IT’S NOT STRADBROKEN
HORSE TRAINERS HOPE DOGS DRAMA WON’T DERAIL GLAMOUR RACE
RACEHORSE trainers have pleaded not to let Queensland’s marquee week of horseracing glamour go to the dogs.
There are fears the state’s richest thoroughbred race, Saturday’s $2 million Stradbroke Handicap, could become a sideshow to the ugly greyhound scandal. High-powered Racing Queensland bosses, who oversee horse racing, harness racing and greyhound racing, could be axed as soon as today in a massive shake-up in the wake of the MacSporran Inquiry findings. The drama has struck at the worst time for the horseracing industry with the Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on Saturday and Breakfast With The Stars this morning.
It should be Queensland horseracing’s time to shine with the Brisbane Racing Club copying elements of the Melbourne Spring Carnival to bring extra glitz to the state’s biggest raceday.
Horseracing participants, including Queensland Train- ers Association president Barry Baldwin, insist the greyhound scandal and looming RQ shake-up should not take the gloss off the Stradbroke.