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”

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”

Controversial Australian Cup protest could be costly for Awesome Rock’s connections

Nothing arouses punters’ feelings more than a controversial protest. Racing people still discuss with great vigour the Nausori-Big Philou Caulfield Cup protest (some wags say Roy Higgins should have been given an Academy Award) and the Stylish Century-Dulcify AJC Derby objection. Continue reading “Controversial Australian Cup protest could be costly for Awesome Rock’s connections”