Rally pressures for a new Queensland Racing board
MORE than 500 attended Wednesday's Rally for Queensland Racing at Doomben Racecourse passing three resolutions unanimously as well as a vote of no confidence in interim CEO Ian Hall.
The resolutions included one rejecting the government's proposed Racing Queensland Board membership comprising a majority of non-industry knowledgeable people.
However, another called on the government to appoint a new RQ Racing Board within one month and that no changes be implemented until the new board was formed and had time to devise a strategy.
The rally demonstrated the unity of all three codes of the racing industry in their opposition of the government's treatment of the racing industry and the recently released Sustainability Plan.
The new Racing Minister Grace Grace did not attend the rally but indicated that she would be willing to meet with a delegation from the rally.
THE new Racing Minister got off on the right foot, despite having one injured foot, by attending last Saturday's Doomben Race meeting in contrast to her predecessor who apparently had difficulty finding Doomben.
Ms Grace had discussions with racing participants including leading Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote.
Hopefully this may be the start of better treatment of the state's racing industry which employs around 30,000 and is the state's third largest industry.
BAD luck for the Bundaberg Race Club last Saturday when its pre-Christmas race meeting was washed out after only three of the five races had been held.
Persistent rain from the middle of the day led to the track being saturated about the 300m mark with an inspection by stewards after the third race leading to the abandonment of the rest of the meeting. The BRC had put a lot of effort into preparing the public areas for a host of Christmas parties with a big crowd turning up despite the dismal weather.
Ironically the corresponding meeting last year was also a washout.
Gardiner wins double
ALTHOUGH only three races were run, there was still time for leading Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner to saddle up a winning double.
Hussonet mare, Lets Skedaddle (2.10 fav, Kelly Gates) easily won the 1090m Maiden beating Nanango trained pair, Mollara (H. English) and Miss Alexander (J. Hodge).
Stablemate Jeb's Boy ($2.35 fav, H. English) then got up by the narrowest of margins to win the 1090m BM 70 from Bjorn (I. Coombes) and Tropical Heatwave (J. Missen).
Renovations to Gympie
THE racing surface at the Gympie Racecourse is undergoing a renovation process starting today and continuing over the weekend. The track is being graded and some more sand placed on it to make for an even depth of sand over all parts of the track. Some unevenness in the sand cover has been causing problems recently and hopefully the planned work will remedy this situation. As Gympie does not race again until March next year, the track should have plenty of time to return to top condition.
Tomorrow's race meets
THE Chinchilla Cup will run tomorrow as the highlight of a seven race card. The Cup, an Open event of $15,000 run over 1400m has drawn a field of eight with Bel Esprit mare Gaelstorm heading the weights with 60.5 kg. Gaelstorm won the Nanango, Jandowae and Goondiwindi Cups earlier this year prior to a break.
Esk also races tomorrow with a five-event card while Gympie jockey Kelly Gates will be riding at Gladstone.