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Choose carefully, racing's future at stake

ON the subject of the election, no one taking a fair and balanced view of the two horse codes in Queensland could say they are comfortable with their future prospects.

This includes the bulk of participants, be they punters, owners, trainers or drivers.

Both major parties are trying to buy votes in the country areas with promised injections of funds around the $70 million over four years.

Intending voters, and that should be all of us, should think hard about what is on offer.

Election promises are easily made, and just as easily broken.

What we should be hearing is a commitment to splitting the three codes, if only to ensure that each code's achievements or shortcomings are easily identifiable, and a return to stricter government control.

We do not want racing ministers claiming that they have appointed people to run racing and that dissidents should take their complaints back to those people.

More Marburg fun

HOT on the heels of a successful Summerfest/ Harriott Memorial meeting last Sunday, the merry folk of Marburg have another serve of harness for you today.

Seven races are scheduled today and those attending have the chance of taking home the "pick the card” jackpot where $3 can win you $1300.

It includes the gate prize of a $100 free bet with bookie Stephen Anthony, plus the "funny money” deal where you bet with no money then use your bogus dollars in the auction after the last race.

Marburg race days offer the best burgers, cheap beverages, a great raffle and all for the admission price of $5 adults; members and pensioners $3; with kids under 16 free.

Gates open at 10.30am with trials commencing at 11am.

Race one starts at noon.

Worrying incident

THE following press release is about as sad as it gets.

Where is racing in Queensland headed when QRIC stewards of whatever code cannot go about their duty without risking assault.

There are many in the horse codes who resent the high cost of QRIC, incurred in its bid to provide a clean product in all facets of racing from paddock to track. They will be even more upset when we have to provide police protection to stewards when they enter a licencee's premises.

The statement on November 14 read: "Two Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards are recovering after they were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection at Toowoomba this morning.

"The stewards, from the Commission's Integrity Regulation Unit, were conducting an inspection at a Toowoomba property when they were approached by an industry participant.

"It is alleged the man, who is known to the stewards, sprayed an unknown liquid into the eyes of both of them.

"It's further alleged that he then stole the keys from a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission vehicle and drove off in his own vehicle.

"Both stewards were transported by Queensland Ambulance for medical treatment.

"Detectives from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad are investigating the incident with the assistance of Toowoomba police.

"A 73-year-old Pittsworth man is wanted for questioning”.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the stewards were acting within their lawful responsibilities when they were subjected to an unprovoked attack.

"It's very fortunate that neither of the officers has suffered any long-term damage as a result of what occurred yesterday but having engine degreaser sprayed directly into their face and eyes was a very concerning incident,” Commissioner Barnett said.

"I should stress that this is very unusual within the racing industry and most participants treat stewards with respect.

"We of course will not condone any assault on any of our staff and when anything like this happens we will ensure that the people responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.''

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Polished Rocks (L. Weidemann)-Our Hi Jinx (K. Gath)-Lancelot Bromac (Amanda Turnbull).

R2: Box trifecta 2-3-9: The Charging Moa (Narissa McMullen)-Wynberg Terror (Kelli Dawson)-Zaras Delight (Kate Gath).

R3: Box trifecta 1-4-12: Master Montana (C Turpin)-Jakes A Joy (L Weidemann)-Jango Fett (A Turnbull).

R4: Quinella 5-10: Constantly Sideways (B Graham) and I'm Johnny Jet (L Weidemann).

R5: Quinella 1-8: Anychance (D Hill) and Gas Monkey (K Manning).

R6: E/w 5: The Next Star (K Gath).

R7: E/w 7: Overlap (C Turpin).

R8: Box 1-5-8-10: Ivanov (K Gath)-Lysenko (L Weide- mann)-Spud (C Turpin)- Melpark Royal Son (D. Hill).

R9: Quinella 1-6: Win Or Die ( K Dawson) and Only In Rome (A Turnbull).

Marburg picks today: R1 - 6-2-3-4. R2: 3-6-7-2. R3: 3-2-1-4. R4: 1-2-3-4. R5: 1-3-7-5. R6: 4-7-3-2. R7: 1-5-4-7.

Honour board

NOTHING remarkable on the leader board this week. Darrell Graham was top trainer with five winners. He shared driving honours with Pete McMullen and Nathan Dawson at three apiece.

Albion Park, November 10: Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson); Horace Foxley (Narissa McMullen for Tahn Cammilieri); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey).

Albion Park, November 11: Moonlight Eyre (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham); Charms On A Roll (Pete for Chantal Turpin).

Marburg, November 12: Grizzly Montana (Darrell Graham); Shadow Pass (Darrell Graham); Inciter (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Bubbaloobah (Dan Russell); Soldier Of Fortune (Lachie Manzelmann for Karen Schulz); Daenerys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson); Proficient (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves); Playnserious (Gary Litzow).

Albion Park, November 14: Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds); The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson); Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin).

Redcliffe, November 15: Black Belt (Madi Dux for Ron Sallis); Flashing Good Time (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); One Last Roll (Taleah McMullen for Narissa McMullen); Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin).

Redcliffe, November 16: Beef City Blaze (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson); Tarin Kowt (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis); The Next Star (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).

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