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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 An Information Bulletin for the Local Racing Industry.

NEW UPDATED CLUDEN PARK TRACKWORK RULES & REGULATIONS - INCLUDING UPDATED FEE STRUCTURE (Subject to Quarterly Reviews)

After consultation with the General Manager Operations of Racing Queensland Mr Warren Williams, the Committee and management of the Townsville Turf Club have recently reviewed and revised the Cluden Park Track-work Rules, Regulations and Conditions of use. This included a full review of the Club’s current track fees which have long been maintained by the Club at levels far below that of the industry average. The Club has taken the decision to increase standard track fees and the conditions associated with these, to provide a fairer balance on the costs associated and incurred maintaining and preparing training tracks and facilities to the best possible standards. The Club has also included a comparison summary on the fees associated with other comparable TAB Clubs throughout Queensland, owners and trainers will find the new levels still well below most other Clubs. Attached is a full copy of the updated Cluden Park Track-work Rules and Regulations and associated fees. All trainers are required to read and complete the declaration and return it to the Townsville Turf Club office in the attached reply paid envelope prior to the 1 st of January 2013, on which the new and updated regulations and fees come into effect. The Club thanks all trainers for their ongoing support of the Club and can be rest assured that the Club is committed to providing and continuing to upgrade the training facilities and options that we have available at the Townsville Turf Club well into the future.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR TRACK TIMES Please find below a full schedule of track and facilities opening times for Cluden Park over the Christmas/New Year season:MON 24 DEC Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm TUE 25 DEC (XMAS DAY) – NO TRACKWORK, Walker & Pool Only 7.00am – 4.00pm WED 26 DEC Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm THU 27 DEC Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm FRI 28 DEC Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm SAT 29 DEC Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm SUN 30 DEC Walker & Pool Only 7.00am - 5.00pm MON 31 DEC Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm TUE 01 JAN (NEW YEARS DAY) –NO TRACKWORK, Walker & Pool Only 7.00am–4.00pm WED 02 JAN Trackwork 4.00am-8.00am, Walker & Pool Until 5.00pm


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INDUSTRY INVITATION TO OPEN FORUM WITH RACING QUEENSLAND BOARD & CHAIRMAN KEVIN DIXON Tuesday 18 December at 8.30am

The Board of Racing Queensland Limited invites all Thoroughbred industry participants to an open forum to discuss any issues or concerns you have. The forum will commence at 8:30am till 9:30am on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 in the Members Lounge, Townsville Turf Club.

OFFICIAL BARRIER TRIALS Barrier Trials – Wednesday 9 January – to commence at 7.00am on the course proper against the rail – 850m – noms close 12noon Tuesday 08 January.

GRASS GALLOPS Grass Gallops – Wednesday 19 December – 4.00am – 6.30am – Outside witches hats

Un-Official Jumpouts Wednesday 19 December – 850m & 400m to commence at 7.00am on the course proper Outside witches hats – Please advise nominations to Track work Supervisor or Office by day prior.


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OWNERS, TRAINERS & STRAPPERS AFTERNOON TEA ROOM The Club is pleased to announce a joint initiative between Feed 2 Go, Mitavite and the Townsville Turf Club to host Afternoon Tea on race meetings held at Cluden Park, kicking off with the pre Xmas Race Meeting on Tuesday the 18th of December. The afternoon tea concept will continue through all of the Club’s January mid- week race meetings. All Owners, Trainers & Stable hands/Strappers are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments to be hosted in the morning track-work café room at the back of the Administration Office. This is a new concept which is proudly supported by Feed 2 Go, Mitavite and the Townsville Turf Club and one that will be trialled to gauge its support and ongoing continuation.

The Committee, Management and Staff of the Townsville Turf Club wish all owners, trainers and industry participants a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Club would like to thank our local industry for their support over the last year. Racing at Cluden Park continues to be very well supported by the industry during 2012, which is thanks mainly to the tremendous support of all local trainers and owners have offered to the Club throughout the year. We look forward to a very exciting and prosperous 2013 for the Club and for all of our owners, trainers, jockeys and licensees. The Club is very confident of announcements favourable for the local industry after the Racing Queensland Board holds its first board meeting outside of Brisbane, in Townsville on Tuesday the 18 th of December. The Club looks forward to bringing to fruition some long overdue enhancements and upgrade to our Club including Racing and Training facilities.


November / December 2012 Cluden Update