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New Integrity Unit To Protect Punters
Racing Queensland says it has established a racing integrity unit to improve the industry's image and to combat illegal race-day activities, reports abc.net.au. The new regulatory unit will utilise cutting-edge technology to carry out blood tests on horses and to monitor stable activity. Racing Queensland chief executive Darren Condon says it is aimed at providing a level playing field for trainers, owners and punters. "The issue when you are dealing with an incident that occurs post-race, the punter doesn't get any real benefit in that sense," explained Mr Condon. "Once correct weight is given, the punter is paid out or lost. By doing this we make sure it's a fair and reasonable event that's conducted on the day so the punter is protected."