QLD Harness Trainer In Cobalt Escape

Queensland’s racing minister has ordered an audit of sample handling procedures after the quashing of the disqualifications of three harness racing trainers outed for administering cobalt to their horses. Racing minister Bill Byrne has demanded the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing and Racing Queensland to engage accounting firm Deloitte to “conduct a comprehensive…

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Racing Australia Forum

Racing Australia Chairman John Messara and CEO Peter McGauran will be holding an open session on the proposed scheme to guarantee payment of trainers fees via the Payment Mandate Authority. The session is to be held in the Committee Room at Belmont Park Racecourse at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 12 August.All stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

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2015 Cox Plate Entries

Last year’s runner-up Fawkner will join illustrious company if he can go one better in the 2015 Cox Plate. Only seven horses have won the Cox Plate the following year after being placed, the last to do so was El Segundo in 2007, and Fawkner is one of 173 entries for the country’s premier weight-for-age…

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Meet The Apprentices: Shelby Bowtell

Shelby Bowtell commenced as a trainee in 2012 before being granted a permit to ride when under the care of leading trainer, Neville Parnham, a year later. The 21-year-old, now indentured to her father John, has ridden 90 winners including 75 at country, nine at metropolitan and six at provincial level. Bowtell, who will one…

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Cobalt Case Adjourned

Racing NSW stewards have rejected two requests for an adjournment in the first session of the Sam Kavanagh cobalt and caffeine case on Monday. The legal representatives of vet Dr Tom Brennan and Flemington Equine Clinic practice manager Aaron Corby made plays for an adjournment during the first sitting of the inquiry. Barrister Chris Winneke,…

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Sports Betting More Attractive Than Racing

Corporate bookmakers are filtering their punters towards sports betting rather than racing due to increasing fees in the bookmaking business, according to well-known bookmaker Rob Waterhouse. Waterhouse’s statement comes on the back of announcements made last week by the New South Wales State government that increased the ceiling of race fields fees that Racing NSW…

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