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: Bruno Cannatelli
James McDonald has ridden his 100th Sydney metropolitan winner for the season

James McDonald has ridden his 100th Sydney metropolitan winner for the season on the anniversary of his comeback to the saddle after a ban for betting.

Capping an almost seamless return since rebooting his career at the corresponding Warwick Farm meeting last year, McDonald brought up his milestone on the John Thompson-trained Primitivo.

In reaching his century, McDonald became the first jockey since Darren Beadman in 2006-07 to ride 100 Sydney winners in a season.

Beadman rode a record 164 winners that season, his last in Sydney before leaving for Hong Kong.

McDonald was disqualified for 18 months over a betting scandal when he was a retained rider for the Godolphin operation.

He pleaded guilty to having a $1000 bet, placed by a third party, on Astern when the Godolphin colt made a winning debut in December 2015.

The New Zealand jockey fronted an inquiry 12 months later before being slapped with the lengthy ban.

Primitivo won narrowly with McDonald praising his mount’s courage.

“I would have rather have brought my one hundred with a bit more of a margin but, anyway, a win’s a win so it’s a good result,” McDonald said.

“It’s been a wonderful year, a very fast year.”

McDonald has ridden six Group One winners this season, putting him second to Hugh Bowman for elite-level victories.

As Bowman takes a break from racing, McDonald is assured of winning the Sydney jockeys’ premiership for the third time.

Kerrin McEvoy is third on the national Group One list and he also figured among the Warwick Farm winners.

McEvoy rode California Longbow to beat older horses over 2200m with the three-year-old firming as a chance to contest next month’s Queensland Derby.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden reckons the Derby is worth considering and he would have been pleased with McEvoy’s analysis of the win.

“I knew by the way he was travelling he was going to finish well,” McEvoy said.

“He was ready to go as soon as I asked him.

“I was confident over the last furlong (200m) and he was strongest on the line and that opens up options for him going forward.”

 
*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...

Watch 📺 Did this 4YO give us the Golden Slipper winner?

Go on, ask yourself the question. “What just happened?” “Did that thing just show us that the upcoming Gr 1...

Top Queensland trainer blacklists Eagle Farm

David Vandyke has become the first trainer to officially pull the plug on the Eagle Farm track announcing that he...

Racing punter turns $4 multi bet into $24,000

One TAB punter has enjoyed the Australia Day racing at Caulfield after collecting over $24,000 from a $4 multi. The...

Watch 📺 Breathtaking debut by potential star ⭐️

Some people knew he had enormous talent but when he drew gate 15 for his first ever assignment, a few...

Isotope cleared for a Sydney autumn cameo

Extensive tests have cleared Isotope from any serious injury arising from her Magic Millions Guineas scare. Isotope clipped the heels...

Star 3YO suffers a career-threatening leg injury

Promising three-year-old Glenfiddich is out of the autumn carnival after suffering a career-threatening leg injury. Trainer Peter Moody confirmed the...

Corey Brown fighting for spinal surgery

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown is waiting on a court hearing before he can hopefully be cleared to have...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

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

 
 
Copyright © 2021 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.