Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
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: Steve Hart
James McDonald has ended a tough week on a triumphant note

James McDonald has ended a tough week on a triumphant note, becoming the first jockey in more than a decade to ride a century of Sydney winners in successive seasons.

McDonald had to wait until the final event to land the milestone, riding a measured race to win aboard Godolphin three-year-old Kordia.

The last jockey to rack up 100 metropolitan winners in consecutive seasons was Hall of Famer Darren Beadman, who as assistant trainer for Godolphin, fittingly helped provide McDonald’s century.

McDonald also extended his premiership lead over Nash Rawiller to more than 20 and looks to have back-to-back championship titles in the bag despite an upcoming three-week suspension.

“It has been really good fun fighting it out with Nash, we were going toe-to-toe for a while,” McDonald said.

“I have been lucky enough with the support I have had the whole season, not just the last few months but the whole season.

“I have been rewarded with some really exciting wins.”

Beadman rode more than a century of winners five seasons in a row between 2002-2007 and said it was no easy feat.

He achieved it when he was at the peak of his powers in his mid-30s and had the backing of leading trainer John Hawkes.

He said McDonald’s effort to manage it in his 20s during one of the most competitive eras in Sydney racing reflected the young rider’s horsmanship and focus.

“You’ve got to stay in play, you’ve got to remain focused and you’ve got to be mentally strong to be able to do it,” Beadman said.

“You’ve got to live, eat and breathe racing and you’ve got to have good support behind you, which I did with ‘Hawkesy’ and a lot of other trainers as well.

“It’s a challenge if you want it.”

It was a happy end to a difficult week in which McDonald was issued a running and handling charge by stewards for showing a lack of vigour and purpose aboard beaten favourite Threeood at Randwick last Saturday.

He was suspended for three weeks with the penalty to begin on Sunday week.

McDonald has indicated he will appeal the ban.

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

Winterbottom Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Winterbottom Stakes. The Winterbottom Stakes was raced at Ascot racecourse on 28/11/2020....

Elite Street wins the G1 Winterbottom Stakes

Brad Rawiller has given the Daniel Morton trained Elite Street a ten out of ten ride to win the Group...

Horse Racing Big Collects, Bets and Moves – Saturday’s Races 28/11/2020

Australia’s leading bookmaker the TAB gives an overview of today’s betting markets from the feature races and race meetings from around the...

Alligator Blood’s trainer and owners part ways

Trainer David Vandyke will not be the trainer of star Queensland galloper Alligator Blood when the horse returns. David Vandyke...

Tokoriki Lad wins in unusual fashion

Punters watching the last race at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday did a quick double-take and then they still had...

Star Queenslander Rothfire recovering well

For Rothfire, the Group 1 Golden Rose, back on September 26, was meant to be the final stepping-stone towards participation...

Connections turn down huge money for exciting stayer

Connections of exciting stayer Ain’tnodeeldun have turned down big money from Hong Kong interests. Co-trainer Sam Freedman has confirmed offers...

Racing officials reviewing use of whip

A study commissioned by the RSPCA has put the issue of whip use back in the spotlight after it found...

Stud career looms for Cox Plate winner

A stud career for Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is nearing although trainer Ciaron Maher will look to add a...

Kingston Town Classic

The is a  race held at each year. The  event is held in December each year and is one of...

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.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.