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MINING MORATORIUM
SAVE OUR LAND
The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association is calling for an immediate moratorium on all Coal Seam Gas production and mining development in prime horse breeding and agricultural areas.
Some of the most important farming areas in the State, the Darling Downs and Scenic Rim, are under threat from mining leases and any exploration must immediately cease.
“Further independent investigations must be held into the affects CSG production and mining has on farming land,” said TBQA President, Basil Nolan.
“Our land is too valuable to destroy, once it’s gone it will take years to adequately rehabilitate – if it’s not lost forever.”
Some of the main concerns about mining encroachment on horse properties include the risk to underground water supplies due to chemical and saline contamination and the depletion of bore water.
“Mining may be financially lucrative to the State but so is farming and the thoroughbred industry, they provide hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars directly and indirectly,” said Mr Nolan.
Mr Nolan is concerned that if we allow mining to destroy farming areas will be limiting ourselves to only one industry.
He believes mining should be limited to unpopulated areas in the west and central Queensland and not encroach on our thriving agricultural areas.
“The NSW Government realised thier error when mining development threatened Hunter Valley Studs and they immediately stopped the progress.
“Let’s hope the Queensland Government also realises the dangers before it’s too late,” said Mr Nolan.
STEEL ZIPS HOME
Canadian Silver 4yo Steel Zip (pictured) returned to form yesterday, winning the Listed $100,000 Chemist Warehouse Cup on the Sunshine Coast.
Steel Zip made up for his unlucky last start fourth behind fellow Lyndhurst Stud graduate, Spirit of Boom (Sequalo) in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup.
Jockey, Brad Stewart, gave the grey gelding a prefect run in transit, just off the speed from the inside gate and on straightening dashed through on the inside of pacemaker Startsmeup to hold on for a game win over the favourite Ready To Rip.
Steel Zip, trained by Pat Duff, recorded his fourth win from 19 starts with prizemoney amassing $300,000.
OTHER WINNERS
Queensland bred runners continue to bring home the dollars, with another good weeken at Doomben including:

Race 4: Sky International Hcp 1640m – Lucky Luna (Springsteen)
Race 6: Drumbeats@Lyndhurst 1350m – The Ringmaster (Clang)
Race 7: Racing Retro Hcp 1110m – Leealan (Sequalo)
And Bradbury’s Luck’s Singaporean star, Cash Luck (pictured) is heading to Dubai
He has been nominated by trainer Michael Freedman for the $US2million G1 UAE Derby (1900m) to be run at Meydan in Dubai on March 31.
The gelding has now won 5 and placed twice from his 11 start career, amassing prizemoney over $240,000.
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
Central Queensland’s leading stallion, Changeintheweather, is impressing racing enthusiasts in the United States.
He had four winners in just one week, and a fifth runner saluted ten days earlier.
Changeintheweather progeny dominated USA racing on January 28th, with two winners at Penn National:
Red Bandit (2008 c) won by seven lengths over 1700m and
Changing Vista (2006 m)by a neck over 1200m, taking her prizemoney to $114,947.
While Run for Shelter(2005 m) has now collected $155,619 for connections after winning over 1700m at Laurel Park, also on January 28th.
Two days earlier, Ironhead(2009 c) broke his maiden at Penn National by an easy five lengths over 1200m, setting the pace and running two wide to draw away for the win.
On January 17th Doomer (2005 g.) took his earnings to $151,296 with a record of 9 wins, 7 seconds and 8 thirds from 43 starts.
Changeintheweather’s first Australian crop hit the ground in 2011 at Merlo Downs Stud at Alton Downs, near Rockhampton.
ARE YOU ON THE PPSR?
The Personal Properties Security Register commenced last week (January 30).
The national online register deals with the securitisation of personal property interests, including horses, and radically changes the notion of legal title over property.
It is extremely important that businesses and individuals not only implement procedures to deal with the PPSR but also ensure that they train their own administration staff to recognise and register security interests over personal property.
Inaction will place your assets at risk.
You can find out more details on the PPSA Register on www.ppsr.gov.a
 email enquiries to enquiries@ppsr.gov.au or phone 1300 007 777.
A two year transition period is relevant so that the Act and register takes full effect in 2014.