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  • Jockey gets last laugh after social media attack

    After race 7 at Lismore finished on Friday, a bloke got onto twitter and just attacked the rider. Firing words like, “worst ride ever’, and ‘you prick’ followed by ‘no wonder the horse nearly had a heart attack, jockey Andrew Mallon who recently rode his 1000th winner, was shocked. “I… Read More »

  • Barrier trial scare for Golden Slipper winner

    You just have to watch how mature and tough Champion 2YO STAY INSIDE (Extreme Choice – Nothing Leica Storm) is, oh and how good a horseman Tommy Berry is also. They very nearly fell over at the colt’s first trial since winning the Gr 1 Golden Slipper a few months… Read More »

  • Star mare breaks online sale record

    The family of Gr 1 winner FUNSTAR (Adelaide – Starspangled) is one of the very best female lines ever to race in Australia. And last night, Japan’s leading breeder, Katsumi Yoshida purchased her. He forked out $2.7million for the beautiful mare who was not in foal. The price paid is… Read More »

  • Expensive buy beaten 13 lengths at Tamworth

    We like to read about the bargain-buys who win big. They are few and far between but are out there and are very well received when they show up. Multiple Gr 1 winner BOHEMETH comes to mind, who cost a pittance as a young horse, yet has won $2,525,900 in… Read More »

  • Apprentice jockey donates fees to a good cause

    We don’t get to write many stories about riders from South Australia. Certainly not apprentice jockeys as most of the time the eastern seaboard hoops dominate the headlines. But, this story needs to be told. Sunday at Port Augusta races, the big race was the Port Augusta Cup over 2300m… Read More »

  • BHA stirs up some controversy with video on whip use

    There may be questions asked of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) following the release overnight of a video ‘explaining’ whip use. As the sport globally comes under more and more scrutiny as the howls to ban the sport altogether grow, the BHA’s video does not do justice what-so-ever. You can… Read More »

  • Star G1 winning mare on the market

    Do you want a Gr 1 winning mare who almost certainly will return your investment, probably three-fold over the next few years? Well, there is one on the market… so get in quick. It’s the Chris Waller-trained FUNSTAR (Adelaide – Starspangled), who at just 4 years of age looks a… Read More »

  • Watch 📺 Colt tries to mount another colt prior to race

    Here’s another from the ‘you-don’t-see-that-on-a-racecourse-everyday file. In Japan overnight, a colt while looking over his rivals prior to the start of a race, saw that a fellow colt in the field was perhaps the handsomest thing he’d ever laid eyes upon. So, he wanted to… you know, have his way… Read More »

  • Three non-winning jockeys clash in same race

    For the ’not seen before’ file, three riders who have never won a race face off at Moruya this afternoon – against each other. It is race 3, on at 1:10pm. They are Nick Hyde, who rides BELLEGANO (Rogano – Betty’s Belle) , Sally Faulks who pilots HALLIDAY ROAD (Congrats… Read More »

  • Watch 📺 Is this the biggest moral beat of the year?

    The horse KING OF HEARTS (Sebring – Eloping) started at $26 so many people weren’t on it, but those who were were left scratching their heads. Probably even swearing. The big flashy chestnut gelding was beaten into 3rd spot at Canterbury, less than a length by the winner ELECTRIC (Kermadec… Read More »

  • Watch 📺 Royal Ascot winner to target 2021 Melbourne Cup

    Superstar trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed after his exciting young stayer KEMARI (Dubawi) – who was bred by Luca Cumani -may well come to Melbourne this year for the Melbourne Cup. And after he won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last night showing a stunning turn of foot late in… Read More »

  • Brenton Avdulla has a frustrating day at Randwick

    While everyone was rightfully so applauding the astonishing riding efforts of boom apprentice Reece Jones after he landed 4 winners at Randwick, no-one stopped to think how Brenton Avdulla was feeling. He would have been sick to the stomach given what the universe served up to him. Avdulla, riding at… Read More »

  • Gelding a costly decision for G1 winners connections

    Adrian Bott was sheepish while being very, very happy when the 2YO CONVERGE stormed home to be a runaway winner of the Gr 1 JJ Atkins over 1600m. The race was worth $1million. The winner received $600,000 taking his prize money to $961,000. Everyone was happy, even punters who backed… Read More »

  • Watch 📺 Horse looms to win before throwing jockey

    Those advocates all over the world who want the use of whips to be banned in the home straight, may just have been given a leg up last night at Canterbury Park. That’s Canterbury Park in the U.S. not in Sydney. This Canterbury is in Minnesota, a northern state of… Read More »

  • Albury Racing Club opens the door for industry change

    Should the Albury Racing Club be applauded or demonised for implementing a new, controversial and potentially paradigm shifting policy? They have allowed track work to take place in the afternoons. And, on face value, it looks like a fantastic idea and if approved full-time, will definitely entice more participants to… Read More »

  • Volcanic Rock races into the G1 JJ Atkins Stakes

    Did this Eagle Farm 2YO race over 1500m, traditionally a good lead-up to next week’s Gr 1 JJ Atkins, prove to be again this year? The quick back-up certainly helps the runners so possibly is the answer. This year, it was the drifting favourite VOLCANIC ROCK (Hinchinbrook – Heat Of… Read More »

  • Punters to load up on Tommy Berry’s only ride at Wyong

    Aghh, a chilly and overcast Thursday in Sydney today, and leading Sydney rider Tommy Berry thought best to have a rest day. He could have had a full book of rides at Wyong. But, after wanting a down day, he chose not too….after trainer John O’Shea called. O’Shea saddles the… Read More »

  • All About Eve luckless at Caulfield

    “All About Eve is flying late but just missed, she was very unlucky,” said Matty Hill in the call and that was a gross understatement. MAGIC MAX (Magnus – Vain Sonata) was having his 3rd race start and did best in a driving finish to just hang on from ALL… Read More »

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