely aware of the importance of Racing Queensland’s delivery of our infrastructure projects across the state including the return to racing of our premier thoroughbred venue Eagle Farm.

“I am pleased that the grow-in is showing some positive signs after the final sections of the track were completed last week. I look forward to progress reports as we count-down to its return to our racing schedule.”

Mr Wilson also nominated infrastructure projects in country and regional areas, the Ipswich Turf Club and the Gold Coast Turf Club as being key priorities. The search is also continuing for land for possible new or replacement sites for greyhound and harness racing to the south and west of Brisbane.

Mr Parnell will relocate from Sydney to Brisbane for the new role. Mr Wilson thanked Racing Queensland’s GM of Racing Simon Stout for acting in the CEO role until Mr Parnell arrives.

For further information: Darrin Davies, RQ Corporate Affairs Manager on 0438 733 738 or email ENDS

He's had a few jobs in a short time you would think he wouldn't be up for the job unless his package is a lot better than he was getting from Tatts......the last time I looked the UBET guy in QLD was on a high six figure earn and Parnell was a few steps ahead of him and he'll be on a lot more than Darren Condon......has a big task ahead if he is able to help put RQ out of the doldrums he'll earn whatever it is they offered.

Giddy Up :beer: 

Qld Gallops / Trainer's Success Brings Out the Spear Throwers.
« Last post by Arsenal on 2018-Apr-20, 06:50 PM  »
Media release
QRIC Stewards suspend Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie
20 April 2018
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have today suspended Toowoomba
trainer Mark Currie.
The resumed inquiry into breaches of the rules of racing concerning race day treatment of race
horses at trainer Ben Currie’s Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables took further evidence from his father
Mark Currie.

Mark Currie has now been charged with; 12 counts of Race Day Treatment under Australian Rule
of Racing 178 (E) and four counts of Improper Practice under Rule 175 (a). Mr Currie has entered a
plea of not guilty to the charges and the matters have been adjourned for hearing to a date to be
fixed. Mr Currie has had his licence suspended until the matters are determined under AR8 (Z).

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the QRIC will allege that race day treatment of race horses
occurred at the property on two separate occasions on the morning of Saturday 7 April 2018.
“The first treatment allegedly occurred pre-dawn that morning and the second was the suspicious
activity the QRIC Integrity Investigations Team (IIT) members witnessed while monitoring the

“It was also alleged that race day treatment occurred at the same stables before Ben Currie trained
horses were transported to race at Doomben and Gatton on Saturday 24 March 2018.

Commissioner Barnett said two ‘Currie Racing’ stablehands have been suspended as a result of this
investigation and the QRIC has now identified some of the individuals involved in the alleged race
day treatments but enquiries into the possible involvement of other people was continuing.

“Today’s outcome is not the end of the investigation, the focus of these continuing and protracted
enquiries is the involvement of other racing industry participants and the outcome may not be known
for several weeks,” he said.

“I expect further disciplinary action may be taken as QRIC continues to analyse items seized from
the stables including CCTV, saliva, urine and blood samples and phone records.

“The rules of racing stipulate that any race day treatment of a racing animal, including administering
legal substances without the permission of the stewards is prohibited.”

The Commission will continue to keep the Queensland racing industry informed. ENDS

Obviously more to come not looking good for someone possibly multiple persons of interest  based on the foregoing.

Giddy Up :beer:
Jockey / Jeff Lloyd
« Last post by Arsenal on 2018-Apr-20, 06:44 PM  »
Jeff Lloyd announces retirement
Posted by: AAP+ at 12:54pm on 20/4/2018
Posted in: Horse Racing News
The Brisbane winter carnival will be Jeff Lloyds last
Champion jockey Jeff Lloyd has confirmed the 2018 Brisbane winter carnival will be his last.

Lloyd was a special guest at the carnival launch in Brisbane on Friday morning and confirmed his plans to retire later this year.

He won last season’s Brisbane metropolitan and Queensland jockey titles and is set to do the same again this season.

“This will be my last carnival as it is time to spend more time with my family,” Lloyd said.

“My older boy is at a jockey academy in South Africa and my younger son is also keen to be a jockey.”

“I want to devote time to helping them. They say go out when you are top and hopefully I can do that.”

Lloyd has ridden 94 Group One winners around the world but will chase the one that got away when he visits his son after the Brisbane carnival.

Lloyd plans to ride in the Durban July at Greyville, the premier race in South Africa where he began his career and won multiple premierships after his family migrated from England.

“I think I have run third in it 11 times but never won or even run second,” he said.

Lloyd, 56, suffered a stroke in 2013 and made a remarkable recovery to return to riding.

He has claimed Group One wins in Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.ENDS

Jeff is a marvel riding as well as ever and going out while he's at the top of his game Good Luck & Keep Well   :king:

Giddy Up :beer:
« Last post by specialweek2 on 2018-Apr-20, 05:56 PM  »
On a very competitive day RH wins and SW takes the week.

RH                   273
JWH                 211
BMac               196
SW                   179
Westie              163
Media               133

860 out

SW                    893
Westie               889
RH                     882
BMac                 870
Media                777
JWH                   715
PP                       247
Jockey / Redkirk Warrior - R Bayliss off, L Dettori on
« Last post by wily ole dog on 2018-Apr-20, 12:42 PM  »
Well, given we don’t know what the field is we can’t assume he’s not good enough or allow our hatred of Australian racing to overtake any logical thinking
Sports Talk / 2018 Commonwealth Games @ The Gold Coast
« Last post by wily ole dog on 2018-Apr-20, 12:40 PM  »
Unfortunately all of these boards of directors for sports in this country are hopeless.
Had first hand experience with Squash Australia of late. What a fcking circus that lot are.
Is there any sort of place on the net where you can go to find out what sort of coin these buffoons are on ?

I have no doubt that Beatties salary would be shameful in regards to waste
« Last post by JWesleyHarding on 2018-Apr-20, 12:16 PM  »