The Courier-Mail

Bookies remain sceptical

- NATHAN EXELBY

THE racing informatio­n fee deadline of September 30 is looming, and interim Racing Queensland chief executive Ian Hall has met with wagering providers over the past few months.

The previous schedule of fees expired in June, but with the upheaval at RQ, an extension was granted.

Race informatio­n fees (RIF) are the biggest growth area in revenue as corporate book- THREE TO SACK Contribute­r, Moonee Valley, Race 7 Where to now? Market was prepared to gamble against him and so it transpired. Can’t win a Cox Plate on this disappoint­ing effort. Anna Lizzie, Doomben, Race 4 Has never lived up to what she looked like doing as a threeyear-old/early four-year-old. Ran an encouragin­g race fresh, but disappoint­ing since. Fixation, Doomben, Race 5 Has been a tease. Keeps finding admirers but equally adept at finding ways to get beaten. THIS WEEK

Kembla Grange, Pakenham

Doomben, Warwick Farm, Seymour, Morphettvi­lle, Belmont makers continue to plunder a larger slice of market share.

A number of wagering operators have spoken favourably of their dealings with Hall and believe they have been well heard, but are sceptical of a reference to RIFs in the Racing Reforms discussion paper.

They are wary of a seemingly loaded question: “Noting that racing informatio­n fees are a source of revenue for Racing Queensland, should the racing fees be held at their current levels? If so, for how long?”

Rockhampto­n, Ballina, Hawkesbury, Mornington, Northam

Beaudesert, Cairns, Muswellbro­ok, Canberra, Geelong

Doomben, Rosehill, Flemington, Morphettvi­lle, Belmont, Gold Coast, Cairns, Kembla Grange, Armidale, Kilmore, Carnarvon, Adelaide River

Deagon, Sunshine Coast, Dubbo, Gundagai, Casterton, Cranbourne, Mindarie-Halidon, Kalgoorlie, Devonport MARKETS Epsom, run October 3 Kermadec First Seal, Pornichet Royal Descent Boban, Contribute­r Lucia Valentina, Winx Hooked, Sweynesse

Queensland is the most expensive jurisdicti­on in Australia for wagering operators.

The discussion paper has been widely condemned for having errors, loaded questions and a lack of detail.

Respected Victoria-based administra­tor Paul Bittar was particular­ly scathing in comments made on Twitter last week.

He tweeted the document “ranks as one of the most disappoint­ing and poorly constructe­d set of questions I’ve seen”, and said that the ques- Lucky Hussler Noble Protector, Rudy Hartnell Others Cox Plate, run October 24 Highland Reel, Pornichet Kermadec Arod, Fawkner Criterion, Hartnell Winx Alpine Eagle, Cougar Mountain, First Seal, Hauraki, Lucia Valentina, Noble Protector, Royal Descent, The Cleaner, Volkstok‘n’barrell

Others

THE QUOTE Brian Smith when it was suggested to him James Orman did a great job to guide Lock’s Legend home.

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TOP GUNS: Godolphin’s Exosphere (right) beats Chris Waller’s Press Statement (second right) in the Run to the Roses. Picture: Simon Bullard

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