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THE SUNSHINE COAST NEWSPAPER COLUMN - TRI-CODE OPTION A FAILURE ... LET'S MOVE ON!

By Graham Potter | Sunday, March 1, 2015

Graham Potter writes a weekly column for the Sunshine Coast daily. Due to demand from those having trouble accessing the paper these columns are now also published on HRO courtesy of the Sunshine Coast daily.

The Racing Queensland Board is currently fighting on so many fronts that their overall resources, as exposed so stunningly by their massive integrity department failure, are spread so thin that they might struggle to win a battle.

A new state government has brought uncertainly about the current board’s future. That already created a shaky foundation from which to move forward and when the greyhound scandal struck you could almost feel the building start to sway.

Add in logistical issues, like racetracks where you can’t race, and you would be justified if you had a very real fear of the building, or part of it at least, collapsing.

An over-reaction? Maybe.

Of course racing will survive long-term, but in what form and under whose management?

I have never been a supporter of the Tri-Code model. Putting three racing codes under one administrative banner was, and remains, a ludicrous idea.

Each code has its own sets of demands and each should stand or fall on their own viability without letting the failing of one impact on the prosperity of another.

True, each code’s administrators would then have to work harder to defend, maintain or improve their position, but that is what happens in business and when racing gets that message it will be all the better for it.

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Ric McMahon brings Code Noir back to scale after the Matthew Dunn trained gelding had saluted at Doomben on Saturday making it two wins from two starts.

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Ric McMahon brings Code Noir back to scale after the Matthew Dunn trained gelding had saluted at Doomben on Saturday making it two wins from two starts.

Photo Graham Potter
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Graham Potter writes a weekly column for the Sunshine Coast daily which appears every Sunday. Due to demand from those having trouble accessing the paper these columns are now also published on HRO courtesy of the Sunshine Coast daily. They can be found on the relevant publish dates, going back every Sunday, under the blog section of the site.
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