Chadwick Returns From Singapore to Steward Racing in Queensland
Peter Chadwick is poised to assume the post of Chief Steward for Racing Queensland.
He stated that his top priority will be to stamp out illegal gambling.
The route to that goal, one for which he bears no responsibility, apparently consists of the Government of Queensland going out of its way to tax legal gambling operators and legal punters into the ground.
Chadwick is coming back after 18 years in Singapore. The last 13 of those 18 were as the Chief Steward, the last 12 years and 11 months focusing on eliminating illegal gambling in Singapore.
Any junior stewards thinking to put their hand up for the vacant seat in Singapore will find that the post has already been taken up by Terry Bailey, who departs Racing Victoria.
It may seem the wiser path for Chadwick to set his sights on a more attainable goal, such as preventing trainers and float drivers from topping up horses with baking soda, but Chadwick views illegal gambling as the biggest threat to the racing industry.
The Asian underworld proved particularly adept at evading the revenue collectors. They used apps from the Play Store and the iOS source, combined with new crytocurrencies to get away with cheating.
Such new technology enables them to pay the correct bribes to the correct Singapore bureaucrats with a minimum of fuss.
“Monitoring of betting is very important – one of the greatest threats to racing worldwide is illegal betting,” Chadwick said on RadioTab. “We have to keep on top of that.”
Despite legal gambling being available for years, the discount punters can get from the dodgy operators has kept the underground gambling industry going strong.
That is not likely to change anytime soon, despite Chadwick’s and others’ lofty ambitions.
Stopping illegal gambling for an agency such as Racing Queensland, or any of the other state regulators, could be compared to standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier and trying to catch highly maneuverable butterflies.