Rosehill 28 July 2018

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”

Randwick 21 July 2018

Apprentices

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”

Warwick Farm 18 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”

Randwick 7 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”