Logan track going ahead

RACING Queensland CEO Darren Condon remains confident of a July 2015 opening for greyhound racing at Cronulla Park, Logan.

Cronulla Park, about 30 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD, will be the home for a spacious "one turn'' track to replace the Gold Coast Parklands, which closed in 2008.

It's been a long time coming and Condon wishes to reassure the sceptics who drive past Cronulla Park and see no building activity that progress is being made.

"A contractor has been appointed for the project and that contractor has called for tenders for the building of the various parts of the complex,'' Condon said.

"The company which builds the actual race track won't necessarily be the company that constructs the buildings at the site.

"The successful tenderers should be announced within a few days.

"I remain confident of a June 2015 completion date for the whole project, ready to race in July.''

Condon added a couple of provisos.

"Weather conditions can have a bearing. And there's also the matter of strikes,'' he said.

"It's the nature of the building game that you get stoppages along the way.''

This does not necessarily mean there will be a total walkout, as such, at any stage of the construction. But it's likely there will be stoppages while small issues are satisfactorily resolved.

Such stoppages are usually factored into the timeframe estimate for any project but the number or length of such stoppages can't be predicted.

Condon advises people to completely dismiss suggestions that the Logan project has been cancelled due to animal rights or "greenie'' protesters who are against the concept.

"I took a phone call from a greyhound licensee wanting to know why RQ had caved in,'' Condon said.

"The caller said it was me who had told the objectors that the project was off. That's complete rubbish.''


Impressive effort

TWENTY-one year old trainer Amy O'Reilly continues to enjoy great success with her team of about 12 greyhounds.

Last Tuesday O'Reilly won the $3500 John Young Memorial final at the Ipswich Showgrounds when Flash Houdini, owned in partnership with her father Peter, romped home in the handy time of 30.76.

In the Ipswich female trainers' premiership for 2014, O'Reilly is over 200 points in front.

She will win that for sure.

She's also level-pegging with Toowoomba's Col Byers who leads the male trainers' premiership.

The premierships run until December 31.

While the premierships are treated as separate, I can't recall the last time when a female finished a year or season with more points than the males. It could well happen this year if O'Reilly's juggernaut of winners and placegetters continues.


Earlier starts

TODAY'S twilight meeting at the Showgrounds commences at 2.57pm.

Tomorrow night's racing also comes forward by about an hour, due to daylight saving down south.

Race one will be at 5.52pm.

As of Monday, Ipswich will race seven times a week while Albion Park is closed for track surface reconstruction. That will happen through until November 17.

That's 35 race meetings at Ipswich in 35 days.

Monday's meeting starts at 6.43pm.


Consider this

A DAY of worrying is more exhausting than a week of work.


Charity bet

I'VE just about lost track of how many placings our Tattsbet charity bet has yielded in recent months.

We had another placing last weekend when Tiny Turner finished second, the place dividend of $1.50 for the $50 each way bet yielding a return of $75.

The small collects all add up but here's hoping for a long overdue winner. This week's bet is tomorrow night at the Showgrounds, race seven, dog number eight, Berry in Love.

Guess what? The trainer is Amy O'Reilly. I reckon she can help us out with a winner.

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