Racing lives on in the regions
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
COUNTRY racing is alive and well.
That's the message being spread by regional Central Queensland racing clubs who have banded together to form the Capricornia Country Racing Association.
Gladstone trainer Chris Trevor, one of the representatives voted in at the June 14 meeting in Dingo at which the CCRA was created, said the association's formation sent a message to Queensland Racing.
'Representatives throughout Central Queensland were present and a strong message sent to Queensland Racing that country facing was very much alive and needed to be protected by the gov-ernment,' Trevor said.
'All (club representatives) were keen to ensure that racing didn't die in the bush.'
Trevor said the formation of the CCRA was an initiative of the Queensland Government and the move to protect and promote country racing was a joint venture between the government and Capricornia clubs.
'Everyone left the meeting more confident that Queensland country racing was alive and well and would stay that way,' Trevor said.
The association was formed in response to Queensland Racing's cutting of non-TAB race meetings in the region in recent years.
The CCRA will come into effect on August 1 with the Gladstone Turf Club to be represented by Ronald Rideout with Viv Pengelly and Trevor representing Gladstone jockeys and trainers respectively.