Country Thoroughbred Racing in Queensland in Dire Straits

There is more to thoroughbred racing than the goings-on at the major metro tracks across the country, but some observers feel as though the various state governments need to do more to support the industry.

Government support of private industry is by no means rare, as tax revenues from athletic venues plays a key role in state budgetary revenue generation, but at some point, the question that begs to be asked is why tax collection for the benefit of thoroughbred racing should be coming out of the pockets of those who have no interest.

It could be argued that Australian punters are in the majority, which makes a strong argument for support for country racing, especially in Queensland, where a population of approximately 4. 7 million wagers just under 60 percent of what is bet in Victoria.

The interesting aspect of that statistic is that Queensland holds 25 percent more non-Tab meetings than Victoria does, so the area that seems to need some propping up would be the country racing that could stand an infusion of revenue from some source.

In order to be sustainable in Queensland, not only must the stage government be involved, but also the regional and local councils that benefit from country racing need to take a larger role in the industry.

Government involvement represents a two-edged sword, however, as many punters, regardless of their physical location, wager online, with complete access to races everywhere, not just in their locale.

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