Vet’s correct call
To my memory, I can’t recall a horse rearing up, becoming cast and being allowed to start. Yes, a certain percentage of the time this happens a horse will be unfit to race. But it has become evident that a blanket ban has been enforced on all horses that become cast. This is unfair to the owners and indeed the punters. Once upon a time, once the horses were under starters orders they were starters. Continue reading “Rosehill 28 July 2018”
Two-kilo claimer Weatherly great for punters
Young hoop Sam Weatherley continued his purple patch of form, and indeed his constant as the “flavour of the month” with another good winner at Canterbury on Wednesday. Sam has finished in the money in 21 of his last 50 rides. A purple patch indeed. Continue reading “Canterbury 25 July 2018”
I wrote on Wednesday about the benefit of an in-form apprentice, and this sentiment again came to the fore on Saturday with Sam Weatherley riding two winners and three 2nds from five rides at Randwick. Sam’s 2kg claim in Sydney is very valuable, especially because he has outridden his NZ claim but many wins in NZ aren’t classified as “Metropolitan”. It is a win / win situation, as owners and trainers, and indeed the backers of the horses, are getting a rather experienced jockey, who has had his share of wins, and still gets a 2kg claim in town. After riding a long shot winner, and three good 2nds, Sam’s last mount Kaonic was well backed, and came from ‘well back’ to produce a stylish, well-judged win. Continue reading “Randwick 21 July 2018”
Almost fifty years ago, leading bookmaker Jack Shaw told me, a teenager that one of the best betting systems in racing was to find an in-form apprentice on an underrated country trainer’s horse. This still reigns true well almost two decades into the 21st century as was evident yesterday in race 6 at Warwick Farm. Rachel Hunt had finished out of the top five only three times in her last 12 metro rides leading into race 6 where she piloted a gelding named Coolotta trained by the much-underrated Graeme Murray. Coolotta saluted at $71 thus giving me a winning result for the sixth race in a row. Continue reading “Warwick Farm 18 July 2018”
Saturday’s Rosehill track played “fair”
The track-walkers thought it would be “down the outside”, especially late in the day; and the papers reported it was best “off the fence”. But I couldn’t be conclusive.
What I found interesting were the “last sectionals”. They were very fast. Continue reading “Rosehill 14 July 2018”
Good journalists know they have to be writing about what people are talking about in public bars and at the races.
This week it is the Four Corners racing exposé on Monday night. Continue reading “Warwick Farm 11 July 2018”
Michelle Payne is a great asset to racing and I like and admire her very much. I want her to be successful.
However, when you are publicly vocal on an issue (as she is), you must expect debate. Michelle had a lot to say about Sandown on Wednesday. She has publicly complained about Flemington and other tracks in the past.
May I gently point out; Michelle’s “walk” doesn’t match her “talk”? Continue reading “Randwick 7 July 2018”