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Horse Race Industry News

  • Racing Qld exec sues over live-bait axing

    Sacked Racing Queensland chief integrity officer Wade Birch is suing the organisation, claiming he was unfairly dismissed and that his reputation has been ruined. In a District Court claim filed Monday, Mr Birch’s lawyers say the long-time racing industry official was fired in July 2015 for alleged misconduct with no […]

  • Jeff Kennett has no idea says online bookmaker re racing fees

    Cormac Barry, CEO of online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au, has labelled Jeff Kennett as irrelevant, ill-informed and out of touch with reality following his recent comments on corporate bookmakers. “Jeff Kennett’s primary concern appears to be that corporate bookmakers pay less money to the racing industry than Tabcorp. This in itself shows just […]

  • Coal threat to leading Hunter Valley studs

    The world’s biggest thoroughbred breeders may be forced to abandon their operations in the NSW Hunter Valley if the state government approves an open-cut mine. The Department of Plannings this week rejected the recommendations of the NSW government’s independent planning assessment commission that the Anglo American Drayton South mine should […]

  • Key Queensland racing figures step down

    Racing Queensland has moved to quell unrest following the resignation of two representatives from an industry board. Barry Taylor and Brad Steele have both resigned from the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board which oversees the three racing codes in Queensland. The resignations could not have come at a worse […]

  • RV changes increase illegal risk: bookies

    The Australian Wagering Council says Racing Victoria’s changes to its race fields fees will send more punters to bet with illegal offshore bookmakers. The AWC, which represents Australia’s biggest online bookmakers, released a statement denouncing RV’s new race fields fee framework on Friday. AWC members will pay 30 per cent […]

  • Ian Mackay quits as Championships CEO

    Experienced administrator Ian Mackay has resigned his role as chief executive of The Championships, the two-day centrepiece of the Sydney autumn racing carnival held for the first time this year. Mackay will step down next month to take over at the helm of the Canberra Southern Cross Club. Racing NSW […]

  • Trainer John Nikolic disqualified

    Queensland trainer John Nikolic has been disqualified for 12 months after a horse he brought across the NSW border to race tested positive to an illegal substance. Nikolic is the brother of banned jockey Danny Nikolic and only returned to training last year after a previous infringement. A post-race sample […]

  • Moloney fractures both ankles in race fall

    Apprentice Patrick Moloney will have surgery on a broken left ankle after a fall at Flemington on Saturday. He might also require surgery on his right ankle, which was also fractured, according to Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief executive Des O’Keeffe. Moloney fell from Sweet Starlett when near the tail of […]

  • Qld racecaller Larry Pratt dies aged 78

    A former leading voice of Queensland racing Larry Pratt has died in hospital aged 78. Pratt, the younger brother of former premiership winning trainer Alby Pratt, had been in hospital for the past month after heart surgery. His son Michael Pratt said Larry had been thought to be improving, but […]

  • Eagle Farm back on new-season race roster

    Racing Queensland has been forced to do a back flip and include Eagle Farm in its schedule for the 2014-2015 racing season. RQ and the Brisbane Race Club had hoped to shut Eagle Farm in July from until April 2015. A dates schedule was drawn up without racing at Eagle […]