Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Are Changes Too Cumbersome? Prizemoney Is the Only Real Lubricant

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Are Changes Too Cumbersome? Prizemoney Is the Only Real Lubricant

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Denis Smith


No surprises on the leader board again this week with McMullen family members, Narissa and John taking driving and training honours at four apiece. Not a shabby week either with 19 winners from local stables.

Albion Park, December 27: Shortys Chance (Narissa for John McMullen).

Albion Park, December 28: Highview Ember (Chantal Turpin), Sneaky Catch (Trent Dawson), Major Sam (Darrel Graham), Tinted Pearl (Narissa for Greg Elkins).

Albion Park, December 30: Teasing (Dale Chalk for Shaun Gillespie), Melton Macmax (Dani-elle McMullen for John McMullen), Mafuta Vautin (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham), Jayronray (Amy Rees for Mark Rees), Bert Sivad (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law), An American Rose (Narissa for John).

Albion Park, December 31: Sign To Inverell (Darrel Graham), Exceptional Mach (Chantal Turpin), Supabet (Pete for Chantal Turpin).

Redcliffe, January 1: Falcon Vista (Justin Storie for Chris McGuire), In The Frame Lombo (Narissa for John McMullen), Gallymont Cohort (Trent Dawson).

Redcliffe, January 02: Teenteeitsdynamite (Amy Rees for Mark Rees), Judah Ben Hur (Ken Belford).

TIME rolls on, and we commence a new year.

Each time we do this, we should look back and examine some of the changes which have taken place in the last 12 months.

Firstly a change of government, which has bought about a restoration of individual control bodies for each of the animal racing codes.

This in itself, might appear to be an eminently desirable thing, but the government, in it's desire to remove direct responsibility for the management of racing in Queensland from the office of the Racing Ministry, has, to a degree, duplicated some features of the Labour Government' corporate monster, Racing Queensland Ltd.

QACRIB, which is the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board, sits firmly above the three code specific boards and, to a great degree, exercises power of veto on major policy decisions through control of the purse strings.

Somehow, it all seems a bit cumbersome to this writer, and perhaps it were better if the minister provided integrity services to each code, each code to reduce labour and raise productivity accordingly, with QACRIB and its costs put aside. …

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