In the mid-1980’s the most famous BrisVegas racing Butterfly of all, the dearly departed and much missed professional punter and man about the Vegas social scene John Mort Green, was found guilty of having prior knowledge of the Fine Cotton ring-in after stewards found he was one of the commission agents putting the big money on the substituted Bold Personality in the then lively Eagle Farm betting ring.
A ring-in is one of the rarest and most serious crimes that can be committed on a race track, and in recognition of his part in breaching the rules of racing and assisting with the commission of a fraud The Butterfly copped 10 a ten month ban from the racecourse.
Taking a photo of a starting price is an offence against neither the law of Queensland or of the Australian Rules of Racing. It is however allegedly a breach of the Brisbane Racing Club’s (unpublished) conditions of entry, but if this is so then it is a condition that BRC CEO David Whimpey, his wife Natalie, former BRC Director and Acting CEO of Racing Qld Slippery Sam Adams, and his wife Kathryn have breached on perhaps scores of occasions.
A keen racegoer named Nick Meredith has been banned from both of the Brisvegas race courses for 12 months for a deemed infraction of these conditions of entry, with his ability to attend the track at the expiration of the ban contingent on further approval by the Committee of the BRC.
Twelve months for taking a photo of a starting price image that is broadcast all around the internet by corporate bookmakers anyway.
And the Butterfly only got 10 months for being involved in a ring-in.
Something’s rotten in the state of Brisbane racing, something is very rotten indeed.