Racing NSW stewards took the unprecedented step of delaying the start of the Rosehill races today due to a nationwide TAB computer glitch.
Tabcorp’s entire betting network crashed just after 11am and punters were unable to place any bets at TAB agencies, or via telephone and various online outlets.
Only the TAB operators on-course at Rosehill could accept bets.
Race meetings at other venues including Flemington and Wyong proceeded as scheduled despite the TAB computer problems.
“TAB officials are pouring all resources into rectifying the issue,’’ a TAB spokesman said.
“It is also affecting our keno and gaming options.’’
It is understood this is the first time the start of a Sydney Saturday meeting has been delayed due to a TAB computer glitch.
TAB wagering is the “lifeblood” of the racing industry and the computer issue could potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel said the first race at Rosehill could proceed at 1.20pm regardless of whether the TAB betting network was operational again.
The TAB being down has also impacted other bookmakers, with the likes of Sportsbet and Ladbrokes relying on TAB dividends for exotics and also bookies offering top tote were delaying payouts.
Jason Collett and Approach Discreet combine to take out first race at Rosehill after they resumed.Source:Getty Images
However corporate bookies looked to be the big winners, all reporting a spike in customer sign-ups.
Rosehill races feature the $1 million Golden Gift, while Saturday marks the end of the famous Flemington carnival with two Group Is, the VRC Spring Classic and the Mackinnon Stakes.
With Ben Dorries
Chief Steward Marc Van Gestel is interviewed after the TAB website crash.Source:Getty Images
Originally published asRaceday chaos: TAB crash brings races to standstill
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