Is one turn track possible, or more Racing Qld hot air?

ABOUT six months ago, I made a pledge. It was to myself and to you, our much valued readers.

The pledge was not to waste any more time writing at length about south-east Queensland's need for a "one turn'' greyhound track. You've heard the story over and over again, to no avail.

Toowoomba's magnificent one turn track was closed in February, 2000 leaving the south-east of this state with one such track - the Gold Coast Parklands. That venue was shut in July, 2008, the State Government requiring the land as part of a new Gold Coast hospital.

Various governments and racing boards have promised a "one turn'' track and here we are, nearly nine years since Parklands was closed, still waiting. I decided that it was a waste of time and space writing about the matter until something concrete looked like happening. Guess what ?

It's just possible that time may have arrived.

Control body Racing Queensland has submitted to the state government what it's calling a plan to overhaul greyhound and harness infrastructure in south-east Queensland.

The government has established the Racing Infrastructure Fund which has $63 million available.

That amount isn't for the greyhounds and trots alone, gallops clubs throughout the length and breadth of the state have pitched for fund- ing for various projects too.

RQ chair Steve Wilson attended the recent greyhound awards night in Brisbane. He said that RQ had listened to the needs of greyhound racing partici- pants and appreciated that a "one turn'' track was the industry's priority. But he added that he was not in a position to promise anything at this stage. That wasn't what we wanted to hear.

However RQ is making recommendations, not decisions, as to how the $63 million should be allocated.

In the meantime, RQ is calling for expressions of interest from race clubs, councils and various organisations.

It seems to me that whoever pushes their own barrow the best might get a chunk of the available funding.

If Racing Minister Grace Grace gives a "one turn'' track, presumably as part of a redevelopment at the Ipswich Turf Club's Bundamba racecourse, the green light she will be applauded loudly.

If not, greyhound participants will no doubt shake their heads and say here we go again, more hot air and we'll just keep waiting and hoping.

And I'll go back to my pledge to avoid writing about the matter.

Stunning success

THE achievements of the Bill Elson trained Cyndie's Magic are simply stunning.

She has won $333,073, most of it at Albion Park, and sits at number 57 on the list of Australian prize- money earners of all time.

Fifty seven might not sound all that flash.

Number 56 is Bessy Boo and number 58 is Hawk Alone. But just above Cyndie's Magic on the list is Queensland immortal Flying Amy at number 53 with $354,105. It's quite possible for Cyndie's Magic to get past that figure with a few more wins. Of course Flying Amy raced more than 20 years ago but still, anyone who gets near or past her earnings tally is doing really well.

What's remarkable about Cyndie's Magic's prize- money is that she has never won a group race and has won less than $1000 outside Queensland.

Next meetings

THERE is no greyhound racing at Ipswich tomorrow, Good Friday.

Saturday's 10 race card starts at 5.26pm. The following meeting, next Tuesday, has a 3.53pm start time.

Barry Kitchener from Laidley was the star trainer of the three race meetings conducted this past week at the Showgrounds. He landed an unusual treble - a winner on each day, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. And his runners were afforded no favours in the box draw. Bogie Teejay and Zhicaho Lee scored from box four and Zabdon Bluey was a box six winner.

Kitchener has three runners this Saturday night. Withcott Flyer has box five, Zabdon Bluey box three and Bogie Tejay box two.

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