Queensland owners applaud integrity move by QRIC

A peak body representing racehorse owners has applauded moves to give owners greater access to integrity information regarding positive swabs.

As part of an wide-ranging interview with Queensland Racing Integrity boss Shane Gillard over the ongoing Alligator Blood saga, Gillard flagged potential integrity changes to keep owners more informed.


Queensland Thoroughbred Owners Association chief executive Ban Mannion welcomed the move.

“Owners seem to have been almost forgotten in some spaces, so anything that adds owners to the procedure or the process in racing is a win,” Mannion said.

“Shane (Gillard) reached out to me and said we want to include owners in the (integrity) process.

“That’s great news because there have been a number of situations where owners have come to me and said they haven’t been included in the (integrity process) and they can’t get on to the trainer.

“We think, at the very least, the owner-manager should be notified as part of the initial procedure that there has been some sort of irregularity in a swab.”

The QTOA has a growing voice in Queensland with powerful owner Peter Tighe, of Winx fame, the president and a director.

Winx co-owner Peter Tighe is the president of the Queensland owners’ association. Picture: Zak Simmonds

The organization will lobby for owners to be included as part of the dialogue with a wider array of integrity procedures, not just prohibited substance matters.

“If there is a process that includes the owner in integrity matters, we want to take it as far as possible,” Mannion said.

“At the moment we are just talking about positive swabs, but it could be other things.

“The great thing for me is there is absolute open dialogue with Shane (Gillard) about how owners can be more involved in the process.”

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