RQ answer a step in right direction

AT last, the burning question has been answered.

In a comprehensive interview with race caller David Fowler, the CEO of Racing Queensland Dr Eliot Forbes, has revealed that Racing Queensland is the owner of the Albion Park complex.

That one key factor may enable participants to better understand the thought processes on which major decisions are taken in formulating RQ's much publicised "20 year" infrastructure plan.

Any decisions made on the future of Albion Park will be aimed at putting the complex on an enduring "cash cow" footing.

The demographic suitability exercise for population growth, both people and racing animals, conducted earlier this year by Deloitte Services, strongly recommended the southern and western (greater Ipswich footprint) growth corridors as sites for a greyhound and trotting track in each area.

Dr Forbes made it crystal clear that any income derived from an RQ development of Albion Park would be spent over all RQ's infrastructure needs. He stressed that the end result, while a step in the right direction, would not deliver a vast fortune but be a reliable anchor for the codes.

Dr Forbes said that overall, the last financial year 2016/17 had provided a positive result on turnover figures in Queensland. Gallops were up by 12.8% and dogs, which we under- stand were already in profit, were better by 8.4%.

Sadly, harness performed poorly, with Queensland product down by 4.5% on the 2015/16 term.

We in harness are not doing it right. Our leaders have to examine all the wagering focussed initiatives applied to harness in the past 20 years to deter- mine where we went wrong.

From the infrastructure project viewpoint, we could do a lot worse than double up on Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate's proposition.

Build one complex in each corridor to the specification of the original Parklands (tracks both sides of a walk through grandstand) but to include a one turn dog track as well.

Further, it should be required that the tenant clubs agree to conduct a majority of dual code meetings.

Trainer's reward

VETERAN trainer, Calvert based Ray Cross, has demonstrated yet again that patience and perseverance can bring rewards.

Cross and his wife Janelle have been campaigning three trotters in the deep south for some weeks.

They were rewarded at Ballarat last Wednesday night, when Honey Please registered a nice win in the 2yo Trot at the juicy odds of $36.90 (UBET).

Anthony Butt had the reins, and drove a cool, ground saving race, with the filly running on strongly to score narrowly but well.

It was vintage Ray Cross, who has never lost faith in his current crop of young trotters.

Someone Singing capped off a good night by snagging fourth money in the next race.

Plan Marburg visit

FOR the forward planners, Marburg races next Saturday.

I know it's not an easy task requiring judgement and a fair slab of luck but the "Pick the Card" jackpot stands as a nice bet at $1150 to $3, with the entry form in the race book.

If you got really lucky, you could snag the gate prize of $100 to bet with the bookie.

With raffles and a Funny Money Bookie, it's all there with burgers and beers at budget prices.

It's top country trotting on a sunny winter afternoon.

Gates open at 10am.

Admission is $5 adults, students, pensioners and race books $3.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 1-2-3: Withalotofluck (I. Ross)- Montana Falcon (A. Sanderson)-Bettabe Perfect (H. Barnes).

R2: Quinella 1-4: Heavens Hint (N. Dawson) and The Next Star (B.Graham).

R3: Quinella 2-3: Guys Bettor Bet (G. Dixon) and Sicilian Slumber (C. Turpin).

R4: E/w 2: Only The Brave (G. Dixon).

R5: Quinella 6-9: Polished Rocks (M. Neilson) and Lancelot Bromac (N. Dawson).

R6: Quinella 4-8: Ultimate Art (A. Sanderson) and Majestic Major (G. Dixon).

R7: E/w 1: Alpha Styx (A. Sanderson).

R8: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Major Kiwi (T. Moffat)- Threo (H. Barnes)-Always Prompt (G. Dixon).

R9: Box trifecta 3-4-9: Verdot (D. Cernovskis)- Shardons Sheralee (T. Dawson)- Charlyse (M. Neilson).

R10: Quinella 4-7: Catcha Lefty (S. Graham) and Frankie Rocks (G. Dixon).

Honour board

IT'S that lower Brisbane Valley effect again on the leader board with Darrell Graham (Fernvale) producing four winners in the trainer's column and Nathan Dawson (Glamorganvale) posting four victories in the sulky. Most pleasing this week was under rated trainer/driver Gary Litzow, getting Playnserious home at Redcliffe last Wednesday night.

Redcliffe, July 21: Sicilian Slumber (Danny Gatt- Bouquet for Chantal Turpin); Bet I'm Special (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); Bettor Than Special (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); One Last Roll (Cassy Owen for Mark Rees).

Albion Park, July 22: Bettabe Perfect (Chantal Turpin); Corey ODonohue (Trent Dawson for Ron Sallis).

Gympie, July 22: Buddy Babcock (Nikki Chalk); My Ultimate Fella (Darrell Graham); Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham).

Albion Park, July 25: Torque feels Good (Chantal Turpin); Ivanov (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly); I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Red Luck (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).

Redcliffe, July 26: The Black flash (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith); Playnserious (Gary Lizow); Kaanapali (Taleah McMullen for John McMullen).

Redcliffe, July 27: Ashi Jet Sun (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law); Real Social (Gary Whitaker for Steve Bunz); Grande Uomo (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen); Elzboy (Nath- an Dawson for Steve Towns); Annas Best (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen); Red Rocker (Scott Rains for Ricky Gordon).

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