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Royal outing for Atlantic Jewel's son

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Champion Australian race mare Atlantic Jewel is on the verge of producing a Royal Ascot winner which could pave the way for her to join a past stablemate in becoming the dam of an English Derby winner.

Atlantic Jewel, the four-time Group 1 winner who won 10 of 11 starts for Mark Kavanagh, is the dam of Russian Emperor, a leading contender in Wednesday's £60,000 (A$110,000) Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes (2004m) for three-year-olds.

Russian Emperor is trained by Aidan O'Brien and raced by a Coolmore syndicate which includes former Australian Turf Club chairman Laurie Macri.

BetEasy have Russian Emperor as $4 equal second favourite to win Hampton Court with Ryan Moore booked to ride. First Receiver, owned by Her Majesty, is the $3.20 favourite.

Russian Emperor has raced three times for one win and two placing, starting this year by winning a 1600-metre three-year-old maiden at Naas on rain-affected ground on March 23, within days of Irish racing being suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"He's a Group horse and if he gets a mile-and-a-half (2400 metres) he's top notch," said jockey Seamie Heffernan after Russian Emperor's maiden win.

The Galileo colt then finished runner-up to stablemate Cormorant in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2000m) at Leopardstown on June 9. Cormorant dictated when leading in the five-horse race with Russian Emperor getting within a half-length at the finish.

Changes to the British racing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic means this year's Hampton Court will serve as a lead-up race to the Derby and Oaks at Epsom on Saturday, July 4.

Russian Emperor is as low as $16 to win the Derby, and should he win, will become the second successive Aidan O'Brien-trained Derby winner by Galileo out of a Group-winning mare that raced in Australia for Kavanagh.

Last year's Derby winner was Anthony Van Dyck, out of Exceed and Excel mare Believe'N'Succeed who won two of eight starts for Kavanagh, notably the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies' Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield in February 2008.

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And a little bit away from Royal Ascot:
Runaway racehorses go viral

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Astonishing vision of a runaway racehorse being chased by a police car with sirens blazing down a major roadway has gone viral on social media.

A pair of horses trained near Perth escaped their training facility after being spooked earlier this week in an early morning incident that turned into a grand adventure.

Trained by former Geelong Cats’ captain Mark Bairstow at Port Kennedy, the pair were luckily rescued unharmed after separating but both ending up a long way from home.

According to 9News Perth the horse in vision remarkably ended up being found at a medical centre eight kilometres away from the training facility.

The other horse was captured by police and rangers near a shopping centre three kilometres from home.


https://www.racing.com/news/2020-06-19/news-runaway-racehorses-go-viral


Didn't realise that Mark Bairstow was still training. If I remember rightly he started training horses while playing for Geelong. I think he is 57 now.
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Jericho Cup plans for Kiwi winner

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Six-year-old gelding Magnanimous Man showed his staying prowess when taking out the Dunstan 100% NZ Owned (2100m) for new trainers Craig and Shaun Phelan at Pukekohe on Saturday.

The Pukekohe meeting was the first New Zealand thoroughbred fixture since being suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Magnanimous Man was among the more impressive winners.

Previously the winner of three races for Shaune Ritchie, Magnanimous Man joined the Phelan stable with a view to enhancing his jumping career and potentially heading across the Tasman.

The son of Nom du Jeu was assisted by Elen Nicholas’ four kilo claim as he ran down Arite Guru and Sweet Treat on a Heavy (11) surface.

“Shaune Ritchie and the GG Syndicate leased him to me,” Shaun Phelan said.

“I organised for another of Shaune’s stayers Bee Tee Junior to go to a friend of mine, Rachael Cunningham, in Australia.

“We thought Magnanimous Man hadn’t done enough at this stage to warrant sending him over to Australia, so I have taken him this season to see what I can do with him as a jumper.

“He had already had a couple of runs for Shaune over the jumps and Colm Murray (Ritchie’s Assistant Trainer and soon to be training partner) had given him some schooling.”

Phelan, who is also a leading jumps rider, said Magnanimous Man got conditions to suit and he had some insight into the horse’s quirks prior to inheriting him, having ridden him to victory at Te Aroha for his previous trainer.

“It has just been a matter of ticking him over and he is a bit of a thinker,” Phelan said.

“He doesn’t really put in as much as what he should, so we have tried a couple of different things and the sort of racing at present is probably perfect for a horse like that.

“I have won a highweight on him and I know that sitting three-wide might not look ideal, but a horse like him is probably better off out there maintaining his momentum and the four kilos off really helped.

“It might not have looked the prettiest ride but it was ideal for a horse like that.”

Phelan said he was keen to run Magnanimous Man again in the current season on the flat and would look for a similar race at Pukekohe.

“We will probably find another race like that and while the tracks are wet, he handles them, and he has pulled up well.

“If he keeps stepping up, he could be a horse for Australia next season. He is obviously a natural stayer and he is bred to stay.”

The A$300,000 Jericho Cup (4600m) in late November at Warrnambool could potentially be a long-range target for Magnanimous Man.

“I would love to take a few over to Australia,” Phelan said. “Obviously there are restrictions at the moment with everything that is going on, but that was our plan.

“Even if we can’t get over there before the end of the season, we would like to get over there for the Jericho Cup.

“He is a staying type and there are not many horses that can win at 2100m fresh-up.”

The Phelan stable also sent out another new recruit in Van Blanc in the last race and the son of Rip Van Winkle ran well for second over a mile. “He has come to us as a possible jumper,” Phelan said.

“Ben Foote arranged for the owners to give him to us to train and he is pretty forward. He has done a bit of schooling and got half his jumping ticket and he will have a hurdle start this year as well probably.”

The performance of the stable runners will have provided Shaun Phelan with the perfect tonic, with the talented horseman set to be sidelined from riding in the short-term after an accident during the week.

“I broke my wrist during the week, so that means at least six weeks off,” he said.

“I was schooling one before the jumping trials on Thursday and it was just bad luck.”

Phelan said he was unlikely to be out of action long and he had plenty of incentive to get back in the saddle as soon as possible.

“I have got to ride Magnanimous Man at his first hurdle start,” he said.

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Was surprised they bet $11 Front Page at Flemington today.

A star in his home district of Albury. Has now won 4 out of 6 and will win better races.

How he got beat at Corowa at his second start by a nose at 4/6 is one of racing’s great mysteries.

Big Saint on a bike would have beaten most of the horses racing at Corowa that day.

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That's a great wrap for my cycling skills. I was pretty good on the bike on the wall around the city of Xian last Christmas even though I hadn't been on a bike for 40 years. :D

Been to the races a few times at Corowa with different horses & was unsuccessful in a couple of Corowa Cup attempts. Solitaire Player did bring home the biscuits from there about 30 years ago.
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Vale Graham Salisbury

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Graham Salisbury, known for his work with Melbourne Cup winner and industry ambassador Subzero, has died aged 76 after a long battle with cancer.

Racing Victoria issued a statement on Saturday night acknowledging the passing of their long-time employee and industry ambassador.

Salisbury passed away in Bendigo Hospital. He leaves behind his wife Anita, children Nicole and Anthony, and his best mate, 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.

“This is an incredibly sad day for the Victorian racing industry as we farewell one of our greatest and much loved servants," said Racing Victoria's Chief Executive Giles Thompson in a statement.

“Graham’s dedication to the sport was incredible and Victorian racing will be forever indebted to him for his service and his great love of the horse.

“He was one of our longest serving employees spending more than 40 years in the saddle as a clerk of the course, in the process earning an army of friends within our industry.

“He will be best remembered though for his work alongside his great mate Subzero, together bringing joy to the masses as they toured the community promoting our sport and the thoroughbred.

“From school children to the elderly, those battling ill health to Hollywood A-listers, racing devotees to everyday Australians, Graham and Subzero touched so many hearts.

“There will be many a tear shed as people remember Graham and the bond he shared with one of our most famous racehorses, ‘Subbie’, the Melbourne Cup winner who soared to even greater heights off the track thanks to the incredible love and dedication of Graham.

“To Anita and the Salisbury family, the Victorian racing industry offers its sincerest condolences upon the passing of a great racing man. Graham may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.”

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Hello Youmzain wins Diamond Jubilee

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Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan and Jo Lindsay had cause for celebration in the middle of the night in New Zealand when Hello Youmzain claimed the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Hello Youmzain ($5) was racing for Cambridge Stud for the first time in the Diamond Jubilee and marked the occasion by winning his second Group 1 race – his other elite level success came in the 2019 Haydock Sprint Cup (1207m).

Hello Youzain survived a late challenge from last year's Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Dream of Dreams ($9) to provide his jockey Kevin Stott with his first Group 1 and Royal Ascot winner.

Speaking from Cambridge Stud in New Zealand shortly after 2:30am local time, owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay said: “This is the most amazing thing ever for us. We were so nervous, and we have been out for dinner tonight with some friends, and they are back home watching the race back home."

“I think it feels like half of New Zealand is up watching the race tonight the amount of phone calls and messages we have had! I don’t know if any New Zealander has won a Group One at Royal Ascot before, it is just amazing.

“Thanks to Hubie de Burgh (agent) and thanks very much to Nicolas de Chambure, our partner in France.

“He will go to France first when he goes to stud and he will probably be here in June, July and August next year.

“It is really emotional, not a bad training effort either from Kevin Ryan. My goodness they deserve congratulations too.”

Hello Youmzain could have his next start in the July Cup at Newmarket. It was a landmark day for Hello Youmzain's sire Kodiac, who was also responsible for two Royal Ascot two-year-old winners; Nando Parrado in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes (1207m) and Queen Mary Stakes (1006m) victor Campanelle.

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Rare New York win in Belmont Stakes

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It’s normally the last leg of the Triple Crown, but on Sunday morning Australian time the Belmont Stakes launched the famed three-year-old series in America.

Tiz The Law broke a 138-year-old drought for the host state when he scored a dominant win in the race that this year was run over 1800 metres.

The $1.80 favourite turned in a dominant performance to score by 3.75 lengths from Dr Post with Max Player 1.5 lengths away third.

Tiz The Law is trained by 82-year-old Barclay Tagg, who in 2003 won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before finishing third in the Belmont Stakes.

Tiz The Law will now strive to win the two Triple Crown legs that Funny Cide won with the Kentucky Derby to be run on September 5 with the Preakness Stakes to follow four weeks later on October 3.

https://www.racing.com/news/2020-06-21/news-rare-new-york-win-in-belmont-stakes

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Front Page set to stay

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Front Page winning the Creswick Stakes at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)

The offers from Hong Kong might have been significant for promising Corowa sprinter Front Page.

But there's one thing the big-spending bloodstock agents in the Asian market can't put a price on - heading to the races with your mates, all with a share in a very good horse.

The owners of Front Page decided on Tuesday to knock back what is believed to be lucrative seven-figure offers from Hong Kong and plan to race the gelding in Australia.

It's a decision part owner Jake Edmunds said they didn't take lightly, saying it was 'heart wrenching".

But after a long chat at the Corowa pub on Sunday night between the owners and trainer Geoff Duryea, they feel they have made the right call.

"It's very difficult. It's a very significant amount of money, but at the same time we love racing," Edmunds told Racing.com.

"We love Australian racing, and we love going to the races with our horse, be it Albury, Wagga or Dederang, let alone Flemington.

"I guess when it came to the crunch, we did put some value on days at the races with your horse running. And those experiences are certainly worth money, initially.

"And then of course we are hoping for future wins which would then put value into our decision from there.

"But it (the decision) was very, very difficult."


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Trainer G.M.Duryea
Age 3YOSex GeldingColour ChestnutPrize Money $126,075
Last 5 7-111Career 6-4-1-0
POS Jockey Track Date DIST Race WGT MRG Odds
1 – 14 L.W.German FLEM 20 JUN 20 1200m CRESWICK 58kg 2.8L $11
1 – 11 L.W.German WANG 4 JUN 20 1170m BM64 61kg 1.2L $1.60
1 – 12 J.Mallyon ALB 25 MAY 20 1175m CG&E BM58 61kg 9.6L $2.20
7 – 11 J.Mallyon ALB 20 MAR 20 1400m ALBURY GNEAS 55kg 1.9L $10
2 – 14 J.Mallyon COR 7 MAR 20 1300m BM58 59.5kg 0L $1.60

Interest has always been high in Front Page, the full brother to Duryea's other stable star News Girl, but that intensified after his impressive win in the Listed Creswick Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

It led to days of intense discussions before an agreement to turn down the offers.

Edmunds admitted the decision might have been different had racing been a business for the owners.

"If you just had good horse after good horse and you sold them all, well you'd never get to the races again. And you can't put a price on that," Edmunds said.

"We are very usual, we are very basic people and we just love going to the races.

"If it was a business and you were breeding to sell and it was your livelihood, then oh God, it would be a different story altogether."

Edmunds said it was flattering to have interest from others in Front Page, who is the son of Sun Stud's Magnus.

"It's nice that other people that, you might say, are experts, the people in Australia representing Hong Kong interests, think (you have a talented horse)," he said.

"That's not unnoticed by us. It's exciting."

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Noel

There are few posts on the linked page that might be of interest to you:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=86935&start=150

More than likely your addressee is either a post office or Palace employee.

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Murray's Moe runner $101 into $4.60

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Cliff Murray suspects local track watchers are behind the Moe maiden plunge which has seen his first starter Willygood backed from $101 into $11 on Wednesday. After scratchings on Thursday morning, Willygood moved into $4.60

The Kilmany-based Murray said his Reset filly had trialled well against local horses and that might have caught the eye of punters.

Willygood opened $101 in early markets with Sportsbet before being cut to $15 then $12 and then finally into $11.

“She’s had half a dozen trials … seems to be going all right. But that’s about it,” Murray said.

“I would say it’s just local people who have seen her at jump outs.

“She’s shown good ability, but just at those local jump outs. She probably hasn’t been tested properly.

“She hasn’t done anything wrong.”

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Murray said Willygood was bred by his son, and is out of the mare Willysfilly, who was a handy type around the sale area.

“She’s by Reset out of a mare that showed plenty of speed,” Murray said.

Georgie Cartwright has been booked to ride Willygood, who will jump from barrier one.

“She seems like she will handle the wet. But Moe, Heavy 9, there’s a fair bit unknown, isn’t there?” Murray said.

“We are expecting her to (to go forward from the barrier). That’s her style, being able to jump, hold a spot and then finish off a little bit as well.

“We are expecting her to box seat somewhere there and hopefully she is travelling good enough to be in the race.”

https://www.racing.com/news/2020-06-24/news-murrays-moe-runner-101-into-11-beasy
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Moe plunge horse scratched by stewards
A debutant that was $101 into $4.60 at Moe on Thursday has been scratched by stewards.

The Cliff Murray-trained Willygood was scratched by stewards' order at 10:50am.

The three-year-old filly had sustained support following her opening $101 price, backed quickly in early markets down to $12 and then $11.

She then settled at $4.60 on Thursday morning after scratchings but was easing slightly before being scratched.
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Thanks for that Terry.

Stewards have tightened up on this & rightly so. If it had not been for the betting the stewards may not have paid a visit. There was leading trainer in Victoria who had multiple stables & often "forgot" to advise the stewards he had moved horses between them. :)

Wonder if the stewards went to the other property to check things out :?:
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I must be getting old, but when several hundred $ bets at $61 is a serious go, I wonder.

An average day 40 years ago at Moss Vale dogs.

No wonder the corporate bookies want us to bet on 4 leg multies, including tomorrows highest temperature.

Doubt much of the money was Cliffies

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Guess there was enough to write a story about it, but certainly not as much as the plunge on Getting Closer at Canterbury when he was backed in from 300s to 7s in the 1980s.

I would have liked to have seen the horse swabbed to complete the picture, so as to be 100% sure that no one had thrown a juicy or juiced up apple into the horses paddock. 8-)
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Ablaze chasing straight six

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Ablaze winning the Grand Annual (Image: Racing Photos)

Grand Annual hero Ablaze will be out to extend his winning streak to six when he tackles Saturday's Stayer's Cup (3200m) at Rosehill.

The rising nine-year-old has taken all before him in Australia with seven wins from nine starts since joining the stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in mid-2019.

While he's unbeaten over jumps, he's also shown talent on the flat and Eustace is confident he can add another piece of silverware to the Jericho Cup trophy he won at Warrnambool last December.

"He's been remarkable, whether it's jumps or flat racing," Eustace said.

"He's got a lot of staying ability and the enthusiasm of a young horse.

"Declan Maher and the team at Ballarat have done a fantastic a job with him and he travelled up to Sydney in great shape yesterday.

"I wouldn't say he's highly strung but he's enthusiastic out on the track so he keeps himself fairly fit," he said.

"He gallops on the treadmill and on the grass - he's had a couple of course-proper gallops here in the last two weeks - so we obviously keep the work up to him without really pouring it in."

Saturday's race could be Ablaze's only outing before a tilt at the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Ballarat in August, with a defense of the Jericho Cup at Warrnambool the Raise The Flag gelding's main long-term aim.
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Well done to Big Brendan Cormick who signed off today after 30 years as racing writer for The Australian.

Also a good writer. He explains his best was tipping the capture of Saddam Hussein, a world first scoop, with the mail coming from an old racing mate from Bendigo who was in the area. As usual, an old punter usually knows best.

He revels in his first page tip of Shocking to win his Cup and of Protectionist which the editor rejected because he thought the photo of Fawkner was better.

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Jockey cops month ban, fine for whip use.

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Luke Williams urges Nahanni (grey and red) to victory at Casterton

A jockey who won a race by the barest of margins at Casterton on Saturday was hit with a lengthy ban by stewards for overuse of the whip in the same race.

Luke Williams will serve one month’s penance for his actions aboard Nahanni in the final race of the day, which stewards reported prompted them to consider protesting on behalf of the runner-up.

Nahanni, who started $71 with BetEasy, scored a last-stride nose victory over Felix Bay in the E-Cycle Solutions 0-58 Handicap (2000m).

Williams pleaded guilty to a charge under AR 132(7)(a)(ii) in that he used his whip on nine occasions prior to the 100m, which is four more occasions than permitted.

His suspension runs from July 5 until August 5, while he was also fined $750.

The penalty was more severe than most whip-related suspensions, but among the things stewards took into consideration when arriving at a penalty was the totality of Williams’ whip use, his poor record and the fact Nahanni won the race.

Williams has also been referred to the Racing Victoria Riders Skills Panel.

Stewards noted in their report that they suspected Williams had infringed prior to the declaration of correct weight, but opted against lodging an objection on behalf of Felix Bay’s connections.

https://www.racing.com/news/2020-06-28/news-jockey-cops-month-ban-fine-for-whip-use

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Williams doubles up on Derby Day

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They are among the most famous colours in Australian racing and Lloyd Williams’s navy and white were on show on one of Ireland’s biggest raceday’s overnight Saturday.

Williams, who has celebrated Melbourne Cup success more than any other owner, had a Group 3 double at the Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh.

Buckhurst won the Alleged Stakes (2012m) before Twilight Payment took out the Vintage Crop Stakes (2816m).

The latter represented Williams and trainer Joseph O’Brien in last year’s Melbourne Cup, in which he finished 11th behind Vow And Declare, and O’Brien said he would love to return again this year.

“He could possibly go to Melbourne, but the way things are at the moment we don’t know if that is going to be an option with travel restrictions,” he said after his 2.5-length win over Barbados as the 15/8 favourite.

Master Of Reality, who was second over the line in last year’s Melbourne Cup before being demoted to fourth on protest, also contested the Vintage Crop Stakes, but was never a winning factor and finished sixth of the seven runners, beaten 11 lengths.

Former Irish Derby champion Latrobe – who also contested last year’s Melbourne Cup, finishing 18th – was slated to tackle Buckhurst in the Alleged Stakes, but was one of two scratchings, which left just three starters.

Buckhurst (13/8), a Northern Hemisphere four-year-old, proved too strong for the 10/11 favourite, Sir Dragonet, to take his record to four wins from eight starts after a narrow first-up defeat on June 10.

“He ran a good race in Navan and he was unlucky not to win. It was just a bob of the heads. He’s come forward and going back to ten furlongs suited him,” O’Brien said.

“He’s always been a good horse but it’s nice to get him back on track. He’s uncomplicated and well able to go along (in front). Wayne (Lordan) gave him a lovely ride.

“It was a small field but they are three good horses in all fairness. I felt he won well at the line.

“The Tattersalls Gold Cup looks the obvious race for him now.”

The Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (2112m) will be run at the Curragh on July 26 after which the status around international representation at this year’s Spring Carnival might be clearer.

Buckhurst, a son of Australia, is a $34 chance in BetEasy’s Melbourne Cup market with Twilight Payment $101.

While O’Brien and Williams combined for winning doubles, it was the trainer’s father Aidan who owned the day’s main race.

Santiago provided the legendary horseman with a 14th win in the Irish Derby (2412m) when he justified 2/1 favouritism with a fighting win in the Group 1 event.

The son of Authorized held off a late challenge from stablemate Tiger Moth (11/1) to score a head victory with Dawn Patrol (10/1) and Order Of Australia (33/1) completing an Aidan O’Brien First 4.

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Moreira claws one back

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Joao Moreira wins on Heza Beauty on Saturday night. Image: HKJC

The battle for the Hong Kong jockeys’ championship is still alive, but Joao Moreira was able to pull just one win back on Zac Purton at Saturday night’s Sha Tin meeting.

The Brazilian rode a double to Purton’s single score, but that still left the Australian six wins ahead with five fixtures left, one of which Moreira will sit out due to suspension.

Moreira hit the mark on the Manfred Man-trained E Star in the Class 3 Cheung Chau Handicap (1200m) before capturing a satisfying victory on Heza Beauty in the Class 4 Po Toi Handicap (1400m), for his main patron, John Size.

“John has done most of the work just to teach Heza Beauty to settle down properly and only now has he been able to put it together and perform, and do it straightforwardly for me,” Moreira said.

“We know he has ability and he should improve a lot more from this run.”

Purton enjoyed an impressive win aboard the Danny Shum-trained Angel Of My Eyes in section one of the Class 4 Peng Chau Handicap (1200m).

The defending champion jockey has 137 wins on the board to Moreira’s 131.

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Orphan foal ready to race

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A horse that captured the hearts of the racing industry in the first weeks of his life is set to begin an unlikely racing career at Ballarat on Tuesday.

Two-year-old gelding Wilsdorf, affectionately known as Johnny, was left an orphan in 2017 after his dam, Gem Of Glen Argyle, died from complications giving birth to him at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Eddington.

Thanks to the around-the-clock dedication from the Liston family at Three Bridges and assistance from the 'Mums4Bubs' program, which pairs foster mares with orphan foals, the son of Unencumbered survived those early weeks and began to thrive.

Now in the care of Warrnambool horseman Lindsey Smith, Wilsdorf has shown nice ability at the local jumpouts, including victory in a recent 900-metre synthetic track hit-out.

The gelding is named after Hans Wilsdorf, the German orphan who founded the watch empire Rolex.

Racing.com's Sam Doran documented Johnny's journey in a series of feature videos between 2017 and 2019, which can be viewed at the link below.

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Slipper champ passes away

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Racing is mourning the loss of Golden Slipper winner Danzero, who died peacefully on Sunday.

The 1994 Slipper champion for the Freedman brothers went on to become a Group 1-winning sire in Australia, standing most recently at Rosemont Stud. He was aged 28.

Rosemont's principal Anthony Mithen remembered Danzero 'as a farm favourite with the staff' and 'a true gentleman'.

"He has been in the best health for the nine years he's been with us. He refused to be boxed at night," Mithen said.

"We built him his own box before he arrived, only to learn he hated being cooped up and just wanted to spend his days and nights outside - rugged and roaming. I think he spent only three nights in that box ever.

"Our longest-serving employee Suzanne Mowat, who has looked after him for the best part of a decade, found him Sunday morning, resting peacefully. He will now be buried just outside his paddock. May he rest easy."

Danzero was the first Stakes winner and Group 1 winner sired by the late great Danehill.

Purchased by Rosemont from Arrowfield in 2011, Danzero covered three seasons before fertility issues saw him retired from his duties.

"He was the first stallion to stand at Rosemont and was in fact the only stallion to stand at our original farm at Ceres," Mithen said.

"He helped set in motion the stallion business for us and ultimately the purchase of Rosemont Gnarwarre from Tony Santic, which is now home to our five-strong stallion roster."

Danzero sired six G1 winners, headlined by four-time G1 champion Dance Hero.

Dance Hero claimed the Golden Slipper, meaning Danzero had the rare claim of having won Australia's greatest two-year-old race and sired a winner of the world's richest 2YO event as well.

"It is fair to say he changed the course of what we do at Rosemont. We had an itch to scratch and try the stallion game and he got us off the mark. While his fertility let him down, the horse didn't disappoint us," Mithen said.

"It was an honour to have him on the farm and he was revered by all that got to lean over his fence and give him a pat. He helped teach us the stallion game."

Danzero sired 1042 runners for 669 individual winners, 68 Stakes horses and 40 Stakes winners, including G1 winners Dance Hero, Niconero, Fairway, Danglissa, Danni Martine and Jymcarew.

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Sydney jockeys stood down

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Tuesday's meeting at Gosford has been thrown into chaos with nine jockeys stood down from the meeting on race-day morning due to a rider in the metropolitan group displaying flu-like symptoms.

Racing NSW stewards advised on Tuesday at 10:21am (AEST) that Andrew Adkins, Brenton Avdulla, Tim Clark, Sam Clipperton, Jason Collett, Robbie Dolan, Adam Hyeronimus, James Innes Jnr and Rachel King would not ride at the meeting.

The nine were not ruled out because a jockey in the metropolitan rider group had shown flu-like symptoms, with the preventative measure taken as racing authorities navigate the COVID-19 outbreak.

The jockey with the symptons rode at Rosehill on Saturday. The hoop has undergone a COVID-19 test with Racing NSW hopeful of getting a result back by Tuesday afternoon.

The riders stood down from the Gosford meeting have also had COVID-19 tests completed.

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Trainer breaks 24-year drought

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Noel Richards and Niamh Chinn Oir (Image: Racing Photos)

Anyone planning to sell a horse with an Irish name might want to put in a call to Noel Richards.

The Terang hobby trainer has a liking for stock named along Irish lines and on Tuesday at Ballarat broke a lengthy drought when he celebrated victory with Niamh Chinn Oir.

The six-year-old mare, whose name has Celtic origins, provided Richards with his first winner since November 1996 when she scored a narrow victory with Christine Puls in the saddle.

"I won my last one at Dunkeld and Christine Puls rode it and it was another Irish-named horse called Captain Shillalae," Richards said.

"I've got this thing about Irish horses."

But Richards hasn't had too many in between. He didn't have a runner between December 1997 and March 2016, having stopped training to concentrate on his job as a police officer.

When the curtain came down on his professional career, he didn't take long to get back into training.

"I had my licence for about 25 years earlier in the piece and I gave it away because I had a job and I couldn't do the horse justice," the 73-year-old said.

"I thought I better take this up again because I retired."

He didn't have a placegetter with his first three horses since returning, who had 14 runs between them for Richards, but celebrated success with Niamh Chinn Oir four runs after purchasing her for $8800.

A $26 chance, Niamh Chinn Oir scored narrowly from Ooroo ($6.50) and $3.20 favourite La Zola in a blanket finish to the 1100-metre event on the Ballarat synthetic track.

"I didn't know how she'd handle this (track), but I brought her here today because she'd won on the Pakenham synthetic," he said.

The victory was the fifth from 32 starts for the mare who was formerly trained by Robbie Kingston and before planning his next move with her, Richards is more worried about how to celebrate the drought-breaking success.

"I think the bottle of Glenfiddich, 12 years old, will be out tonight … or maybe the Chivas Regal that the other part-owner bought me for Christmas," he said.
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Alligator set to skip Vic Spring Carnival


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Alligator Blood (Image: Racing Photos)


Alligator Blood is likely to bypass Victoria's Spring Carnival, but a return in the autumn for a crack at The All-Star Mile is definitely on the cards according to trainer David Vandyke.

Queensland-based Vandyke said he is pleased with how his stable star has returned from his break and would slowly ramp up his work ahead of the spring.

The Group 1 winner will be targeted at The Golden Eagle (1500m), while connections are still in negotiations for an Everest (1200m) slot.

Those two races and Vandyke's preference to give Alligator Blood a light spring effectively rules the Alligator Blood out of a return to Victoria this year.

"I doubt you will see him in the spring (in Victoria) because we've got The Everest and The Golden Eagle on target," Vandyke said.

"He's had a nice long break, I'm bringing him up slowly and he'll only have handful of starts. So you might see him in the autumn and maybe even back for The All-Star Mile.

"It (where we start this spring) will be determined by what they do with the weight scale in Queensland. If they revert back to a 54kg minimum, I will give him a run on the 12th of September.

"But I don't want him to carry more than 61kg, which is what he'd get. If they stay with a 55kg minimum and he's got 62kg then I will probably go to Sydney and he can start down there.

"I would prefer to stay in Queensland and let him have as long as possible in the warmer weather."


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Alligator Blood was a revelation through the autumn, claiming the Magic Millions 3YO and the G1 Australian Guineas before running 10th as the lead vote-earner in the world's richest mile race, The All-Star Mile.

Whether Alligator Blood keeps his Magic Millions win is still up in the air, after the horse tested positive to Altrenogest.

Altrenogest is a prohibited substance in male horses under the Australian Rules of Racing.

Vandyke is yet to be told when he will face stewards over the positive swab, however, connections, including owner Allan Endresz, are confident their case is strong enough to overcome the charge.

Vandyke said he was keen to keep plans open-ended for Alligator Blood ahead of the spring but was looking to head to the trials with him in late July.

"He is going really well. He has just started working along a bit," Vandyke said.

"He is in a good place physically, mentally. I am pretty excited."

Alligator Blood is currently $9 for The Everest with BetEasy and $4.50 favourite for The Golden Eagle in early markets.

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As Debbie would say. Where's Winxy ?
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From what I can workout, somewhere between a paddock southwest of Sydney & the Hunter Valley.

Where ever she is, it will be a longtime before we see her again at Moonee Valley:

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Hong Kong offers proving irresistible

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Jolly Sailor was sold to Hong Kong (Image: Racing Photos)

Australian owners are cashing in on the rivers of gold flowing out of Hong Kong as an international shortage of horses has turned the jurisdiction into a seller's market.

With the majority of the world's racing stopping due to COVID-19, Hong Kong owners and trainers have been left with horse slots to fill and not enough markets to buy into.

It's led to some crazy offers being thrown the way of Australian connections, seeing some promising bloodstock sold.

Henry Dwyer's Jolly Sailor recently sold to Hong Kong for around $1 million, while Greg Eurell's Ilovemyself is also set to head over there after a deal was finalised this week.

David Hayes also scored promising sprinter Master Montaro to take to Hong Kong after he blitzed his rivals at his two Australian starts.

However, the big money hasn't swayed all owners, with Front Page's connections turning down an eye-watering offer last week for their horse.

A two-year-old winner at Caulfield, Saltpeter has also received interest from Hong Kong, but connections have so far held firm.

Bloodstock agent Wade Burridge said there had never been a better time for owners to sell horses to Hong Kong.

Burridge said the lack of a Winter Carnival in Brisbane had also seen increased interest and offers to owners with horses racing in Victoria and New South Wales.

He said such was the demand, offers of around $300,000 to $400,000 were flowing in for horses that had only won trials.

Burridge said there was some volatility in the market though and that offers can diminish significantly after a horse fails to run to expectations.

"A lot of the Hong Kong market buy at least 60 per cent (of their horses) from Australia and New Zealand and you factor in New Zealand has only just started back … it's meant Australia is the only market you can buy from," Burridge said.

"With Europe racing the way it has been, until recently, what it has meant is we are in the forefront. Those horses that are running around in winter and winning at Caulfield on a Saturday, owners are either accepting or rejecting offers between $800,000 and $1.5m.

"Realistically that's not the norm. It's probably a time, I would say, owners should take advantage of it and sell. But in saying that owners want to race horses and have fun too."


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Painting Winx and Hugh Bowman on Dunedoo silo worth battling fear of heights, artist says


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Winx and Hugh Bowman immortalised in jockey's home town(Supplied: Andrew Chapman)


Painting a canvas 19 metres above the ground is not something Peter Mortimore is used to.

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Winx's regular jockey Hugh Bowman grew up in Dunedoo
The duo will be immortalised in a mural on the town's grain silo
It is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete and become a tourist drawcard
The popular equine artist has been tasked with immortalising champion mare Winx and jockey Hugh Bowman on silos at Dunedoo in western New South Wales.

"I had to get over my fear of heights," Mr Mortimore said.

"I'm up there by myself in a little basket, it sways around a bit, and even when I come down to ground level, I still sway around for about half an hour."

Bowman grew up on a farm just outside Dunedoo before going on to become one of the world's best jockeys and entering the record books alongside Winx.

Four years ago, local farmer Brett Yeo bought the town's silos when grain company Graincorp sold off 72 of them throughout NSW.

The project to paint the silos in Bowman's honour received a $95,000 state government grant last year.


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Peter Mortimore says he had to overcome a fear of heights before starting the mural.(Supplied: Andrew Chapman)


Getting started
Mr Mortimore, who runs a gallery in Dorrigo, has been painting horses on canvas for 25 years and said this was by far his biggest commission.

The project is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

"Last week I started gridding, just putting marks on the silo," Mr Mortimore said.

"I had to work out how to take an A4 drawing and turn it into a 19-metre one.

"The first step was putting all the grids on, giving me an idea of how to do it, and then it was just a case of tidying up the drawing, getting all the proportions right."



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Peter Mortimore, pictured with wife Carolyn, has been tasked with painting the Dunedoo silos.(Supplied)
He said getting it right came down to using a simple ruler.


"I used the down pipe on the silo as a guide, and then I went a metre around from there and worked all over the silo with a metre ruler to measure it all up — it took about two days to do that."

And the artist said he would not be taking the easy option and using spray cans.

"I started using spray initially, but it's just something foreign to me so I've gone back to a brush, that's what I always use."


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Hugh Bowman and Winx return victorious after her final race in April 2019.(AAP: Steve Christo)


Artwork fit for the queen of the turf
Winx retired in 2019 after winning 33 consecutive races, a world record that included 25 Group Ones with overall earnings of $26.4 million.

It is hoped the silo art will boost tourism in Dunedoo, which has been hit hard by three years of drought.

"I've already had to come down a fair few times to talk to people now word the is out," Mr Mortimore said.

"Where it's situated is a great location because it's right in the middle of the main street where people can pull up."
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Well done to local trainer, Matthew Dunn, at Murwillumbah gallops today.

Not a bad effort to train the first 5 winners on a 6 race card and miss the last by a neck.

That will take some beating in the 2020 best country training performance.

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A new issue for race horse owners. An owner was fined today for laying a horse that he had a 2.5% share in.

Must have taken it on, on the bet fair site, which must be monitored by stewards.

The horse ran as expected, 3rd of 7

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Flemington start for Denis Pagan's training career

Flemington will become Denis Pagan's paddock on Saturday when the premiership North Melbourne coach saddles his first runner as a hobby trainer.

And just like he gave free rein to The King, Wayne Carey, to dominate the Roos' forward line through the '90s, there will be few instructions from Pagan to apprentice jockey Lachlan King on Saturday.

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Denis Pagan will saddle his first runner at Flemington on Saturday.


The 72-year-old hobby trainer will live out a lifelong dream in training a runner at headquarters, but little did he expect it would be his very first runner and in a stakes race.

Johnny Get Angry, owned by Pagan, made his debut at Flemington last month for Leon and Troy Corstens, but will race for the first time under Pagan's orders in the listed Kennedy Taj Rossi Series Final on Saturday.

It's pretty exciting stuff," Pagan said.

"When I first thought about this, it's going a fair way now, I just wanted to have a runner at Flemington and it's turned out my first runner is at Flemington.

"It's amazing, the luck. I had him nominated at Bendigo because I thought it was an easier race, didn't get a run and I just thought I'll nominate him for Flemington as well and I got a run there."

While Pagan isn't setting the bar too high, the two-time North Melbourne premiership mentor said his Tavistock gelding was better than his debut suggested.

"His previous run a fortnight before, 13th or 14th doesn't look good on paper but it was a pretty good run," he said.

"He was three-wide outside the leader facing the breeze and held on for a long, long way. For his first run, it was terrific.

"I'm not going to Flemington with wild expectations; I think Patty Payne's horse is very good and is going to be very hard to beat, but I've never seen anybody make runs sitting in the grandstand. I'll be happy if he runs a good race and shows us something for the future."

Pagan has had his pre-trainer's licence for 12 months, but prior to that has been working alongside Corstens at Flemington.

He is only licensed to train horses that he owns and he subleases boxes from Corstens to house his horses, of which he owns about half a dozen.

"I've got a nice Medaglia D'Oro who will probably race in a couple of weeks," he said.

"I've got a Mongolian Khan filly jumping out tomorrow. Johnny Get Angry has certainly got talent and my Medaglia D'Oro two-year-old I think has also got some ability.

"I bought myself a cheap Eurozone horse and that's shown something and I've also got a Preferment yearling."

Pagan said the nerves leading up to the race were comparable to the lead-up to his playing debut for North Melbourne.

"That's exactly what it feels like," he said.

"It seems like yesterday I played my first game at Glenferrie Oval against Hawthorn as an 18- or 19-year-old at North Melbourne and I think of that and the feeling feels exactly the same now.

"Two more sleeps, I'll go and check my horse this afternoon and check his legs are cooled, he eats up tonight and tomorrow night and fingers crossed he makes it to Flemington on Saturday."

And Pagan said he would not have too many coaching orders for young jockey Lachlan King.

"All I'll say to Lachy is, ‘ride him quietly and make sure he finishes off the race'," he said.

"I think the more complicated [the instructions], the harder it is to ride the horse. I'll keep it very simple and take it from there."

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/flemington-start-for-den ... 8b7.html

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Hyland calls it a day after six decades

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After more than 60 years in racing as a jockey and a successful trainer, Pat Hyland has retired.

Ill-health has forced Hyland to step away from a training partnership with his son Chris to spend time on his farm in rural Victoria.

Inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2016, Hyland is one of only eight jockeys to have won Australian racing's grand slam - the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

Hyland won the first $1 million Melbourne Cup aboard the Lloyd Williams-owned What A Nuisance in 1985 before five years later retiring to take up training.

He was also associated with the champion sprinter, and later sire, Vain who raced 14 times for 12 wins, claiming the 1969 Golden Slipper.

Hyland's first good horse as a trainer was Saleous , winner of the 1995 VRC Oaks and he continued to have Group I success with horses like Zarita and Bonaria.

Scaling back his team, Hyland joined Chris at the start of the 2018-19 season before retiring earlier this month.

"He rode trackwork until he was 74 and then he slowed down a little bit in the last few years," Chris Hyland told RSN927.

"He's had a few little health issues, but overall he's not too bad at the moment."

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/hyland-calls-it-a-day-after-six-decades-20200629

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Well the AFL have sent all their Victorian teams interstate to beat the Covid 19 lockdown in this state.

Racing now faces a similar challenge with the suburb of Flemington & neighbouring suburbs of Kensington & North Melbourne going in to Covid 19 lockdown.

I presume the trainers with their horses stabled at Flemington will not be able to come & go. I think it would be practical to hold races at Flemington with just the horses stabled there. I wouldpresume if race meetings cannot be held at Flemington then they would be moved to either Moonee Valley, Caulfield or Sandown.
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81 Aquanita horses face disqualification

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Racing Victoria plans to disqualify at least 81 Aquanita starters following a major stewards' investigation.

The investigation 'analysed the available evidence with respect to 395 incidences' before deciding that 81 horses face disqualification because 'of a prohibited administration at the relevant track on the relevant date'.

No decision has been made on what happens to prizemoney each horse won and RV could pay out winnings to owners cheated out of prizemoney if the stewards' final decision is to disqualify the 81 horses.

The managing owner of each starter will now receive a show cause notice about the findings and be asked for a response, before stewards decide final penalties.

Included in the list of horses facing disqualification is Politeness, who won the $500,000 G1 Myer Classic in 2015, while other notable horses included are Mosheen, Shamal Wind, Members Joy and Black And Bent.

Senior Aquanita staff, including trainers Robert Smerdon, Stuart Webb and Tony Vasil and registered stablehands Greg and Denise Nelligan, Trent Pennuto and Daniel Garland were each disqualified following a VCAT hearing.

RV's Executive General Manager of Integrity Services, Jamie Stier, said text messaging between the banned staff proved crucial in stewards' findings.

"Having considered all the facts, the stewards are satisfied that they can clearly identify 81 starters that were the subject of a prohibited administration and thus they have today written to the managing owners of these horses at the time of the relevant races, or their representatives, to afford them the opportunity to state why their horse ought not be disqualified from the race in question," Stier said.

"The stewards are not satisfied that the other 313 starters ought be considered for disqualification as the available evidence did not definitively demonstrate that those horses were the subject of a prohibited administration on the given day.

"As people are aware, text messages between the disqualified persons were central to the RAD Board and VCAT's findings regarding the participants' improper or dishonourable action or practice, however, these texts often referred to multiple horses or lacked clarity around which horse was the subject of said practice on a given day."

Stier said of the 81 now facing disqualification, 24 horses won their races.

"Of the 81 starters for which a preliminary determination has been made that they be considered for disqualification, 24 were winners, 24 were minor placegetters and 33 were unplaced, with the prizemoney won by each varying from $300,000 to none at all," he added. "As it stands, more than half of them won less than $10,000 in the race in question."

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I think might be difficult to claw back winnings from owners particularly as some of those owners have passed away.
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Caulfield trainer Brendan McCarthy didn’t have a Blue Diamond Stakes runner earlier this year, but he went to bed that night a few hours after the race in late February with a warm sense of achievement.

A few months later, Ablaze’s dominant win in the 5500-metre Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool promoted a similar feeling despite the horse also being prepared by another trainer.

For many years now, McCarthy has been urging home a range of horses in feature races that he does not train but with who he has something of a hands-on relationship.

You see, McCarthy is a horse trainer with a penchant for chiropractic-like work. He is called upon often by most of the leading stables in the state, which provides McCarthy with plenty of work as well as feeding his desire to deal with the best horses in the land.

He worked on Tagaloa before it won the Blue Diamond as well as the second horse Hanseatic, who is trained by Anthony Freedman. He alleviates the country’s best jumper Ablaze’s back problems as he had done a few seasons earlier with the country’s leading ‘chaser for some time in Bashboy.

From what began as a big of part-time casual manipulation work with a few stables around him at the community stables off Booran Rd at Caulfield, McCarthy’s services are now called upon by some of the city’s biggest names.

Maher, Price, Freedman, McEvoy, Stokes and many other leading yards have turned to the quietly-spoken trainer to help with some of the numerous muscular problems that can beset a racehorse and quickly derail its future.

“It can be back, it can be shoulder, it can be hamstrings, it can be sacrum problems,” McCarthy explained. “It can be the pectoral muscle. There are any number of muscle-related issues a racehorse can have.”

A former country boy from Tallarook in central Victoria who vowed to stay in Melbourne for just five years when he moved from the bush back in the 1980s, McCarthy is now the second longest-serving trainer at Caulfield behind Colin Little.

McCarthy is one of so many trainers that is yet to find that Group 1 horse of his own. His pursuit continues, of course, but in the meantime, he gets to involve himself directly with the country’s best bloodstock.

“It’s made the day very long, but I do enjoy it,” McCarthy said of his 2.15am starts.

“Even though I haven’t got the top class horses myself, I get to work with the best racehorses like Jameka and so many good horses down the years like the Cox Plate winner Ocean Park and even going way back to the likes of Umatilla.”

The Caulfield trainer has no defining qualifications other than his long experience and his never-ending thirst for knowledge on the workings of the racehorse.

“I did study it years ago and then went around with a number of different chiropractors and worked out a few different techniques – because it does come down to technique with horses more than anything,” he said.

“If I go to Mick Price’s stable, he will get me to look at all his horses that trial or are coming up to racing and I do similar with other stables like Freedman and Stokes and Ellerton-Zahra. I’ve probably got most of the major stables.

“I only started doing Caulfield horses. That’s when I did Ocean Park, after he got loose in the lead-up to the Cox Plate, as well as plenty of horses that come down for the spring so I’ve always just worked out of Caulfield but then maybe eight or 10 months ago I started doing others as well.

“The number of horses that I do that are winning, the ratio is very good so that’s gratifying.”

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A gambler had his betting account frozen after losing millions — then another two companies came knocking
[By Steve Cannane and Kyle Taylor, ABC Investigations/size]
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Former financial planner and gambler Gavin Fineff lost $8 million of his and other people's money.
ABC News: David Maguire
For almost four years, Gavin Fineff kept his secret from his closest friends, family and even his wife.

Key points:
A former financial planner lost $8 million of his own and other people's money betting on racing and sports
Gavin Fineff says it took three and half years before TAB asked him for proof of his income
After his betting account was frozen he says he was poached by two other online betting companies
On the surface, life seemed good for the 41-year-old senior financial planner and father of two from Sydney's north shore. He was making headlines in the financial press — helping cancer victims to secure trauma insurance payouts — and his professional skills were rated highly by his clients.

Three months ago, that life dramatically unravelled.

Mr Fineff confessed to family and friends that he'd lost a lot of money, much of it other people's.

The money wasn't lost on a deal gone wrong, a bad investment, or a plunge in the stock market — but to three of the big online betting agencies.

The total was more than $8 million.

He's now facing potential jail time.

"My life is destroyed. I had to tell my wife that there's a part of me that she had no idea about," he says.

Mr Fineff takes responsibility for his actions, but the former financial planner feels he's not the only one to blame.

Amid a deep personal sense of shame, he's now determined to speak out against what he sees as the predatory practices of sports betting companies who he says took advantage of his addiction.

"I can't take away the pain that I have caused people around me at this time," he says.

"But I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that other people don't go through this."

It started in the pub. Then came the VIP treatment
Mr Fineff's gambling started in moderation.

"For the most part, it was just like anyone else — a couple of drinks with friends at the pub," he says.

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"I'd bet mostly on horse racing. When the option became online and on your mobile, I guess that's when it started to become serious."

After opening an account with TAB, his gambling escalated. Before long, he was given "VIP status" and assigned a personal customer service manager, who'd call him often and dish out special treatment.

"I was offered all sorts of things, events and experiences and bonus money to bet with. They had reward systems for more deposits."
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Gavin Fineff says gambling companies preyed on him.
ABC News: David Maguire
VIP customers are a key driver of betting industry profits and have been a source of concern in overseas jurisdictions. The UK's gambling regulator found one of the major betting agencies there took 83 per cent of all its deposits from VIPs, who make up just 2 per cent of its customers.

As Mr Fineff's betting behaviour changed from moderate to risky, he'd become an ideal target.

The more he gambled, the more he lost and the harder he tried to win it back.

Rather than offering him support, his VIP manager would instead be on the phone offering bonus bets and tickets to sports events to keep him punting.

"It was seductive. Very soon after that, I was addicted, completely addicted," he says.

"I know that through having now looked at my betting statements. The behaviour is nothing short of insane."

ABC Investigations has viewed Mr Fineff's transaction history with TAB. In just one six-month period in 2017, he lost $1.5 million.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Gavin Fineff gambled over $11 million with TAB for losses of $1.5 million. (Supplied)
He says he was in the thrall of a serious addiction and lacked the insight to realise how dire his situation had become. He believes that mental state was compounded — even exploited — by the behaviour of the betting agency.

"At the time, I was never asked anything about my activity, or if it might be harmful or how I was funding that," he says.

"In fact, I got more service, I got more contact [and] offered all sorts of things — events, dinners, lunches, rewards."

Follow the money
Mr Fineff wasn't just gambling his own money.

The ABC understands the source of much of these funds and how they were obtained are now the subject of a NSW Police investigation.

If Mr Fineff is charged and convicted, he could face time in jail.

Tax statements seen by ABC Investigations show his annual income at the time was about $130,000. He says Tabcorp didn't ask him for any proof of funds until it was too late.

By the time Tabcorp finally wrote to Mr Fineff asking what his gross annual salary was in May 2018, he had lost $3.9 million with TAB.

AUSTRAC, the federal government agency set up to prevent and detect criminal abuse of the financial system, plays a regulatory role when it comes to proceeds of crime in the gambling industry.
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Peter Soros from AUSTRAC says betting companies need to report suspicious behaviour.
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Peter Soros, deputy CEO of regulatory strategy at AUSTRAC, says strict anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws apply to betting agencies. The remit of the laws are broad and include other types of crime such as fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.

"Betting agencies, like our other businesses that we regulate, are required to consider financial crime risks with their businesses," he says.

"They need to identify and monitor their customers. They need to report transaction information to us and, importantly, they need to report suspicious matters to us."

To meet their obligations to AUSTRAC, betting agencies must comply with "know your customer" provisions. That means they must properly check identification documents and have a program in place to deal with high-risk customers.

As part of that program, they need to be able to check the source of income of someone suddenly gambling heavily or making suspicious transactions.

Soros says if betting agencies don't do additional due diligence checks on high-risk customers, "they do run the risk of not complying with our laws".

In February 2017, as Mr Fineff's gambling with TAB was getting out of control, the company was hit with a record fine for failing to meet AUSTRAC requirements.

Tabcorp agreed to pay $45 million to settle a case involving suspicious betting transactions and a failure to comply with the legislation.

At the time, Tabcorp said it had "made a significant investment in enhancing our compliance over the last three years".

Mr Fineff wants to know whether TAB contacted AUSTRAC about his betting behaviour. He's staggered that given the size and frequency of his transactions, it took years for Tabcorp to ask for proof of income.

"From September 2016 to June 2018 there were 194 times where I deposited $10,000 or more from my NAB account into my TAB account," he says. "In the same period, there were 23 times where I made a withdrawal of more than $10,000 from my TAB account. Ten of these times were for amounts of $50,000."

Tabcorp did not respond to questions from ABC Investigations about why it did not ask for proof of income earlier. The betting agency would not confirm whether it had contacted AUSTRAC about Mr Fineff, saying it was "bound by privacy and confidentiality considerations".

In a statement, Tabcorp said it was "subject to a range of reporting and other obligations overseen by various regulators including AUSTRAC and complies with these obligations, as well as maintaining comprehensive compliance and AML/CTF programs".

AUSTRAC said it could not respond to questions about any individual cases.

In the 18 months after Tabcorp was issued with the record-breaking fine, Mr Fineff gambled away more than $3 million with the company.
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Gavin Fineff now faces potential jail time and says his life has been destroyed.
ABC News: David Maguire
"If they had just done that one thing back in March 2017 that they were saying to the regulator and the public, my life would be very different," he says.

In a panic that he was being investigated by Tabcorp, he avoided providing information about his salary.

A few weeks later, he was relieved to find his account had been frozen.

He thought his nightmare of spiralling losses was over.

An unknown caller
Mr Fineff was standing on a train platform a few weeks later when he got an unexpected call.

"It was a gentleman from Ladbrokes. He told me what they could do for me in terms of being a superior experience, that he can do things that TAB couldn't. And he offered thousands of dollars [in bonus bets] to try them out."

Mr Fineff asked him how he got his number.

"I didn't know this person. I was a bit surprised to get the contact," he says.

"He said that he [previously] worked at TAB where I was a customer before."

Mr Fineff felt nervous. He says he disclosed that his TAB account had been frozen, and he was worried that he was being investigated. The Ladbrokes employee came up with a plan to ease his anxiety.

"He said that wouldn't be a problem at all and went on to say that he could set up the account for me. He set up the account in a different name and without me providing identification."

Mr Fineff was a long-time Canterbury Bulldogs fan, and he and his new account manager settled on the name Gavin Lamb — after Terry Lamb — one of the club's favourite sons.
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Gavin Fineff says he had an account set up for him at Ladbrokes under the name Gavin Lamb. Supplied

Soros from AUSTRAC would not comment on Mr Fineff's case, but he said identification checks were critical to upholding the law.

"Betting agencies are required to know their customer and undertake the appropriate identity-checking processes to ensure that the customers who they're dealing with are who they say they are," he says.

"Any reporting entity who doesn't follow the obligations of the act runs the risk of being taken to court by AUSTRAC, or having other sanctions put in place by AUSTRAC."

Mr Fineff says he never read or signed up to Ladbrokes' terms and conditions. He lost close to $700,000 with Ladbrokes in the 20 months after the account was opened. He says he was never asked for identification or proof of income.

ABC Investigations sent Ladbrokes a list of questions outlining Mr Fineff's allegations and seeking clarification as to whether it was complying with its AUSTRAC obligations.

Ladbrokes' response was: "No comment."

Third betting company lures in Mr Fineff
A few months after he was contacted by Ladbrokes, Mr Fineff received yet another surprise call from a different betting agency.

"I was coming back from taking the kids to the park. I was walking through the garage, past my letterbox and I received a call and I stopped," he says.

"I remember that I did not move from in front of that letterbox and within the space of 45 minutes I had an account opened and $50,000 [in free bonus bets] in my account and had lost it all."

Mr Fineff alleges he was once again not asked for identification and did not sign up to any terms and conditions.

Over the next 16 months, he says he lost about $3.6 million with BetEasy. He says much of his frenetic betting activity was driven by the free bonus bets on offer.

"In the first three months they gave me $1 million of bonus money to bet with. I lost the same amount. They were basically matching all my deposits and just giving me whatever I wanted," he says.

"In total, it was about $3 million of bonus bets from BetEasy."

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He says BetEasy never asked him for proof of income, and it only checked for identification in the last two months of his gambling with it.

In a statement, BetEasy said: "BetEasy takes seriously its regulatory and responsible gambling obligations and employs significant resources to ensure they are met."

Mr Fineff alleges two former employees from Tabcorp took his contact details with them when they went to work for BetEasy and Ladbrokes, in order to entice him to open new betting accounts.

ABC Investigations asked Tabcorp whether this occurred and if this was general practice within the industry.

In a statement, Tabcorp said: "Tabcorp employees are subject to strict obligations with regard to customer information and confidentiality. These obligations extend beyond an employee's employment with us.

"Employees are reminded of this on departure and any potential breach is taken very seriously."

Problem gamblers 'traded like property'
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Lauren Levin says Gavin Fineff's case is shocking.
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A former industry insider has told ABC Investigations this practice of sharing and poaching phone numbers is common practice.

Lauren Levin from Financial Counselling Australia says she's also aware of this tactic.

"It seems to be something that happens in the gambling industry where there's a trade in these really profitable losing gamblers," she says.

"They are traded like property. It's just unbelievable."

Neither BetEasy nor Ladbrokes would comment as to whether they knew Mr Fineff's account had been closed at TAB because of his inability to show proof of income.

He believes he was deliberately targeted.

"What I can be certain of is that they knew that I was a problem gambler, that I was a person that had irrational activity, that I was a losing customer and therefore a winning one for them," says Mr Fineff.

"How else would they have decided to contact me?"

Paying the price
Australia does not have a highly regulated sports betting industry compared to countries like the UK, France or Sweden.

There is no national gambling regulator, but the Northern Territory Racing Commission has become the main regulator for sports betting almost by default after 20 betting agencies set up shop in Darwin for tax purposes.

Levin says this has not been good for problem gamblers.

"The online betting market operates without a moral compass, and without fear of any of the regulators. It's like the wild west," she says.

In her 10 years working at Financial Counselling Australia, Lauren Levin thought she had seen it all when it came to what corporate bookmakers would do to target losing punters.

But even she is shocked by Mr Fineff's case.

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"This behaviour is absolutely, absolutely reprehensible. It's unethical", she says.

"It's against the spirit and the letter of the NT code of responsible gambling that someone can be excluded from one company because they've got a problem and someone who knows that then goes to another company and sets them up and gives them a pile of free credits to get them gambling."

The NT Racing Commission said it had not received any complaints from Mr Fineff about Ladbrokes or BetEasy.

Levin says it is time the Federal Government sets up a national gambling regulator.

"We need a national regulator with the power to make the companies comply with the anti-money laundering legislation and also to make the companies do their bit to prevent gambling harm. It's not in anyone's interest to have so much gambling, with so much harm," she says.

She says in other countries, national regulators make sure betting agencies can't profit from the proceeds of crime.

"In the UK they can force betting companies to pay back the proceeds of crime. That's why their system is so much better than what we've got, because here the regulator is not doing it and the courts are certainly not doing it."
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Gavin Fineff wants gambling companies to be more accountable.
ABC News: David Maguire
Mr Fineff would like to see this sort of change, even though it may be too late for him.

"I look at my kids and know that their upbringing from now is not going to be the same. I know that my wife's life is not going to be the same. And for others and it's got to stop. It has to stop."

"I'm speaking out because I've come to the realisation that whilst I'm responsible for what happened, I don't think I'm the only person to blame."

Mr Fineff has undergone intensive counselling and hopes he can find a way to repay all the people caught up in his gambling addiction.

"I feel it when I wake up in the night. I feel it when I wake up in the morning. And all I want to do is make amends for it. I hope that I get the opportunity to do that. There's no part of me that can see me ever getting peace unless I can alleviate their pain.

"I'm taking accountability for this. I'm doing my best to do that. And they [sports betting agencies] are not and they have to. They have to answer to their negligence in the same way that I'm answering to my actions."
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Jungle Edge wins Monash Stakes

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Jungle Edge wins the Sir John Monash Stakes (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)

It was Jungle Edge conditions at Caulfield on Saturday and the veteran proved that to be the case when he reveled in the worsening conditions to claim the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) to the cheers of punters.

Ridden by Jade Darose, Jungle Edge felt right at home in the heavy (8) conditions and although Viridine, I Am Someone and Ashlor pressured him late, he once again proved himself a superior galloper to his rivals on wet ground.

"I am just in awe of this horse," trainer Mick Bell said. "It looked as though he would go very well today but they still have to do it and he always deliver.

"I actually think there will be hundreds of people buying takeaway tonight courtesy of Jungle Edge."

With as much as $4 offered for him in the days leading up to the race, punters unloaded late on Jungle Edge once the rain hit Caulfield and their confidence was for good reason.

Jungle Edge was backed into $2.60 favourite with BetEasy by the time the field jumped away and on the line he held a three quarters of a length advantage over the early favourite Viridine ($3.10) with a length and a half to I Am Someone ($8.50) in third place.

Bell said the win was made more special by the fact that the horse’s longtime stable rider Jade Darose could partner him in the group race.

"She’s a very hard worker Jade and she deserves all the success," he said.

After the horse’s 19th career win on Saturday, Bell made an impassioned plea for The Everest slot-holders to give his horse some consideration.

"I’d still like to have a crack at The Everest," he said.

"I think the ATC (Australian Turf Club) should give us a slot and show the race is not just for billionaires and that it’s for everyone.

"If he runs in it he won’t run last and if it was a heavy track at Randwick, who knows what he would do.

"The last time he ran up there in the Sydney Stakes on the same day, he and Pierata ran two seconds faster than they did in The Everest so I don’t know what you’ve got to do.

"At the moment we’re all (Victorians) lepers so we can’t go there so we’ll see what happens."

Darose said: "I’m just so rapt. He’s been such a good horse and to finally ride him, he’s going as good as ever. I’m rapt for Mick and all the owners. Everyone has been awesome."

https://www.racing.com/news/2020-07-11/news-jungle-edge-wins-monash-stakes-beasy

Terrific win by the rising 10 yo against his much younger rivals.

It was nearly a big day for the grey beards when the rising 12 yo Jimmy (Lord Durante) ran second in the last race. I was hoping he might win by a nose. :lol: :lol:
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The real Jimmy would have ! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Darren Gauci and Lord Durante (second right) win the Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap. Picture: Getty Images

Lord Durante actually won the Spicer Thoroughbred Handicap at the Sir John Monash Stakes meeting in 2015 when ridden by Darren Gauci. :)
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Tallyho's Grand Nationals campaign on track

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Tallyho Twinkletoe winning with Aaron Kuru aboard (Image: Race Images)

Racing NewsNew Zealand Racing Desk@nzracingnews 10 July, 2020

One of the most formidable partnerships in Australasian jumps racing continued their undefeated record at Wanganui on Friday when winning the Brian FM Open Hurdle (2400m).

Top New Zealand jumps jockey Aaron Kuru and Tallyho Twinkletoe were reunited for the first time since their historic Grand National Hurdle (4200m) and Steeplechase (4500m) double last year and the pair was able to pick up where it left off, despite a 74kg impost.

Kuru took a patient approach with the Kevin Myers-trained gelding, settling towards the rear of the field.

The son of St Reims was three lengths off the main pack heading down the back straight for the final time, however, Kuru's patience paid off and Tallyho Twinkletoe was able to reel in his opposition and run away to a comfortable four-length victory on his home track.

Part-owner Jo Rathbone was thrilled with the performance, particularly under such a heavy weight.

"It was quite comfortable in the end," she said. "It didn't look like it was going to be down the back straight, he was a wee way off them.

"I was thinking to myself that he will need to be a very good horse to win from there, and he just did it so easy. It was amazing really, he looped them and won it with ease.

"He is just such a good horse."

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Rathbone said they elected not to claim with the gelding, believing Kuru's association with the horse was worth the extra weight.

"We opted to go with Aaron rather than try and claim with him, just because he does know him. I think that can be worth more than the claim with some horses," Rathbone said.

"It certainly is tough on them to carry that much weight, especially on a Heavy track like that. We had a lot of rain over the last few days and it does make it pretty hard on them."

Tallyho Twinkletoe will now travel to Melbourne to join trainer Patrick Payne's Plumpton stable ahead of attempting to defend his Grand National titles.

"I don't really know what Kevin and Patrick have worked out, but his ultimate goal is to go for those two Nationals," Rathbone said.

"I imagine he may have a run before that, whether that be jumping or on the flat, I am not quite sure.

"He is supposed to be flying over next week on the 15th, so there is a bit of time before that first National."

Prior to next week's trip, Tallyho Twinkletoe will undergo a precautionary vet inspection early next week.

The rising 10-year-old showed a lot of promise as a younger horse, winning the Grand National Hurdles (4200m) at Riccarton five years ago, but he has been plagued by soundness issues ever since.

While Rathbone is looking forward to her horse heading across the Tasman once again, she said she has learnt to keep her excitement levels in check because of his history.

"You just have to try and not get too excited about these things because we have still got to get his leg checked out before he does get on the plane, but he seems okay at the moment," Rathbone said.

"We will get it scanned at the beginning of the week and make sure. We don't want to send him over if there are any issues at all. He just has to get through that and he will be on a plane."

Rathbone has spent plenty of time over the years caring for Tallyho Twinkletoe and she said a patient approach has been key in keeping him sound.

"It took several years to get him back to the races after he won the National, just because he kept on having issues," she said.

"Longer and slower preparations and doing things a bit differently have been key. I only ever gallop him at the beach, it's just a better surface.

"I am always conscious about the tracks he is working on.

"I think the main thing is taking your time and not rushing them at any stage in their preparation."

With travel restrictions still in place, Rathbone won't be able to fly over to watch her pride and joy in the flesh, but she said she is not overly perturbed about that.

"We went over last year and we had a really good time," she said.

"I am not really too upset about not being able to go over because it just means I will be able to stay and watch the race with the other owners.

"There is a big family of us who will be there to watch him and I think that means just as much, being able to watch it with everyone back here."

The travel restrictions will also halt Kuru's plans of tackling the Grand National features this year, opening up an opportunity for an Australian-based hoop to ride the exciting jumper.

https://www.racing.com/news/2020-07-10/review-tallyhos-grand-national-campaign-on-track
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Laing hungry after maiden win
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Jack Laing admits to feeling a mixture of emotions after saddling up his first ever winner at Moe on Saturday.

Seven months after taking out his license, the son of Group 1 horseman Robbie Laing broke his training maiden when Lake Tanganyika surprised her rivals with victory at $31 in a 0-58 handicap over 1200m.

While relieved to open his account with a win, the ambitious 23-year-old said his focus had already moved to his next win.

“Obviously there’s a bit of expectation, more so from the people around you, that you’ve got to get a winner fairly quickly and there was probably an added layer of pressure having a last name that’s been pretty successful in the industry,” Laing said.

“It was good to get it out of the way but I wasn’t overly excited, which some people might think is a pretty odd response.

“I’ve got aspirations of achieving bigger and better things with some nicer horses so I didn’t really get too caught up in the moment of a 0-58 win at Moe.

“I actually did expect her to run a bit of a race, despite the price.

“At the same time last year she won her maiden at the same track and distance and she’s been working enormous as of late.

“I’m always thinking about tomorrow and I’m keen to get some better horses in the stable and keep climbing.”

In November, Racing Victoria stewards made the decision not to renew Robbie Laing’s training license, citing his financial struggles and a series of unpaid debts.

There was an expectation that many of his horses would be transferred to the care of his son however that didn’t eventuate, leaving Laing to rely on a couple of cheap online purchases to make up the bulk of his early runners.

Laing, an accomplished amateur boxer with a 25-1 winning record, said he was looking forward to the emergence of several of his rising two-year-olds.

“I’ve only got two horses that are up and racing at the moment and then I’ve got another two that aren’t far off hitting the racetrack,” he said.

“The rest of them are yearlings and weanlings, which are unbroken and unnamed and I think there could be a couple of nice horses in there.”

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Purton officially crowned champion

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Zac Purton locked up a fourth Hong Kong champion jockey title when Fast Most Furious (130lb) carried him past the post for his 144th win of the campaign in the Class 1 Sha Tin Mile Trophy Handicap (1600m).

The Australian ace had an eight-win lead at the start of the 11-race card, and that was cut to seven when rival Joao Moreira pinched the opener. But with the Brazilian suspended for the finale at Happy Valley on Wednesday, Purton put the matter beyond ‘ifs’ in the afternoon’s fourth contest, thanks to the David Hall-trained galloper.

“It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t go down to the last day and make it more interesting, but Zac’s put his hand up and is a deserved winner, I think,” Hall said.

Purton enjoyed a sweet run in the feature. A smart break from gate one enabled the champ to ease his mount back and shift to a one-off position, sixth of the eight runners; switched wider on the turn, the seven-year-old revved upside market leader General’s Delight (118lb) and quickened past at the 250m point, with his ears pricking.

Preciousship (117lb) chased hard under 10lb claimer Jerry Chau but had to settle for second, half a length off the victor, who stopped the clock at 1m 34.28s.

“Zac just sat there patently, knowing he had the big weight. The pacing wasn’t super-fast so it wasn’t absolutely perfect for the horse but it was a smart ride and got the job done,” Hall said.

“He’s been a really good soldier for the stable, this horse. He just keeps turning up week in and week out; he’s won on the same day again.”

The Lope De Vega gelding won at this same fixture last year, when successful in the Class 2 Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association Trophy Handicap (1400m). This time, he took his career tally to five wins from 29 races, having placed a neck third at his previous start in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m), behind Ka Ying Star and Southern Legend.

“It’s a good bit of karma I reckon because he deserved to win the last race,” Hall said. “It was a pretty good performance. It was just a matter of holding him together and getting the luck to go his way.

“There was a bit of a concern with the weight difference with Douglas’ horse (General’s Delight), he’s progressive and we had to give him 12lb so we needed a smart ride from Zac, and, as we all expect from him, he delivered in spades.

Hall is one of four trainers newly-licensed to utilise the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s facility at Conghua and his staff will be operational there from Wednesday (15 July).

We’ve all seen the results from Conghua have picked up a lot in the last six months and my own numbers have picked up and improved a bit, so this has come at the right time for me and I’m looking forward to it, because it will suit some horses, definitely,” the trainer said.

Hall fired a double when Sumstreetsumwhere rifled away with the Class 4 Big Profit Handicap (1400m) under Blake Shinn. It was the five-year-old’s second win at start 32, and first victory for Hall at his second start since transferring from the Peter Ho stable.

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Well done, Ubobo, just as I was checking them off, and you were going like a busted chair, Indiana gets up at 20/1..

Good tipping effort

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And it was the first winner for trainer Emma Church. And ridden by her partner John Allen.
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