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”
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
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”
So why, with the speed of light being 300,000,000 million metres per second, is the Sky Channel simulcast close to five seconds behind the real life experience. Nothing can go faster than the speed of light; I understand that. That is a physical law. But gravitational waves, and electricity should go at almost the speed of light right? Continue reading “Warwick Farm 16 May 2018”
Racing in Australia will be very different in 2050 than it is now.
It is my fear that racing-2050 will be far inferior to robust industry what we currently know and love. I actually think the changes will come in a much shorter time frame, sadly.
My Cassandra-type view is in sharp with contrast with accepted wisdom. Continue reading “Racing in Australia – 2050”
Saturday’s Everest is a great credit to NSWR CEO Peter V’Landys. Only he could have brought this concept to fruition. NSW Racing is the richer for it. Well done, Peter! Continue reading “The Everest – Group Zero!”
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”