What the hell was Pins Parnell thinking making this video?
The Racing Queensland CEO has made an idiot of himself, and a mockery of us all, and it’s not just because of the corny American sit-com style backing music to his video, or the canned applause at the end.
That’s a shocker of and in itself.
Sadly for racing, Pins oration in front of the fake screen background is worse.
In order to provide enhance opportunities for Queenslanders, earlier today we announced a limited season of Black Type racing.
What Pins and Racing Queensland are actually doing is allowing the interstate stables to bring their horses up here to snatch a bit of black type and a couple of Group 1’s.
Some interstate stables anyway.
The ones like Chris Waller and Kris Lees, that have satellite operations running out of the Gold Coast.
Who else is going to come?
Perhaps Snowden, maybe Maher, but it’s only a maybe.
Would you send your top-liner up to someone else’s stable, to be groomed, trained and ridden by a stranger? I doubt it. This whole thing is a jack up.
During this time the existing restrictions limiting trainers, jockeys and other personnel who are licensed to their designated zones remain in place.
So you can’t bring a horse up from the Gold Coast, Toowoomba or Ipswich to run in the Straddie?
Oh dear, the Chris and Kris’s are stuffed.
No they are not.
We will allow conditional movement of horses between zones, for the purposes of racing.
The trainers, jocks and strappers can’t travel, but the horses can.
They just have to go to a caretaker trainer by midday the day before they race, and be ridden by a jockey in their new zone.
Won’t be too hard for the big guns will it?
We have slashed prizemoney by more than three-quarters.
Betting turnover across all of the corporates has skyrocketed since the coronavirus restrictions kicked in, and until the bookies are inevitably driven out of business by pollies trying to reap more than they’ve sown, they are paying 15% Point of Consumption Tax on their inevitable profits.
So how come mug owners like my trouble and strife Maggie have to cop cutbacks to a quarter of the prizemoney on the chin? Is Racing Queensland planning to offer a 75% subsidy on training fees, and the cost of feed?
Pigs might fly.
We look forward to unearthing the next star of racing … perhaps the future Autumn Sun will emerge.
The horse’s name was The Autumn Sun, son.
We didn’t call the the Stradbroke winner Show A Heart A Heart,did we? Or Santa Ana Lane A Lane?
Get it right Pins, you’re talking so-called champions here.
So you say anyway.
Fundamentalist ran 2nd to The Autumn Sun in the Randwick Guineas. Before that it had only ever won a maiden at Mornington, and a piss weak 1050m sprint at Morphettville in which it beat Music Bay, who ran 2nd last to Mystery Love in a BM90 at Caulfield last Saturday. It has never won another race since.
Vassilator was runner up behind The Autumn Sun in the Caulfield Guineas. It hasn’t won in ten starts since either, and ran last in the Sale Cup.
The Autumn Sun just snuck home ahead of Arrogant in the Rosehill Guineas. That Kiwi plodder had only ever won a maiden at Matamata previously, and in it’s one run after the Guineas got gapped in the Derby behind mules like Angel of Truth and Madison County.
These are tough times and we must make a collective sacrifice.
How much of a pay cut has Pins taken?
I can’t remember.
Maybe because he hasn’t told us, or perhaps because he hasn’t.
And this from a man who trousered a $60 000 pay increase last year, and earns $1200 a week more than the Premier.