“Hit again Benny!” says Pins Parnell
The word out of George Street is that with the State election fast looming, and influential broadcaster Ray Hadley on the attack, Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is under increasing pressure from his cabinet colleagues to stand down Brendan Parnell as his dealings over the BRC – Sky Racing deal are fully investigated by the CCC.
The word out of the Deagon bunker is that Parnell is working overtime on the Racing Queensland accounts to deliver a super financial year result, in a desperate attempt to save his job and his own skin.
The question on the street is does Parnell really believe that the Government and the public are silly enough to fall for that trick, given that RQ saved millions of dollars by deleting big money races like the Doomben Ten Thousand from the racing calendar, and slashing prizemoney across the board?
Why hasn’t Parnell shown industry leadership by voluntarily taking a pay cut during the COVID-19 cutbacks, instead of accepting a near ten percent pay increase?
The Judas Iscariot of Queensland racing, David Fowler, had reportedly flagged a month ago that he intended to stand down as Albion Park Chairman after successfully back stabbing the universally popular Josh Fleming and stealing his job as the Brisbane race caller. Now that the knife has been turned back on the Bantam, will he have the luxury of leaving on his own terms?
Is Fowler the most despised person in Queensland racing right now?
Or is Parnell?
Where is the Brisbane Racing Club in all the current brouhaha over the attempted execution of Josh Fleming? After all, it was the club’s broadcast deal.
Why is that club proceeding to build a second residential tower at Eagle Farm, when there are still a number of units in the first tower that remain unsold?
How will the club service its near $100 million debt given that in the original ‘Master’ plan the break even point was the construction of six towers and the sale of all of the units in same?
Which senior Racing Queensland executive’s husband was thrown out of the Queens Arms Hotel last week for breaching the COVID-19 protocols by refusing to sign in?
Why was the tyred and emotional gentleman so reluctant to have his presence at the hotel recorded? (spelling mistake intended).
Did the really put on such a performance that management were forced to call the police to remove him from the premises? And did he really leave shouting ‘don’t you know who I am?’ We guess everyone does now.
Why had the joint Federal-State police taskforce investigating the widespread doping of racehorses in a number of States deliberately kept the local racing integrity officials in the dark as to their activities?
Are certain senior people in those integrity offices, particularly in Victoria, themselves targets in the police investigation?
Is it any coincidence that leading Victorian harness racing identities and life partners Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart – winners of the past million or so premierships – are now training under separate licenses, when for a decade Tonkin has pretended to simply be Stewart’s stable foreman?
What are they afraid of?
Where exactly is the $10 million that has disappeared from the Harness Racing NSW bank accounts over the past 2 years?
How were contracts for the $30 million spent by Harness Racing NSW on infrastructure projects over the past 6 years actually tendered and let?
Was there a competitive tender process? Or were the lucrative contracts just gifted to mates?
Is there really a compounding drug lab/factory in South Australia that is producing and distributing much of the synthetic EPO being used by drug cheats in the racing industry across Australia?
Who is the leading Victorian harness racing vet said to be in the eye of the EPO needle?
Why has disgraced Victorian vet Dr Tom Brennan – who was disqualified for 5 years for his involvement in the cobalt affair – been seen regularly getting on and off planes at the Brisbane airport and at certain regional Queensland airports in recent years?
Do the whispers about a certain well known equine chiropractor presently plying his trade in Queensland having a secret side business selling unregulated substances have any foundation?
If so, are the substances that the person has been selling correctly labelled?
Were the bottles seized from the Sears Racing stable in the recent police raids correctly labelled?
Why are horses from the stable of leading Brisbane trainer and outspoken anti-cheating advocate Robert Heathcote seemingly going so poorly since he spoke out against a number of his rivals?
Will former Queensland Chief Steward Steve Railton be offered a position in the local stewarding ranks when he returns home from Hong Kong for family reasons? After all Railton has panels in ability and experience on anyone in the current bunch of stipes, and is fifteen years younger than at least two of presently employed integrity officials.
How good is the young Queensland harness driving superstar Angus Garrard? This 17-year-old schoolkid has been unstoppable since gaining his metropolitan license, and will be at unbackable odds to win next year’s premiership even though he will still be completing Grade 12 during the season. All power to him, he’s a breath of fresh air.
Speaking of Angus Garrard, why is this young man the only driver smart and responsible enough to wear a face mask during races (below left)? Shouldn’t it be compulsory?
What are the jockeys in Victoria’s problem with wearing them? Frankie Dettori wore one throughout the whole Royal Ascot carnival, and it certainly didn’t affect his performance. It doesn’t affect Angus Garrard’s either.
When will a major Queensland Group 1 harness race like the Sunshine Sprint be renamed in honour of Kevin and Kay Seymour? Given the couple’s outstanding contribution to the sport over 50 years surely there are no two people in racing who deserve the honour more.
How bad are Bet Easy and Sportsbet, and how much worse are they going to be when their merger is complete? Both bookmaker’s bet boost options are a joke, and their offers to punters are nothing but an insult. Anyone who doesn’t bet with Neds is mad.
What’s the real story behind the recent change of licensee at the New Farm TAB in inner-city Brisbane?
In this post-coronavirus world, do TAB agencies have any future at all?
Does the Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales have any? With the numbers flocking to the rival Nutrien sale by the day, it appears doubtful.
How is the APG actually managed when its office is in Bendigo, it’s CEO is based on the Sunshine Coast, its Marketing Manager lives at the Goldie, and none of the staff bar one actually live in Victoria?
Oops, no it’s not. As of this week the APG doesn’t have an office anymore, just a post office box in Fernvale, Queensland. Have the sailors abandoned the ship?
How will jockey Adam Hyeronimus be spending the next two years after his disqualification for betting offences is soon handed down?
Congratulations to former South Australian hobby trainer/driver Megan Gee on her first win in Queensland on the 40-1 shot Viewbytherock in the Marburg to Albion Park final at the Creek on Saturday night. What a great effort by the young lady with only her third runner in Queensland. May there be many more.
Wouldn’t every code of racing in this State be flying if all the clubs performed as well as the greyhounds at Albion Park and Capalaba? The respective club chiefs Luke Gatehouse and John Catton and their support crews are the unsung heroes of Queensland racing. A huge pat on the back to them both, and to them all. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you actually love and care about your sport.