Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

NSW Scandal Exposing Truths; Harness Racing Industryengulfed in Sad Situation

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

NSW Scandal Exposing Truths; Harness Racing Industryengulfed in Sad Situation

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THE black cloud which is hanging over the light harness sport in NSW shows no sign of going away and may be growing.

After the initial scandal surfaced, and names were named thanks to the efforts of HRNSW's CEO Sam Nati, many participants took the view that that the lid would soon be put on the matter.

This appears to have been the practice for many years in a number of harness jurisdictions.

If something serious came out of the rumour and innuendo mill, it would be ignored and participants in general would be told no problem existed.

Those who should have been anxious to exercise their control over integrity issues in a positive fashion have seemed anxious to demonstrate that C[pounds sterling]decency'' is truly C[pounds sterling]indecency's conspiracy of silence''.

Sydney Morning Herald journalist Chris Roots, who has been to the fore in reporting the current bag of horrors, wrote on November 27: C[pounds sterling]For a sport that has long had to live with tags such as Cycrims on rims' and Cythe red hots', this scandal has only reinforced those unwanted terms to another generation.

C[pounds sterling]The alleged corruption had been built over decades, and got to such a level that it was expected by those in the sport.''

Sad isn't it but no sadder than the efforts of the administrative fantasists, who decided over 30 years ago to re-christen C[pounds sterling]trotting'' as C[pounds sterling]harness racing'' and refer to what was a wonderful and well accepted sport as an C[pounds sterling]industryC[yen].

Today's problems are in part related to that particular half-baked action.

That and what appears to be the belief of harness racing administrators that our under-valued customers, owners, punters and on-course patrons are imbeciles who would not recognise a rort if it bit them.

They are not imbeciles.

They voted with their feet a long time ago.

Currently, they are waiting for the new high profile integrity panel of HRNSW and the NSW Police to give them the justice and the clean sport they have been long denied.

Marburg calling

DESTINATION Marburg should be a top priority today.

Trials start at 11. …

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