Bookies remain sceptical
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.
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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?”
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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
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