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    Mexican standoff: a situation in which no one emerges a clear winner AS TOMORROW’S deadline approaches the likelihood of an industry being held at... Mexican standoff looming in SA dispute

    Mexican standoff: a situation in which no one emerges a clear winner

    AS TOMORROW’S deadline approaches the likelihood of an industry being held at ransom as a result of a ‘Mexican standoff’ is a worrying reality.

    After being served an ultimatum by the state’s governing body last week, committee members at the troubled South Australian Harness Racing Club have until 5pm tomorrow to vacate their positions.

    Frustrated by the club’s management in “recent times”, Harness Racing SA has declared it will cease all race meetings at the venue if the committee fails to resign.

    Should the committee refuse the demand, racing at the track will be “suspended indefinitely” as of April 9.

    As it stands, there is a meeting programmed at Globe Derby on Monday, but that card is at risk of being moved or cancelled.

    In July 2015 it was the club which issued HRSA with a list of demands via its lawyer threatening to block races from being conducted at the venue.

    Club official stated the main issue was the lack of funding to cover the race day expenses.

    In reaction to the legal document, HRSA elected to switch the Southern Cross program – the most important local event of the season – to Port Pirie just two days before its scheduled time.

    Ironically, the latest rift between the two parties includes HRSA’s “significant concerns regarding the formidable operating losses reported by the club over the past decade”.

    That loss also takes into account the additional funding HRSA agreed to supply which is “in excess of $400,000 per annum”.

    Club President Richard Miller said “the club will be putting out a statement tomorrow”, however, a source has revealed the club will “dig in its feet” by refusing to heed to HRSA’s demands.

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    Paul Courts

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