Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland President Basil Nolan has slammed the Australian Pattern Committee for completely overlooking Queensland in its allocation of new Listed races.
The Committee met in New South Wales last week and awarded seven black-type events to Victoria and three to Scone. “I find it a slap in the face that Queensland has been completely disregarded,” Nolan said. “The Pattern Committee is top heavy with southern representatives. Only two of the 14 board members are from Queensland, and we have seen the end result.”
Nolan is astounded that Scone could secure three Listed races on the back of the Scone Cup Carnival when the form from that meeting has not even stood up against Queensland races.
He cited Tinszelda as the prime example. The daughter of Snitzel was dominant in three undefeated starts in country NSW including a three length win in the Scone Metro 2YO Challenge.
Despite her much-lauded form and starting favourite, Tinszelda could only manage sixth place in the Lancaster Stakes during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Hoss Amor, Sunset Affair, Saturn Rock, Caliente and Discreet all placing above her.
“The Scone Cup Carnvial has been a stand-alone for just two years, how can they possibly secure three Listed races when we have top events and quality fields year round right across Queensland,” Nolan continued. “Surely some of our races are worth upgrading?”