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  • McMahon suspended for positive meth test

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 5:42 pm

    Jockey Ric McMahon has been disqualified for six months after returning a positive test to methylamphetamine and amphetamine. McMahon was stood down from riding two weeks ago and then asked to front stewards after his `B’ sample also tested positive to the substance. He pleaded guilty under Australian Racing Rule […]

  • Weir gets closer to 300 with Pakenham win

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 5:27 pm

    Darren Weir has edged closer to the magical 300 mark with a winner at Pakenham. Weir is just two winners shy of the mark after Biatreasure landed the prize in the final event at Tuesday’s nine race program. Australia’s leading trainer last season with 253 winners, Weir has three meetings […]

  • Cobalt show cause hearings open to media

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 4:57 pm

    The show cause hearings involving the five trainers caught up in Victoria’s long-running cobalt saga will be open to the media. Trainers Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh and the training partnership of Lee and Shannon Hope front Racing Victoria stewards on Wednesday. They have been asked to show cause […]

  • Use of whips in races further reduced

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 4:51 pm

    Further restrictions on whip use are to be introduced, limiting the number of times it can be used before the final 100 metres of a race. Since 2009, jockeys have been allowed to use the whip in a forehand action five times with no restriction on backhand use. But from […]

  • Tawteen to resume but in which Valley race

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 4:03 pm

    A study of weights and form will determine which race smart sprinter Tawteen resumes in at Moonee Valley. The Lindsay Park operation of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig has the mare entered for an Open Handicap (1000m) and a Benchmark 90 (1200m) on Saturday. Tawteen has been allocated 54kg in […]

  • Changes To Whip Rules announced

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 3:54 pm

    Racing Australia will amend the rules governing the use of the whip as from 1 December, 2015. The Board, composed of Chairs of Australia‚Äôs Principal Racing Authorities, has considered the issues for a lengthy period. It has consulted with various stakeholders including the Australian Jockeys Association which made written and […]

  • Bonus attracts Skyline Blush to Canterbury

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 1:45 pm

    Renowned for his willingness to test a horse in superior grade, Anthony Cummings has taken a different approach with last start Saturday-grade winner Skyline Blush. Instead of raising the bar, Cummings has lowered it and the filly will drop back to midweek company in the final metropolitan meeting of the […]

  • Training partnership goes separate ways

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 1:27 pm

    Bruce Elkington is stepping away from his training partnership with Jamie Edwards at the start of the new racing season on Friday. Edwards and Elkington were the first trainers granted a partnership in 2007 that were non-family members in Victoria. Elkington said his decision to step away from the partnership […]

  • Key overseas races looming to shape spring

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 1:24 pm

    Overseas racing in the next month will have a big bearing on international contenders at this year’s Melbourne spring carnival. With the exception of Red Cadeaux, who is in line for a fifth shot at the Melbourne Cup after finishing second on three occasions, new names will be in contention. […]

  • Pivot could turn into carnival contender

    Australian Horse Racing News July 28, 2015 12:54 pm

    Two years after setting up a Randwick stable, John Sargent has the quantity and depth to make a significant impact on the spring carnival races. The New Zealander has already made his presence felt in some of Australia’s biggest races winning the 2013 VRC Oaks with Kirramosa and this year’s […]