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Magical 20,000 tipped to cheer in Stradbroke

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STEVEN BOWDITCH

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Baldwin, an industry veteran who has held a trainer’s licence since 1964 and saddled up Stradbroke winner La Montagna in 2006, won’t hear of the Stradbroke being adversely impacted.

“If you play rugby union, and the people in rugby league do something wrong, they don’t blame rugby union do they?’’ Baldwin said.

“It’s the same in racing. Horseracin­g and greyhounds are totally different sports and different codes.

“I’ve been training since 1964 and I have never seen horseracin­g in Queensland in better shape. People are investing money in horses, there has been a big jump in prizemoney and the industry is very happy and healthy.’’

BRC boss Dave Whimpey is expecting a Stradbroke crowd of 20,000 and says patronage has been up over the revamped Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Corporate sections of Doomben are almost sold out for the Stradbroke and a new carpark party in the infield – where patrons can BYO drinks and watch races from their cars – has been a smash hit.

“I would be disappoint­ed if we didn’t hit the magical 20,000 (crowd) figure for Stradbroke,’’ Whimpey said.

“If we get that number, we will have had about the same numbers for the four days of the Carnival this year that we had for the five days of the Carnival last year.’’

Meanwhile, embattled Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board chairman Kevin Dixon says RQ supports MacSporran’s recommenda­tions to separate the integrity and commercial arms of the organisati­on.

Dixon said the recommenda­tion was consistent with RQ’s submission to the Commission of Inquiry.

“Now the report has been handed down, we look forward to working closely with the State Government to implement its actions,” Mr Dixon said.

 ??  ?? BOOMING: Barry Baldwin says horseracin­g is healthy.
BOOMING: Barry Baldwin says horseracin­g is healthy.

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