I am pleased to report that we have continued to have constructive discussions with Racing Queensland, under the new leadership of Jason Scott, which we expect will lead to respectful and meaningful collaboration.
Our association’s primary purpose is to advocate on behalf of thoroughbred racehorse owners. To ensure that strategic and operational decisions made by regulatory bodies take account of the interests of owners. These decisions impact our ownership experience and ought to be anticipatory and collaborative.
Put simply, decisions impacting thoroughbred racehorse ownership should be informed by input from owners.
As we reported last month, our membership survey was recently presented to Jason and we have since had further discussions around how our association can work with Racing Queensland to help build racehorse ownership in Queensland and to eliminate confusion and conflict around decision making.
In the coming months we expect to be able to introduce senior executives of Racing Queensland to our members to discuss ongoing matters of relevance and opportunity.
The QTOA is also represented in the Thoroughbred Alliance, whose spokesman, Cameron Partington works exhaustively to ensure that the industry wide interests of owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders are protected.
We are also pleased that QTOA Committee member Linda Huddy has been put forward to represent owners on the Queensland Off The Track (QOTT) Board.
From a QTOA Committee perspective, we also have recently welcomed John Horan from Ayres Racing onto the Committee as our North Queensland representative.
John is passionate about the industry in North Queensland and will replace Malcolm Petroski, who has recently stepped down from the committee due to increasing business interests. We thank Malcolm for his contributions to the QTOA during his time with us.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PREMIERSHIP WINNERS
On the racing front and on behalf of all owners, we congratulate and thank our most recent season champions, trainer Tony Gollan and jockey James Orman.
We all know just how hard it is to win a race. Among other things, there is supreme effort required to get a horse fit, keep it healthy and select the right race, then the jockey has to ride the horse well and with luck. Add in the role of the strappers, stable hands, vets, farriers and myriad others involved, any win is an achievement. To win premierships is a great achievement.