Lindsay Gallagher Abandons Doomben and Ipswich Fielding
The biggest of the on-course bookmakers in Queensland, Lindsay Gallagher, has decided that fielding at Doomben and Ipswich, something that he has been doing consistently for the past 15 years, is no longer worth the effort.
According to Gallagher, who was absent from the ring at Doomben Wednesday, the lack of customers at a mid-week meeting was the primary factor. “Basically, I have better things to do with my life than play to an empty house.”
Change is something most of us would prefer to avoid, or at best, accept grudgingly, or in the case of those who prefer to project an attitude of optimism, an inevitable part of life requiring constant adaptation.
It should be obvious to anyone that the drop in trade Gallagher is struggling with is the result of the widespread adoption of online wagering. Punters can now lose money without the additional expense of getting to the track and back.
Gallagher’s intent is to keep his license, but he will in the future field only at the Sunshine Coast on Sundays.
His departure leaves Ipswich in the hands of one rails bookmaker and means that four or five bookmakers on the Saturday meetings will cover Brisbane.
Gallagher seemingly does not want to pursue the route followed by other rails bookmakers, such as the father and son Eskander duo who saw the future and started the online operation Betstar, which they expanded into other sports markets before accepting a generous offer to become a part of the international agency Ladbrokes.