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ATT: Mike Baird’s taxing issue to deliver parity for NSW racing

Mike Baird was all smiles at Coogee Public School on Saturday. Picture: Bradley Hunter

Mike Baird was all smiles at Coogee Public School on Saturday. Picture: Bradley Hunter Source: News Corp Australia

MIKE Baird’s Liberal Party might have been returned with a comfortable majority in the NSW Election on Saturday night but one of the most immediate concerns the state government needs to address is the thorny issue of wagering taxation parity.

Racing NSW wants the state government to make good on its promise to introduce wagering taxation reform which would enable the racing industry to fund major events like the $20 million The Championships, which starts at Royal Randwick next Saturday.

The Premier has procrastinated on the issue despite recommendations from an independent report which said the NSW racing industry needs parity with Victoria.

At present, the NSW Government takes $3.22 out of every $100 bet on the NSW TAB while in Victoria, the government tax rate is only $1.28.

Mr Baird maintained through the state election campaign that wagering taxation reform was being considered as part of the budget process.

But in a revealing exchange with 2GB’s Alan Jones recently, the Premier conceded the independent report “recommended there is an economic benefit but there is some assumptions he needed to change. That work is being done.’’

The Premier also said: “ I’m committed to doing the right thing by the state and in relation to horse racing, I understand the importance and significance of it to the broad economy of the state.’’

What is certain is that Racing NSW won’t let up on this issue which has the capacity to provide the NSW racing industry with at least $70 million in additional revenue each financial year.

TRANSPORT WOES

GOLD Coast trainer Helen Page arrived in Sydney on a 10.30am flight and was making her way to Rosehill for stable star Rudy’s bid for the Group 3 $150,000 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) — only to pass the broken-down float that was carrying her horse on the way to the track!

Fortunately for Page, another float pulled up that had enough room to load Rudy and two other horses and get them to the track in time for their races.

One of those horses was Excess Knowledge, which won the Prelude, while Rudy ran eighth. Excess Knowledge and Rudy are likely to clash again in the $3 million Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick next week.

Rudy was forced to change rides on the way to Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Jono Searle

Rudy was forced to change rides on the way to Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Jono Searle Source: News Corp Australia

LEGENDS TAKE CENTRE STAGE

NRL legend Peter Sterling and Test cricket great Mark Waugh were the special guest speakers at a luncheon at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sterlo was in an ebullient mood after his beloved Parramatta Eels produced the upset of the season beating defending premiers South Sydney 29-16 at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night.

Some of the Parramatta team were at the luncheon, including captain Tim Mannahand match-winning halfback Chris Sandow.

“There’s a really good feeling at the club,’’ Sterling said. “We have had a few lean years but the club has recruited well and I think they will have a very good year.’’

Mannah said it was enjoyable being able to go to the races and enjoy a relaxing afternoon knowing the club had two competition points already in the bank this weekend.

We are not sure how Sterling and Mannah went on the punt but we did ask them for a tip in Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final.

Tim Mannah, Peter Sterling and Mark Waugh at Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Simon Bullard

Tim Mannah, Peter Sterling and Mark Waugh at Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

“New Zealand have played well but they have had a dream draw with all their games at home — I think Australia can win at the MCG,’’ Sterling said.

Mannah agreed, adding: “Australia has such a well-balanced side.’’

Waugh won a World Cup as a player and now he is hoping to do so as a selector.

A regular racegoer, Waugh also looked relaxed before Sunday’s big match.

It was a busy weekend for Waugh as he had another function to attend on Saturday night before catching an early morning flight to Melbourne for the World Cup final.

ADELAIDE READY TO FIRE

COX Plate winner Adelaide is going straight into the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) without a lead-up race.

Adelaide’s new trainer, Chris Waller, said he was happy with the outstanding galloper’s progress and confirmed plans to run him first-up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sydney’s richest race run at Royal Randwick on day two of the Championships, April 11.

Adelaide will tackle the Queen Elizabeth Stakes first-up on April 11. Picture: Mark Evans

Adelaide will tackle the Queen Elizabeth Stakes first-up on April 11. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

WALLER LOSES STAR

HE’S Your Man, the brilliant Epsom Handicap winner last spring, collapsed and died after a track gallop at Rosehill on Saturday morning.

The Chris Waller-trained galloped is believed to have suffered a heart attack but stewards have ordered an autopsy, which is standard procedure.

“The only saving grace I’ve got was it was very peaceful, I gave him a pat — but it’s tough,’’ an emotional Waller said at Rosehill.

The six-year-old gelding was nominated for the $3m Group 1 Doncaster Mile next Saturday at Randwick after running sixth to Contributer in the Ranvet Stakes last week.

BOSS BOUNCES BACK

CHAMPION jockey Glen Boss gave a timely reminder of his big-race skills with one of the rides of the season to win the Group 1 William Reid Stakes on Lucky Hussler at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Boss, famous for his hat-trick of Melbourne Cup wins on the great Makybe Diva(2003-04-05), has now ridden 79 career Group 1 winners to be ninth on the all-time list. Surely he is a Hall of Famer-in-waiting.

Glen Boss was back to his Group 1-winning best on Lucky Hussler at Moonee Valley on Frida

Glen Boss was back to his Group 1-winning best on Lucky Hussler at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Source: Getty Images

LAST CHANCE SALOON

THE Wild Card race at Muswellbrook on Sunday is the final opportunity for bush-trained horses to secure a start in the $300,000 Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick next Saturday.

The Country Championship series has been a hugely successful concept and the Wild Card at least gives the unlucky losers from the heats one final chance get a start in the final.

The Provincial Series has been similarly successful. The final heat will be run at Gosford on Thursday before the $300,000 Final at Royal Randwick on April 11.

SINCLAIR STANDS DOWN

STILL on Muswellbrook, Helen Sinclair, one of country racing’s most experienced and successful administrators, has stood down from her role as general manager of the race club.

Sinclair is taking a break from full-time work but it is hoped she is not lost to country racing. The very capable Duane Dowell has replaced her at Muswellbrook.

KARMA POLICE

AMONG the many congratulations Blake Shinn received after his emotional Group 1 win on Fenway over First Seal in the Vinery Stud Stakes was that of Racing NSW chief steward, Ray Murrihy.

“There is a bit of karma for you,’’ Murrihy said in an obvious reference to Shinn losing the ride on First Seal.

There was no animosity between the pair even though it was Murrihy who suspended Shinn for his ride on eventual winner Sweet Idea in The Galaxy on Golden Slipper Day.

Blake Shinn celebrates after Fenway wins the Vinery Stud Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard

Blake Shinn celebrates after Fenway wins the Vinery Stud Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

Shinn told At The Track that he had to make a decision whether to take his suspension penalty immediately so he could ride Slipper runner-up English in the $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes on day one of The Championships or use the nine-day rule, miss Randwick next week and ride on Saturday.

“I chose family,’’ Shinn said as he had already been booked by his step-father Lee Hope to ride Fenway in the Vinery Stud Stakes once he was replaced on First Seal. “It’s funny how things work out.’’

James McDonald was the new rider of First Seal and said the glamour filly had every chance. “But I’m happy for Blake,’’ McDonald added.

HEAVY HEARTS

As the racing industry prays for Victoria jockey Jack Hill’s recovery after he suffered head injuries in a horror fall at Donald on Friday, spare a thought for another rider struggling with injury, Alison Threadwell.

Threadwell, a Newcastle based-rider, broke her right shoulder and left arm in a trackwork fall two weeks ago and is confronted by a long, difficult convalescing period.

Originally published as Baird’s taxing issue

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Posted March 29, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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