Page:1930 QLD Royal Commission into Racing Report.djvu/15

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Although the Kedron rules of racing make no provision on the point, the associated bodies in fact maintain a system of registration of horses.

Prize Money.—There is no fixed scale for prize money amongst the associated bodies.

Kedron distributes the largest sums. Its prize moneys average about £405 at ordinary meetings for a programme of seven races.

The occasional provision at certain special meetings of larger prizes raises this average to about £447.

None of the other associated bodies approaches such an amount. Coorparoo, which is the next highest, distributes £120 to £135 for a programme of six races; Strathpine, £115 to £130; and Goodna about £120 for a similar programme. The Ipswich Amateur Turf Club gives about £120.

The Metropolitan Owners, Trainers, and Jockeys' Association, which so far has held only one meeting, distributed £217 at that meeting.

The West Moreton District Association held one meeting during 1929, with prize money of £250 guaranteed by a resident of Thagoona.

Many of the meetings above referred to have been held at a loss. This we deal with more fully later.

The Brisbane Trotting Club, which has not lately held any meetings, distributed in 1928 about £100 at each monthly meeting.

Admission Fees.—The admission fees charged by the undermentioned unregistered bodies are shown in the following table:—

Racing Body. Paddock. Leger.
Gentlemen. Ladies.
s. d. s. d. s. d.
Kedron Amateur Racing Club 10 0 5 0 2 9
Goodna 10 0 5 0 ..
Coorparoo Turf Club 10 0 3 0 3 0
Strathpine Turf Club 10 0 3 0 ..
Ipswich Amateur Turf Club 6 0 .. 2 0
Metropolitan Owners, Trainers, and. Jockeys' Association 10 0 2 0 ..

Number of Horses in Training.—The number of horses in training or in preparation for unregistered racing for the year 1929 was about three hundred and fifty.

Number of Licensees and Employees.—The approximate number of owners, trainers, jockeys, and other employees engaged in or about unregistered racing during 1929 was one hundred and seventy-six.

This total does not include bookmakers and their assistants.

Public Attendances.—The average public attendances at the various unregistered racecourses during 1929 were approximately as follows:—

Kedron 1,350
Coorparoo 300
Goodna 180
Strathpine 230
Bundamba (Ipswich Amateur Turf Club) 400