WHEN asked what ramifications Wednesday’s Federal Court ruling over Racing NSW product fees would have on Coffs Harbour Racing Club, the CEO was as confused as most.
“Who knows?” Russ Atkinson asked.
The racing club boss did say though that he hopes when all the appeals are over and done with, it results in the projected influx of funds into the industry.
If not, Atkinson believes that a day at the country races will no longer be something we can take for granted.
“Country racing in particular, if they (Racing NSW) don’t get that injection, will be significantly impacted because it won’t come off the big boys in town, it will come off the country,” Atkinson said.
“It’s a long way down the track yet but I think if they didn’t get any benefit going forward then a lot of the programs that they announced in the strategic plan would have to be revisited.”
Wednesday’s ruling by Justice Nye Perram regarding Racing NSW information being used by corporate bookmakers is one Atkinson says is based on simple common sense.
“Racing is under funded and I think that we all agree, even the bookmakers, that someone’s got to pay for that information,” he said.
“You can’t just grab information and then use it to make your living without paying some sort of fee, so something has got to be sorted out there.”