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Breeders & Owners In Brawl Over QTIS Scheme Review
The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association announced it "has grave concerns about the direction of a review into the QTIS & QTIS 600 schemes & the current prize-money pool". It noted the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association "has proposed the review, specifically targeting mid-week & metropolitan prize-money, maiden, class one & black-type prize-money & the QTIS initiatives". The TBQA declared it "is concerned that changes to the QTIS scheme, driven by the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association, could spell disaster for their industry". TBQA president Basil Nolan asked: "Why dismantle one of the most successful racing initiatives that Queensland Racing has established?" Nolan said breeders "own 63% of racehorses in training & contributed $500 million over the past 2 years to training fees for racehorses" & emphasised: "Breeders & owner-breeders underpin racehorse ownership in this country & should play a constructive role in resolving the many issues affecting the viability & future of racing. This is one of those issues." Nolan believes the QROA is "targetting the QTIS scheme with the aim of sinking it" & said: "What the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association has failed to see is that Queensland breeders also contribute nearly $1 million dollars per year from their own pockets to help fund the QTIS prize-money pool. Any owner can access that, providing they choose to race a Queensland-bred horse. It is therefore up to the racehorse owner to decide if they want to race for the extra prize-money provided by the QTIS scheme or not. If they do, that in turn is great news for the Queensland breeding industry, as owners seek out Queensland-bred stock to be part of the QTIS incentive programs." And Nolan added the TBQA fears the QROA "is not considering country or regional owners & breeders by pushing for more money for metropolitan racing, which will mean funds will likely be taken from country areas & Queensland-bred horses will no longer be as sought after." As a result, Nolan & his committee have commissioned their own review of the industry "to see how best to improve this worthwhile product & in particular the QTIS incentive scheme. When we have the full results of our investigations, we will be only too happy to make our findings available to the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association in the interests of working together, towards a better product for all, that does not jeopardise our industry's future."