The best products from Magic Millions got the cash in $1 million races at the meeting. Photo: Michelle SmithThe Brisbane Race Club has had discussions with Victorian-owned racing杭州龙凤论坛m about joining its platform, such is its dissatisfaction with Sky channel and concern over perceived breaches to its agreement with the Tabcorp-owned broadcaster.
In a case of finger pointing that seems to go hand in hand with racing’s television agreements, the BRC has been furious at how it is covered on the Sky premium channel, particularly on Saturdays, which often sees it relegated behind NSW provincial meetings.
Officials in Queensland believe Racing NSW has too much influence over Sky channel. The BRC has fired off several letters to Sky, pointing out breaches to the Racing Queensland contract but they have fallen ears.
“We don’t have any power because it is a Racing Queensland contract,” a source told Fairfax Media.
Sky channel privately concede there may be breaches and concerns for Queensland.
During the TVN period, Racing Queensland delivered its vision rights for the whole state to Sky and has a contract that states meetings will be shown on the premium channel.
There is frustration over acting Racing Queensland chief executive Ian Hall’s lack of action on the broadcast deal. Given that there is also dissatisfaction at the level of prizemoney in Queensland, there are some who fear there could be a revolt.
BRC officials have met with racing杭州龙凤论坛m but it would be a brave move to break a contract with Tabcorp.
Magic Millions a winner
The Magic Millions leave fellow sales companies for dead when it comes to its promotion of the stars from its sales, with Saturday’s $10 million raceday providing the perfect platform.
The best products from Magic Millions got the cash in $1 million races at the meeting. Group 1 winners Buffering, Tinto and Lucky Hussler simply had too much class for their rivals, while Guineas winner Mahuta and Classic victor Capitalist should join their number as a top-level winner, given the right luck.
The raceday has become a celebration of the Magic Millions, with all the glamour of the Gold Coast.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that barrier draws for major races are not a place where trainers or jockeys want, or need, to be. The Magic Millions barrier draw on Tuesday turned into a series of in-jokes without much thought for the stars of racing – jockeys and trainers.
The ASIC rules restricting registered syndicators to selling horses for a maximum of $250,000 are set to be reviewed with the sunset clause on the law. The strength of the Magic Millions sale made it hard for syndicators to buy stock. Some of them are bemused by companies buying horses for more than $300,000 and above, which are usually sold privately or commissioned by owners. Syndicators are restricted by market forces but would like the ability to sell more expensive horses and are hoping to see a big lift in the ceiling price.
Sydney apprentices got to show off their talents to punters by winning eight out of nine races at Canterbury on Saturday. The winners in total claimed 21 kilograms as Jamie Innes junior had a winning treble. It is not often apprentices get chances, given the strength of the Sydney jockey ranks. But success came at a price, with two leading apprentices, Winona Costin and Rory Hutchings, suspended.
In the spotlight
Queensland’s labour government has spent much of its time in the last year making cuts to the racing industry, but the $10 million day at Magic Millions has survived. It was interesting to see ministers front and centre at presentations on Saturday, making sure they were in the photos, sometimes pushing their way to the front. It has not been forgotten that for several months the government wanted to kill the $10 million day concept and they have effectively gutted the racing industry on the sunshine coast. The same ministers might not be as welcome during the Brisbane winter carnival after the delays they caused to the redevelopment of Eagle Farm and prizemoney slashes.