The Courier-Mail

As deadline looms on betting fees

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tion relating to race fees, and a comparison made to Victoria, “beggars belief”.

Victoria changed its model last year and it now encapsulat­es bookmaker revenue, while keeping the turnover base.

As a result, returns to the industry have been significan­tly higher.

It will be interestin­g to see how the new RQ regime deals with Betfair, as the previous board constructe­d a set of fees that effectivel­y ruled out the exchange from operating on Queensland race meetings.

SPEAKING of Betfair, Chautauqua got out to $8 in the run before blowing his rivals to pieces at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Betfair punters sent him out at $2.72 when the gates opened, but layers were happy to offer more generous odds when he drifted so far back.

Those that took the $8 would have been on good terms as the grey produced a burst of accelerati­on that probably can’t be matched by any other horse in the country.

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