Racing in Queensland – The week that was…

RACING Queensland’s Tracking to Sustainability Plan is expected to be released any day now but it’s not the only key issue that needs addressing.

A progress report on Queensland’s outstanding cobalt cases has not been forthcoming in recent months and it’s led to the rumour mill running wild.

Rumours have been rife that swabs involved with some of the cases have been lost but an RQ official put an end to that, describing those rumours as “absolutely ridiculous”.

Nonetheless, the silence on the issue is not a good look for an industry already on the back foot and it’s time RQ tell the industry and those involved what is going on with these cases.

 

EAGLE Farm is well on track to commence racing on May 11.

Brisbane Racing Club vice-chairman Richard Morrison said any further delays to the upgrade were extremely unlikely.

“At this stage everything is right on schedule if not slightly ahead,” he said.

“We have had a few rain interruptions so far but that was in the contingency (plan) and baring a biblical weather event we will open as scheduled.”

 

WHO is Queensland’s best racing tipster? Plans are afoot to run a tipping competition next year to find out. Watch this space.

 

IT will be fascinating to hear what Peter Moody has to say when he is a guest speaker at a Gold Coast Turf Club function this Thursday night.

Moody’s cobalt case, which is set to be heard next month, is likely to be high on the agenda.

 

YOU ain’t seen nothing yet.

That’s the warning from Tony Gollan about Queensland’s leading Magic Millions hope, Zelady’s Night Out, who scored by 4 ½ lengths on debut at Doomben on November 14.

“She is back in work after a week off and she is definitely better than what she was when she won,” he said.

Zelady’s Night Out runs next in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) at Doomben on December 12.

 

GOLDEN Falls will have further tests on Thursday to determine the extent of an injury suffered in a race at Doomben on November 21.

 

STUART Kendrick has confirmed this year’s Prime Minister’s Cup winner Neo will be retired after pulling up sore in the George Moore Stakes.

 

GOLD Coast jockey Chris Whiteley is hoping to be back riding early next year following knee surgery.

Whiteley was originally told he may never ride again but his recent surgery was a success.

“Physio is going good and I don’t go back to the surgeon until the middle of January but I’m hoping to be back by the end of January or early February,” he said.

 

DECEMBER 17 is the date when Darryl Hansen’s appeal against a nine-month disqualification for an elevated TCO2 reading will be heard by the Racing Disciplinary Board.

 

STEWARDS have adjourned an inquiry into apprentice Travis Wolfgram’s ride aboard rank outsider Tail And All in the benchmark 75 (1615m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Stewards queried Wolfgram as to why he left a trailing position near the 800m and rode forward from that point. Tail And All’s stablemate Sea Red came from last to win the race.

 

THE inaugural Tim Bell Celebration Golf Day was held at Parkwood International on the Coast yesterday with 68 starters, comprising mostly of jockeys, taking part.

 

I WISH more front runners were ridden like Didntcostalot in the George Moore Stakes. Sure, not all leaders are suited by rolling along at a genuine tempo from start to finish but so many are disadvantaged when a jockey slams on the brakes shortly after finding the lead. Tegan Harrison’s ride on Didntcostalot was simply superb and the Gold Coast jockey is a big reason the gelding has turned his form around since venturing north.

 

LUKE Tarrant can’t take a trick. Tarrant finished second in both stakes races at Doomben on Saturday and a feature win would give him a major boost right now. The talented jockey is having a tough time after a breakout year last season but the tide will turn.

 

THE Gold Coast track played fairly even with the rail in the true position on Saturday. There is still improvement to come but it is heading in the right direction for Magic Millions day.

 

Article courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin

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