Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Ben Melham is the new rider for South Australian-trained galloper Dalasan

Ben Melham is the new rider for South Australian-trained galloper Dalasan when the three-year-old continues his autumn campaign.

Melham replaces Craig Williams on the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained colt following a first-up third as a short-priced favourite behind Super Seth in the Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last Saturday.

Macdonald said Williams was not sacked from Dalasan having only been booked for the one run at Caulfield.

Williams has not gelled with Dalasan, a winner of five of his nine starts, having ridden the colt twice, the first time finishing second in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington last March.

Apprentice Raquel Clark has ridden Dalasan to four of those victories with Hugh Bowman partnering the colt in the Caulfield Guineas, when fifth to Super Seth, before his win in the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington last spring.

Macdonald was critical of Williams’ ride last Saturday where Dalasan was allowed to give too big a start before producing the quickest final 600m of the race.

“I like Ben’s style and he was persistent in trying to get on the horse in the spring when he knew Raquel wasn’t riding him,” Macdonald said.

“There was a day when he rang me and spoke for half an hour about him.

“As far as Ben has gone about his business he has not gone out and back-stabbed anybody, so we’ll see how it works out, but he’s got a pretty hard assignment at his next run to beat Alligator Blood.”

The CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on February 15 is set to attract a strong field of three-year-olds including New Zealand’s Catalyst in the lead up to the Australian Guineas (1600m) two weeks later.

Macdonald said Clark was recovering slowly from a head injury suffered in a fall post-race at Morphettville in November.

“She was back last week and still suffers from a few headaches,” Macdonald said.

“I’m sure she has improved since I last saw her which was a month ago, but she’s still got a way to go.

“Hopefully a Group One by Dalasan will help her.”

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Queensland jockey banned for 4 years on drug charges

North Queensland jockey Mark Elliott has been disqualified for four years after his sixth positive random test to cannabis in...

22/2/2020 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Caulfield, Blue Diamond Stakes day

One of the better racedays throughout the year at Caulfield is Blue Diamond Day and the 2020 rolls around this...

Victorian trainer hit with horse welfare charges

Victorian trainer Mark Sues has been charged with failing to provide proper and sufficient nutrition and appropriate veterinary treatment to...

Horse scratched because the owner thought it was dead

We have lost the big million dollar races at Warwick Farm this afternoon, but we have NOT lost high stakes...

Trainer charged over Melbourne Cup day stomach-tubing

Victorian trainer Richard Laming and two stablehands have been charged for stomach-tubing a horse on race day. Racing Victoria stewards...

Melbourne Cup winning trainer’s torture case moved

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir and others accused of torturing horses and corrupt betting have won a bid to move...

Bill Vlahos and his multi-million dollar lie

Bill Vlahos built an elaborate betting system for horse racing and it was a multi-million dollar lie. The Melbourne racing...

The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes retired

Star colt Yes Yes Yes has been retired with a tendon injury ending his career. The winner of the $14...

Talented sprinter suffers fatal fall at Randwick

Talented sprinter from the Gary Portelli yard Ronstar has sadly suffered a fatal fall at Randwick. Ronstar clipped heels near...

Danny Nikolic denied Queensland jockey’s licence

Controversial former jockey Danny Nikolic has lost his bid for a riding licence in Queensland. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.