The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

NOGREEN INTHETILL

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RAC­ING codes in Queens­land of­fi­cially are strug­gling to sur­vive as po­lice raids con­tinue on dog train­ers and Vic­to­ria de­clares war on horses backed to lose. Prewinter car­ni­val mail bub­bled about five-fig­ure pay­outs from Asian bet­ting agen­cies over well­fan­cied gal­lop­ers beaten in NSW. As­sump­tion was Queens­land and Vic­to­ria were next. Losses in Queens­land were branded “un­sus­tain­able’’ in Rac­ing Min­is­ter Bill Byrne’s “green’’ pa­per last week. The pa­per raised doubts about the “on­go­ing vi­a­bil­ity’’ of Rac­ing Queens­land, stakes lev­els, in­fra­struc­ture projects, breed­ing and train­ing track sub­si­dies, starters’ re­bates and how many of the state’s 300 an­nual non-TAB fix­tures would sur­vive.

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