Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Meeting Format Falling Short

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Meeting Format Falling Short

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WHERE have all the horses gone?

When Racing Queensland axed the Monday meeting at Albion Park and set a maximum of eight races at all other TAB meetings, a large number of owners and trainers were alarmed at the loss of racing opportunity and the potential for a drop in turnover.

At the end of this month, we will have completed three months of the new structure.

One of the reasons for adopting this format was to ensure the races would attract full fields.

Something has gone terribly wrong. We are now in the position of extending nominations for almost every meeting, and we still end up with seven races and several short fields.

This week alone we have lost $18,000 by failing to fill programs at Albion Park, Redcliffe and Gold Coast twice, while four betting opportunities have been lost to such punters as we have left.

There is a belief growing that some stables are just too strong to beat so why try.

Owners and trainers must realise that second, third and fourth-place prizemoney is there to keep them in the game until the roll of the dice goes their way.

Leaving horses at home that can be racing for good money is a defeatist policy that will eventually put us out of business.

We have C[pounds sterling]freeC[yen] racing and drivers are paid from the prize. Owners and trainers just have to get the horse there.

First money may be very hard to get but to stay at home is a certain result of zero dollars.

IT'S not only fast horses that come out of Ipswich. This week saw the passing of Charlie Truloff at the ripe old age of 92 years.

Charlie was a very likeable bloke who loved his light harness racing and was a great supporter of George and Jan Crone's stable at Glamorganvale.

A lot has been written about the longevity of the pacer as a racing animal but they pale when compared to Charlie.

His last public appearance was in a sprint at a Marburg fun day 18 years ago when he handed out a flogging to his younger rivals.

A great guy who could run like hell and made it look easy.

WE have a few on the sick list this week with Ernie and Glenda Anforth of Rocket Harness fame both in Ipswich General hospital recovering from serious illnesses. …

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