LETSGOHORSE RACING TAKING A BREAK FOR 10 DAYS - WE'LL BE BACK IN ACTION ON NOVEMBER 27
EDITOR’S NOTE: WE are taking a long overdue break at letsgohorseracing and for the next two weeks there will be NO WEDNESDAY WHINGE and ONLY LIMITED COVERAGE on our website.
Apologies for those who look forward to their weekly dose of what’s right and wrong with the racing industry and those who make it tick. But we’ll be back bigger and better than ever and look forward to the countdown to the Christmas break.
This is the first time in the five years since letsgohorseracing was launched that we have taken a holiday and it is only for 10 days starting next Monday.
We have some exciting new plans for the website, our associated Late Mail selections service and the Wednesday Whinge which will be introduced in the New Year. You will hear about these soon.
Needless to say – despite the predictions of our critics – letsgohorseracing will be around for many years to come – God willing – and will continue to grow in popularity as it has in recent years thanks to the support of you – our loyal readers and followers.
RACING MINISTER & HIS SIDEKICK ‘DON’T KNOW’ FLEW IN TO TELL US WHAT WE ALREADY KNEW
BY TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER
YES, this was the same Racing Minister who flew into town last Friday with Darren (Don’t Know) Condon of Racing Queensland to announce what everyone knew anyway – that Townsville was to get the $7 million promised months ago for the track upgrade.
Steve Dickson was a last minute substitute for ‘Can Do’ Campbell Newman who was actually the cause for the delay as he had insisted he would make the announcement himself.
Anyway the Racing Minister deputised and apparently insisted the story be ‘leaked’ to News Limited which subsequently resulted in the Townsville Bulletin having the temerity to run it as a front page ‘exclusive’.
This, mind you, was a day after the RQ CEO phoned your scribe to say it was ‘on’ and to extract a promise not to mention it until after the Minister made his announcement.
I played ball but the Minister didn’t.
Really, I am too old to worry about being scooped by a would-be newspaper such as the ‘Bully’ - but thankfully age has not affected my sense of loyalty, ethics or values.
And you Minister?
Well, enjoy the trappings of your portfolio while it lasts – because I doubt if you will be here to cut the ribbon to open the new Cluden track in June – or whenever.
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'SILKS AND SADDLES' with TERRY BUTTS
SILKS & SADDLES is a popular weekly column written by respected racing writer TERRY BUTTS that we run courtesy of one of Australia’s leading rural newspapers, the NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER. Butts is an old-style racing journalist who shoots from the hip and takes no prisoners. He resents the 'suck-up and survive' mentality of some of the new breed of racing journalists in the print and broadcast media.
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