By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

NOT too many knew him as Alan William Townsend. But a legion of racing fans around the Mackay area – and beyond – will remember him simply as ‘Pee Wee’.

He was a character of great renown both on and off the tracks for more than 50 years – from Callaghan Park in Rockhampton to Cannon Park in Cairns – and racetracks in between.

The leviathan (a thing that is very large and powerful) punter – and an utterly fearless bookmaker – was laid to rest at the tiny sugar town of Mirani on Friday. He was 75 and the tributes and stories of the former railway porter, cane cutter, punter, owner and bookmaker and, above all, devoted family man and passionate gardener, flowed freely.

By Terry BUTTS of the North Queensland Register

COUNTRY racing in the southern States paints a far brighter picture than Queensland where the clubs in the south-east corner and those in the country scramble for the crumbs of a diminishing cake. They live on hope.

And, closer to home, the Chairman’s report to be handed down at the Townsville Turf Club’s AGM next month is hardly a confidence booster for the future.

By TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER

SO top trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh had no idea what the drip contained.

They said (under oath) that they had no idea it was Cobalt.

No, they had no idea!

Well, maybe they didn’t know – but so what?

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