The Courier-Mail

IT’S NOT STRADBROKE­N

HORSE TRAINERS HOPE DOGS DRAMA WON’T DERAIL GLAMOUR RACE

- BEN DORRIES

RACEHORSE trainers have pleaded not to let Queensland’s marquee week of horseracin­g glamour go to the dogs.

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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.

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