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Headlines Today is 25/11/2014
The two black type races at Randwick tomorrow are quite simply both a "no-go zone" for punters. And ditto any tipster who tips a horse in either race has no respect for their audience, as in the top race, The Rosebud, five horses resume and three are unbeaten, whilst in the second photographed race, the Missile Stakes, eight horses resume and the other one hasn't started for nine weeks.

Finally after weeks of boredom, punters can look forward to some decent horses racing tomorrow – at least at the Randwick meeting. No doubt all “the boys” in the media will carry on about what “a good day of racing,” or “a good competitive card of racing” it is at Eagle Farm and Flemington and all this allied nonsense they all go on with to talk up the meeting to engender some enthusiasm in the poor old much maligned “mug punter,” but in reality Eagle Farm and Flemington are both hard meetings given their main races are primarily full of non-achievers.

At Eagle Farm, the Open company races would have one question where are all the good young horses coming through the system from the 17,000 or 18,000 we breed in the country each year, as Grey Assignment heads up the weights on the Open company middle distance race, Race 2, yet he’s been incapable of winning a race in the last 51 weeks and in fact he’s only run one placing in that 51-week period. Yet the handicapper reckons he’s a 2.5kgs better horse than the second topweight.

In the Eagle Farm 1600-metre Open company race, the Ascot Handicap, Belltone heads the weights by 1.5kgs even though his form reads 7-4-0-0-0-7-7, meaning he hasn’t run a place in his last seven starts, so in Grey Assignment’s (10) and Belltone (7) last 17 starts cumulatively, they’ve run two placings. Terrific stuff.

Down in Melbourne the Aurie’s Star is the feature race and the topweight by a healthy margin of 1.5kgs is the Sydney trained enigma Tiger Tees. He’s won two races, each by only a wart, in the last 23 months, yet the handicapper reckons he oozes class compared to some of the others that are in the race. You know the race doesn’t have much “class” when the third favourite, Mr Chard, hasn’t won a race anywhere for 45 (in words so there’s no confusion that’s forty five) months and Creamery Lane, eligible for a Class 1 at the upcoming Dingo meeting, gets drawn straight into the field.

So when some of these people talk this garbage on racing radio and racing television stations, on most Saturday mornings, all they are doing is just showing how ignorant they truly are. In fact I think they just like to hear the sound of their own voices.

But all is not lost, as some good horses resume tomorrow at Randwick in the Missile Stakes - so it will be the centre of attention around the country and it has realistically brought together a good field. The problem from a punting perspective though is that punters have to give the race a very wide berth as the race has nine runners of which eight resume. Then the other one, Rebel Dane, hasn’t started for nine weeks. Which are fat and which are fit? No one would have a clue – so just walk away and don’t bet would be my advice, but by watching them parade and watching the race we might be able to spot a future Spring Carnival winner.

There's also been a sad passing of a man well known in the Queensland thoroughbred racing industry that I was only advised of earlier today and as friends or relations may not have yet been advised I will not run that story until next Monday on this website. I'm reliably informed his funeral is to be next Thursday.

Eagle Farm Track Manager Sean Bridges advised the website earlier this afternoon that the track is currently a "good 3". Sean further advised that "I gave the track a good drink yesterday by putting 8mm of irrigation on it and am happy where it is now. It races best around the 4.3 or 4.4 penetrometer mark and it's 4.4 this afternoon. Furthermore this is the third last meeting at Eagle Farm before it's redone. We have the meeting next Saturday then a mid-week one and that is it for the course proper."

Racing Queensland Cadet Handicapper Sam Watson has advised the scaled weights for Eagle Farm tomorrow and they are: Race 1 + 4.50kgs, Race 2 + 2.5kgs, Race 4 + 3.5kgs, Race 5 + 0.50kg, Race 6 + 2kgs and Race 8 + 2.5kgs.

The apprentice jockey weights for tomorrow should be:



Priscilla Schmidt

51 claims 2kgs

Geoffrey Goold

54 claims 2kgs

Luke Tarrant

50 claims 2kgs

Beau Appo

49 claims 3kgs

Bridget Grylls

49 claims 3kgs

Travis Wolfgram

53 claims 3kgs

Sam Payne

53.5 claims 3kgs

Ruby Ride

50 claims 3kgs

Rachael Murray

51 claims 3kgs

Janette Johnson

54 claims 3kgs

Courtney Van Der Werf

52 claims 3kgs

Kirk Matheson

54.5 claims 1.5kgs

Brooke Richardson

50 claims 3kgs

Today on I preview Randwick Race 7. On there’s a look at two harness racing stories, whilst on Matt Nicholls looks at Flemington.

And in late breaking news this afternoon after 4.30pm, Racing Queensland issued this Media Release re the make-up of their Boards. In full it reads:

August 8, 2014

Key changes announced to Racing Queensland Boards

Racing Queensland has announced changes to key positions on the Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board (QACRIB) and two of its code boards, as endorsed by the Queensland Government.

Based on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry, the Chairman of QACRIB must now be one of the two independent members and not be a member of a code board. This recommendation was to be adopted at an appropriate time when good governance allowed it.

As a result of the changes, Mr Kevin Dixon has stepped down from the Queensland Thoroughbred Racing Board (QTRB) as both chairman and a member. He has subsequently been appointed to the vacant independent director’s position on QACRIB and will continue as chairman of QACRIB in this new capacity.

Mr Dixon has been replaced as chairman of the QTRB by Mr Peter Boyce, while Mr Greg Mitchell has been appointed chairman of the Queensland Harness Racing Board. Both gentlemen will join Greyhound chairman Mr Michael Byrne as code representatives on QACRIB.

Minister for Racing Steve Dickson said the changes meant there was a full complement of members on the QACRIB.

“These changes were made based on the recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry, and with the new structure in place, Mr Dixon and his fellow board members can continue to implement and deliver the initiatives and processes they have been pursuing to take the racing industry forward in the state of Queensland.”

“Mr Boyce and Mr Mitchell are both strong advocates for their codes and have already made a significant contribution to the industry on their respective code boards.

“I said from the outset that stability for the racing industry was paramount, and now that we have provided that, thanks to the wagering deal with Tatts, I believe the industry’s future is brighter than ever.”

The appointment process to fill the code board vacancies is currently underway.

As at August 8, 2014 QACRIB comprises:

Mr Kevin Dixon (Independent)

Mr Greg Hallam (Independent)

Mr Peter Boyce (Thoroughbred)

Mr Greg Mitchell (Harness)

Mr Michael Byrne (Greyhounds)

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