Observations 26 May 2018

I feel very sorry for the Doomben course manager Jim Roberts in regards to the goings-on in Queensland on Saturday.

Three months ago at a meeting at Bundamba, favourites dominated, and provided a great day for the punters. However all the vocal non-winning trainers complained that the track was too firm.

With the advent of more money for race clubs, a lot of administrators have become irrigation specialists. Continue reading “Observations 26 May 2018”

Canterbury 23 May 2018

When I started bookmaking, the betting fluctuations were printed in the following day’s paper.

The newspaper flucs invariably had the best price always being around 100% and often less than 100%. The bookies eventually made a product out of the top fluc, and still, like it had been for the previous 150 years in the betting ring, the best price was always around 100%. Two years ago, the corporates took over the fluctuations and changed its rules – now it has to have on 6 of 9 corporates for at least 30 seconds, resulting in short odds Continue reading “Canterbury 23 May 2018”

Rosehill 19 May 2018

Rosehill 19 May 2018

When I was growing up, in our handicap races, the average handicap limit was once around 47kg. Now you rarely see horses in handicap races with under 54kg. In 1969, Rain Lover won the Melbourne Cup with 60.5kg (adjusted for the metric era). He was the top weight and deserved the weight. However the bottom weight in this particular edition of the Melbourne Cup was a horse named Wyscan who carried just 44kg. Continue reading “Rosehill 19 May 2018”

The Championships 2016: Chris Waller’s domination is phenomenal


The expression “Wall of Waller” was on everyone’s lips last Saturday. Trainer Chris Waller’s domination marches on. On Saturday, he had the trifecta in the group 1 BMW with Preferment, Who Shot The Barman and Grand Marshal. So far this season he has won a personal best of 14 group 1s and there are more to come before the July 31 close. This Saturday, on the first day of the Championships, he will saddle up short-priced favourite Winx in the Donny with the luxury weight of 56½kg and plenty of others. Continue reading “The Championships 2016: Chris Waller’s domination is phenomenal”