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MY CALL: THE RACE IS INSIDE THE FINAL 100M. WILL THERE BE A WIN IN THERE SOMEWHERE FOR RACING?

By David Fowler | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

David Fowler is the principal thoroughbred caller for Radio TAB. David, who is a keen form student and punter, has enjoyed a lifetime involvement in the racing media. His personal blog, ‘My Call’, appears exclusively on HRO.

The LNP’s policy to return autonomy to each racing code is both bold in vision and correct on the evidence at hand.

The 2010 merger of the three codes has been a failure.

Some, who should know better, try to rewrite history and claim the merger was the saviour of the harness and greyhound codes.

They are either mischievous or downright dishonest in portraying such a scenario.

Both the minor codes were financially robust and in advanced and amicable conversations to revamp Albion Park.

I should know. I was there.

The greyhound industry then jumped at the merger on the basis of a now known false promise while harness racing was strongly pressured after saying an initial “no thanks”.

So what’s the end result after seven and a half years for them. A big fat nothing!

Not a cent spent on infrastructure from both sides of the political fence and a string of Racing Queensland administrations.

Surely anything is better than this.

Harness and greyhound racing participants have felt like second class citizens in the merged structure.

Morale is desperately low.

Promises are viewed with suspicion. Understandably.

They simply want to run their own businesses without having to wait in line for generally no return.

This won’t be an easy task but a six month timetable has been slated to develop a new government model.

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