I took the opportunity of fielding at Flemington Saturday. A great day’s racing and the opportunity of seeing the wonderful new members’ stand was too good an offer to refuse, despite it being a very cold spring Saturday. Continue reading “Flemington 15 September 2018”
Canterbury played well on Wednesday, despite the rail being out 8m.
Canterbury is about to close to become the quarantine centre and I suspect they are protecting the inner part of the track for the international horses. Continue reading “Canterbury Wednesday 12 September”
The track at Rosehill played well on Saturday.
The curator told Sky Radio in the morning that the track that it “just” ‘8 heavy’.
To my eye, the track played more like a heavy 10 plus, and the times back this up, which again is a touch disappointing considering that while it did rain during the week, the amount of mm’s that landed on Rosehill should not have put the track in the heavy 10 range. Another example of how tracks in Sydney in this era can’t cope with rain. Continue reading “Rosehill Saturday 8 September 2018”
I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting on the Kenso track on Wednesday. The ‘Kenso’ or Kensington track, is the inner track at Randwick. It has almost become a novel event to race there these days, whereas from 1996 to 2014, racing was common on the inner track. But over the last few years, the track has undergone a redevelopment and although we have only had two meetings back on the Kenso, I am very happy with the way the track is coming up. Continue reading “Kensington 5 September 2018”
It was a great day at Randwick with the track very well producing good times.
No doubt the times were help by a tail wind in the straight.
Perhaps late in the day, the rail became the place to be, but an even track with just the slightest advantage to the fastest horse who can find the fence in my book, is the perfect surface. Continue reading “Randwick 1 September 2018”
A great credit to the late Graeme Sampieri that his two eulogists were former VRC Chairman Rod Fitzroy and Bookmaking doyen Mark Read.
This is what Mark Read told the congregation:
“It is my privilege to speak of my close friend Graeme Sampieri’s bookmaking
career at this celebration of his extraordinary life.
Canterbury was a credit to the curator. It played so well. Notwithstanding there was a headwind in the straight, a couple of leaders won. I wondered if the fence was a shade worse, but, toward the end of day two won near the fence (Gauguin and Junglized). Well done! Continue reading “Canterbury 29 August 2018”