Allman Park needs more TAB days
LAST Saturday I had the pleasure of attending my first race meeting at Allman Park.
The racing was fantastic and the track consistency was excellent.
This only highlighted the inconsistency with Queensland Racing and its distribution of TAB days.
Last week, Racing Queensland issued its 2011-12 racing schedule and, to my disappointment, Warwick once again missed out on any TAB days.
To rub salt into the wound, Warwick Cup Day which, from what I can gather, is one of the bigger crowd days of country Queensland didn’t even get a start and a betting meeting.
Its appears there are only six race tracks in Queensland worth having TAB meetings – Doomben and Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba and a token North Queensland track on rotation (Mackay/Cairns/Townville).
This is a real failure on the part of Racing Queensland.
With the launch of the new SKY2 channel, country Queensland tracks should have received their fair share of the extended racing schedule and prize money, like other states, including New South Wales, managed to get.
Here’s some meat to back up my argument with five NSW tracks with similar meeting schedules to Warwick:
- Orange, 7 meetings, 5 TAB, 2 non-TAB;
- Gundagai, 7 meetings, 4 TAB, 3 non-TAB;
- Mudgee, 7 meetings, 4 TAB, 3 non-TAB;
- Gunnedah, 7 meetings, 4 TAB, 3 non-TAB;
- Quirindi, 7 meetings, 5 TAB, 2 non-TAB;
- Warwick, 7 meetings, 7 non-TAB.
The old adage of not enough horses to run these TAB events in rural areas are no longer an excuse with more than 90 nominations for a six-race card last Saturday, including some quality horses that have won in town.
With increased prize money, Warwick becomes an excellent visit for northern NSW trainers with horses who can’t handle the sting out of the ground during the summer months and Toowoomba and Ipswich trainers looking for a run.
This would create a snowball for local trainers as well with better racing and increased prize money to encourage new owners to the industry.
Let’s get a fair go for the bush and push Queensland racing to make sure this is rectified for 2012.