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”

Racing: How Clearly Innocent breaks the heart bar in the Country Championship

Clearly Innocent, who won Saturday’s Country Championship Final, looked a good thing in the race. He was the clear up-and-comer, very well-weighted and boasted outstanding sectional times. During the week, his best price was $2.50.

But on Friday morning he was found to be ‘3 out of 10 lame’. Continue reading “Racing: How Clearly Innocent breaks the heart bar in the Country Championship”

Why the Spring Carnival and the Autumn Carnival should swap cities

Why we should move Easter

Everyone was disappointed at losing Saturday’s Doncaster meeting. The trouble is that autumn in Sydney is a rainy season. Of the past 78 years (records I’m using started in 1937), only 13 have had no rain in the week before Easter. The average is a soaking 34mls (the median is 10mls). Last week, Randwick had 43mls over the corresponding period. Continue reading “Why the Spring Carnival and the Autumn Carnival should swap cities”

My criticism of Tommy Berry hits close to home

Sorry, Gai. My wife was furious when she read my piece last week, before publication, on Tommy Berry’s poor ride on Mardi: “You can’t publicly knock my jockeys. You’ve got no right to put into print our private thoughts. Please ring the editor, now, and remove that part from your column.” The conversation wasn’t helped by our being in the company of a couple who were lawyers, with a lot of defamation experience. One said: “On reading it, Gai, it is fine, it is only defamatory of you and your training!” He didn’t help the situation. Continue reading “My criticism of Tommy Berry hits close to home”