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  • The Everest: Did Kerrin McEvoy make the right decision?

    The biggest question in Australian racing right now is: has Kerrin McEvoy pulled the right rein? He was faced last night with the hardest decision in our sport: stick with Redzel in the $14 million The Everest or switch to boom sprinter, the big grey Classique Legend. And he no… Read More »

  • Watch: Is this horse The Everest winner?

    You will be hard pressed to fins a better trial than that of Classique Legend this morning who is headed towards The Everest next month. Classique Legend sat just off the speed in Trial 1 at Randwick this morning before rounding up the field to put pay to them easily… Read More »

  • 12YO out to win his own race

    If you can, cast your mind back to 29 March, 2014. On that day, at Rosehill racecourse, the Irish visitor GORDON LORD BYRON, with Craig Williams aboard, came home like a train from 10th on the bend to narrowly win the then $1million G1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m. The… Read More »

  • Jockeys first win knocks race callers socks off

    It’s always a big thing when a rider lands their first winner. But the other day, race caller Anthony Manton nearly fell out of his calling booth when 4kg apprentice Amy McLucas brought ATOMIC BLAST home to victory at Moruya in NSW. In commentary, he said, “And look at this,… Read More »

  • Watch: Horse bites winning jockey

    There were some bizarre scenes in France overnight with a winning jockey being bitten mid-race by a rival horse. In an effort to win the Joubert Listed Stakes at Maisons-Laffitte, race favourite Palomba channeled her inner Mike Tyson and bit rival jockey Francois-Xavier Bertras. Bertras was unscathed after being bitten and… Read More »

  • G1 winning jockey cops massive suspension for ride

    Sam Clipperton will appeal a one-month suspension which will keep him out of major races over the Sydney spring carnival. The jockey has been outed for his handling of Irish Songs in a race at Randwick on August 17. Racing NSW stewards issued the stiff penalty on Wednesday after finding… Read More »

  • Watch: Is this the win of the year?

    Punters in the UK would have been forgiven had they torn up their tickets on this 2YO maiden midway through the running of a 1200m sprint at Hamilton overnight. Dutch Decoy jumped $6.50 odds at the Scottish track but midway through the running he looked more like a $501 shot…. Read More »

  • Did stewards get jockeys charges wrong?

    I’m not a stewards’ basher. I think they do an excellent job in Australian racing but I think, like the bunker in Rugby League every now and then, they get it wrong. And here’s one where they’ve erred, I believe. Next Wednesday, leading Sydney jockey Sam Clipperton will face them… Read More »

  • G3 runner a joke or well placed?

    There has been a bit of social media, particularly twitter and bloggers, reaction to the Rosehill races on Saturday. One race in particular. It’s the Gr 3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m and worth $160,000. It’s for 3YOs. That is the only restriction on the race. You need to be… Read More »

  • Owner donates $1million to Tye Angland’s family

    This is the most extraordinary story you will read today. We all saw those graphic, heart-warming pics of Trapeze Artist at Widden Stud last week when he was reintroduced to his former rider, the injured jockey Tye Angland. The horse bent down, sniffed him in his wheelchair and raised his… Read More »

  • Home of horse racing set to tighten whip rules

    Three weeks back I reported that The Jockey Club in America had received recommendations to ban the use of the whip in the home straight. The Jockey Club sent this to all stake holders and some tracks will introduce reduced whipping. Woodbine starts very soon. But….like is often the case,… Read More »

  • Social media blows up over photo finish decision

    The controversy at Randwick has continued following an upheld protest in the Up And Coming Stakes a photo finish in the Show County Quality has sent social media into meltdown. Race favourites Deprive and Trope went to the line together which prompted stewards to go to a photo decision which… Read More »

  • Glen Boss blows up over protest decision

    A protest which was upheld in the Up And Coming Stakes has caused a stir in the stewards room and on social media. Superium was first past the post in the Group Three Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick but was relegated to second after a protest from James McDonald… Read More »

  • Roaring Lion dies after battling colic

    Champion Roaring Lion has died at New Zealand’s Cambridge Stud after suffering complications from two bouts of colic. Roaring Lion had been making progress but the colic returned and he had to be euthanised on Friday night. The English horse was scheduled to stand at Cambridge after serving his first… Read More »

  • Jockey Nick Heywood outed for 10 months

    Riverina jockey Nick Heywood has been suspended for 10 months after testing positive to a banned substance. Racing NSW stewards penalised Heywood after he pleaded guilty to returning the positive sample after riding at the Wagga Wagga races on July 8. While Heywood’s licence was suspended in full for 10… Read More »

  • G1 winner Toy Show 44 years on turns up in Canada

    Let me ask you this – which horse, when you were first introduced to thoroughbred horse racing, got you hooked, or at the very least, massively interested in this great sport? Was it perhaps Secretariat after his Belmont Stakes win of unrivalled proportions; or did it occur in England watching… Read More »

  • TAB records their biggest ever winning price

    One lucky punter has kicked off their Wednesday with an incredible win from a 50c bet on the Mohawk trots. The punter placed the 50c minimum bet on the winner, Goddess De Vie, which paid a remarkable $1,255,10 on the NSW TAB. The total win pool for the race on… Read More »

  • Wrong result called in UK photo-finish

    Racing officials at Kempton will have some explaining to do after another photo-finish blunder on Tuesday. Winner of the race, Albadr, had initially been placed in second behind favourite Loving Glance before the provisional result was overturned. Last year Kempton officials came under fire for making a similar error after… Read More »

  • Studs unhappy with Champion First Season Sire criteria

    Social media has been hot in regards to the latest Australian First season Sire Champion. It traditionally is awarded to the stallion whose progeny earns the most money that first year. But this year, some farms with their own agenda are driving the cry for other criteria to be recognised… Read More »

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