RACING Industry bleeds as MPs bicker
RACING Minister Grace Grace raised eyebrows with her glowing self- acclamation in State Parliament last week.
“I reckon I am probably one of the best Racing Ministers they ( the racing industry) have ever seen in recent times,” Grace told the parliament.
“Let me tell you, we are delivering in spades, delivering in spades.”
Exactly what is being delivered is somewhat of a mystery.
The comments came in response to accusations the Government failed the industry on the Eagle Farm debacle.
Neither side of politics can hold their head high on this score.
The former LNP government procrastinated over the signing of documents, which delayed the project in the initial stages and then the new Labor racing minister Bill Byrne refused to speak to Racing Queensland, setting the timeline back even further.
It is sad the industry is at the liberty of politicians whose main aim is to score political points, rather than see that nothing short of an urgent investment is needed to protect the future of the local industry.
While Grace and her cohorts play politics inside Parliament House, the real people of Queensland racing are bleeding to death over the continued financial neglect of an industry that delivers millions of dollars directly and indirectly to the local economy.
Barbs thrown under the safety blanket of parliamentary privilege mean nothing to racing people. Whichever side of politics is prepared to stand up and make a genuine investment in the industry will be the ones who carry the day in the eyes of stakeholders.
But at this point, there’s nothing but hot air coming from all sides.
Stand by for a fresh new round of cobalt positive tests emanating out of country Queensland.
Up to seven horses have returned positive A samples and the trainers involved are now waiting on confirmation of the B samples before considering their options.
A change in feed suppliers being blamed.
“We are racing for $ 4000 and we hardly have a bet. Why in the world would we want to use cobalt?” one of the trainers said.
It was a dud week for Racing Queensland, with a bungle in Townsville leaving the control body red- faced. A statement was issued last week explaining why remedial work had started on the track before the tender process had been completed.
The false start, which included the sourcing of sand and chemicals, was put down to a “miscommunication by a Racing Queensland staff member”.
“When that was discovered work was stopped and the tender re- scoped,” RQ Chief Executive Eliot Forbes said. is