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Streets to swerve Sir Rupert Clarke


Trainer Shane Nichols.
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Dual Group 1 winner Streets of Avalon will be scratched from Saturday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), paving the way for emergency I’m Thunderstruck to gain a start in the $1 million race.

Speaking on Racing.com, trainer Shane Nichols revealed his seven-year-old had returned some concerning results in a routine pre-race blood test.

While it doesn’t appear to be a major setback, the Mornington horseman said vets would continue to monitor the gelding over the coming days to determine whether he could continue his spring campaign.

“No, he’s not running tomorrow,” Nichols said.

“He’s got a bad gate and he just didn’t have the perfect blood so he won’t run tomorrow which is a terrible shame.

“You might still see him in the spring but will see how his blood results come through.”

I’m Thunderstruck, who has four of his six for Mick Price and Michael Kent, will gain a start in the race, with Jye McNeil to partner the gelding at 52kg.

I’m Thunderstruck is rated at $8.50 in Sportsbet’s market for the race, which is headed by Kiwi star Probabeel ($4.80) ahead of South Australian raider Beau Rossa ($5).


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Premier's hope for Cup day crowds

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Melbourne Cup Day could be key pillar in Victoria reopening and one of the first major events with vaccinated crowds, with it shaping as a key date where the state could reach one of its major roadmap targets.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday revealed the state’s roadmap to reopening, with key industries ability to function reliant on the number of vaccinated Victorians.

But he made it clear that “the sport of kings” could be a major part of the state reopening.

Under the roadmap, it’s clear that the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup carnivals are very unlikely to hold any crowds, as vaccinated rates won’t be high enough.

Both clubs have expressed a desire to host events where those who have been double vaccinated would be allowed to attend.

Speaking on Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews said the goal dates released were indicative only, which means restrictions may be eased earlier or extended longer pending the state's vaccination rate.

In a massive boost for racing though, Andrews made point of referencing the Melbourne Cup, saying the date coincides with an 80 per cent vaccinated target, and therefore could represent one of Victoria’s first major event to host a crowd.

It’s likely those crowds will need to be fully vaccinated and be held in an outside setting.

“It is the race that stops the nation. I want it to be held in as normal circumstances as possible,” Andrews said on Sunday.

“But 80 per cent is the marker that opens our state.

“We may well be out there and link the two a lot. I can’t say there will be crowds there. We are working with all sorts of different partners on all sorts of different things.


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70 per cent and 80 per cent are incredibly important markers. We can’t be certain when are going to meet them.

“It would be great to think we could get it done before then and perhaps we can have a crowd of double vaccinated people. But it’s too early for us to say that today.

“If we deliver 80 by cup day or its really clear we are going to. Then we will have options to have a crowd there. I can’t say how big or all of that.

“It would be a great signal to the world, the rest of the country, that Victoria is open, we are back in the leading role. The major events capital, the sporting capital, racing capital for those that are taken by the sport of kings.”

Racing Minister Martin Pakula tweeted on Sunday that the State Government will work with the Victorian Racing Club.

“ We will be working with @FlemingtonVRC to plan for a crowd at the Cup in the hope that we get to 80% by Cup Day. We will also be asking the VRC - and the industry more generally - to help promote quick vaccination take up to make that a reality. #80byCupDay"


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Racing Victoria announced on Tuesday they would be one of the first sports in the world to mandate vaccinations for all its participants.

RV have also launched a number of industry campaigns to encourage vaccination, with more communication imminent.

The VRC said last week vaccination requirements for crowds was an issue for government to decide, not the club

“The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) acknowledges Racing Victoria’s announcement last night that all licensed and registered racing industry participants will be required to be vaccinated against COVID as a condition of entry to all designated licensed premises in Victoria, which includes racing operations areas at Flemington Racecourse on race days. This is an important announcement that aims to provide the safest possible working environment for all industry participants and protect our sport to ensure it can continue,” VRC CEO Steve Rosich said.

“We are working with Racing Victoria to understand implications for media, broadcasters and essential staff requiring Mounting Yard access for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“Vaccination requirements for spectators remain a matter for the Victorian Government and health authorities.”


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MRC confirms crowd free Cup carnival

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The Melbourne Racing Club have confirmed the inevitable – the Caulfield Cup Carnival will be spectator free.

In an email to members on Monday, the club said the State Government’s roadmap out of Victoria’s long lockdown made it clear crowds would not be possible.

It is the second year in a row the club has not been able to host crowds.

“It is incredibly unfortunate we find ourselves in this position again,” the email reads.

“Sadly, for the second consecutive year the 2021 Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup Carnival will proceed without spectators, without our members and racing fans that are the lifeblood of this Club.

“The indicative dates specified in the State Government Roadmap announced on Sunday 19 September do not allow for public events to be held in metropolitan Melbourne prior to Tuesday 26 October. This is well after the running of our Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup Carnival (Saturday 9- 16 October).”

The club still remains a good chance of holding members on Zipping Classic Day, moved this year to Caulfield on November 27.

“The Club continues to work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring our Members back on track as soon as possible, hopefully in time for Zipping Classic Day. We will advise you on the earliest and safest opportunity for us to do so.”

Racing.com reported on Sunday that Melbourne Cup Day could be key pillar in Victoria reopening and one of the first major events with vaccinated crowds, with it shaping as a key date where the state could reach one of its major roadmap targets.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday revealed the state’s roadmap to reopening, with key industries ability to function reliant on the number of vaccinated Victorians.

“It is the race that stops the nation. I want it to be held in as normal circumstances as possible,” Andrews said on Sunday.

“But 80 per cent is the marker that opens our state.

“We may well be out there and link the two a lot. I can’t say there will be crowds there. We are working with all sorts of different partners on all sorts of different things.

“70 per cent and 80 per cent are incredibly important markers. We can’t be certain when are going to meet them.

“It would be great to think we could get it done before then and perhaps we can have a crowd of double vaccinated people. But it’s too early for us to say that today.

“If we deliver 80 by cup day or it’s really clear we are going to. Then we will have options to have a crowd there. I can’t say how big or all of that.

“It would be a great signal to the world, the rest of the country, that Victoria is open, we are back in the leading role. The major events capital, the sporting capital, racing capital for those that are taken by the sport of kings.”


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Senior riders strike in Tasmania

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Senior Tasmanian jockeys are expected to return to riding for the Devonport meeting this weekend after just one senior rider opted to compete on Sunday due to a dispute over the process of licensing apprentices.

Kevin Ring of the Tasmanian Jockey’s Association said on Monday a total of eight senior jockeys decided against riding at the meeting after not being consulted about two young apprentices being permitted to take their first race rides.

“The biggest issue is the lack of consultation,” Ring said.

“It is nothing against the kids coming through, but it is more about their safety and that of their fellow jockeys.”

The two apprentices to have their first rides were Taylor Johnstone, who finished fifth and third at her two rides and Tayah Stalker, who won on her debut aboard Trojan Storm in the BM60 over 1150 metres.

Ring said senior riders have been concerned for some time about a change in the process of graduating young riders to make their racing debuts.

“Over the years, or for a lot of years at least, senior jockeys have always been consulted on the apprentices’ readiness to ride in races,” he said.

“They are the ones out there riding with them, so they have the best look at things.

“This time the process was ignored. The jockeys had spoken to the chief steward a fortnight ago but nothing seemed to happen. Then, last Tuesday, I sent an email to Tasmanian Racing and the stewards on consultation, but we got no response.

“On Wednesday, when the race fields were about to come out, I got an email from the stewards saying the young riders have been approved.

“At the moment we are working with the racing director and the stewards from Tas Racing about putting in a written policy. It has been the norm for years until now.

“From what I gather, the jockeys will ride (on Sunday) but I have drafted something this morning that has gone to the racing director at Tas Racing and the CEO and we are hoping to meet Wednesday to put it altogether.

“We are also looking a policies in WA and SA as they have similar things in place.”

Racing.com has contacted Tas Racing for comment.

The only senior rider to take mounts on Sunday was Dianne Parish, who ended up gaining four rides and winning a race aboard Rockymountainhigh for trainer Scott Brunton.

“She said she was going there to support the apprentices,” King said.


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No crowds for Cox Plate Carnival


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The Moonee Valley Racing Club has confirmed its Cox Plate Carnival will be run without crowds for the second year in a row.

The club made the decision on Tuesday, following the Victorian State Government's release of its roadmap on Sunday.

Under the roadmap, crowds will not be able to return to the races until 80 per cent of the population aged 16 and above is fully vaccinated.

Victoria is due to hit that milestone around November 5.

CEO Michael Browell forecast the likelihood of no crowds on course for the Cox Plate Carnival on Monday, with official confirmation coming 24 hours later.

The Melbourne Racing Club has also confirmed its Caulfield Cup Carnival will be hosted without crowds.

The Victoria Racing Club is hopeful of having crowds at some stage during its Melbourne Cup Carnival, with the vaccination target date set to fall during their four-race Carnival.

Browell said his club had worked hard to create a COVID-safe event, but the roadmap would not allow for it to go ahead.

"The club had hoped that spectators could be welcomed back to racecourses once Victoria reached the 70 per cent fully vaccinated target, which could be achieved in Cox Plate week," he said.

"We understand the decision that has been made to wait until 80 per cent full vaccination is achieved is in the best interests of the broader community.

"The club will now commence planning to welcome our valued members and partners back to The Valley for our race meeting on Friday, 12 November.

"We now have a target date that we can work towards, and we look forward to seeing spectators back at the track in the not-too-distant future.

"Whilst it is disappointing that the pandemic has again impacted our Cox Plate Carnival, we look forward to a highly competitive 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate where the best middle-distance horses will contest Australasia's 'Weight-For-Age Championship' over 2040 metres at The Valley on Saturday 23 October. "This year, we celebrate the 101st running of the W.S. Cox Plate and look forward to seeing who will take their place alongside the great champions that have won 'The Race Where Legends Are Made'."


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VRC eyes increased Cup Day crowd


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The Victoria Racing Club could aim for crowds as large as 15,000 people on Melbourne Cup Day following state government support.

VRC CEO Steve Rosich wouldn’t be drawn on exact numbers but confirmed it could be larger than the 5,000 people other Melbourne clubs had applied for previously.

The Melbourne Racing Club and The Moonee Valley Racing club have been forced to cancel their premium race events but the Everest could still hold small crowds on October 16.

Racing.com has been told the club’s application to the state government could include crowds of 15,000 people.

Rosich also revealed that the club will still lose money over the carnival even if reduced crowds return.

“In terms of numbers, there’s a bit to work through. Our liaison with the government will continue on a day to day basis and we will work closely with them over the next few weeks We are hoping to finalise the numbers and the arrangements by the end of this month,” he said.

“The indications are that there could be above that 5000 mark and we are certainly hoping so. It will predominantly be a crowd made up of VRC members and season guest holders. But those details are to be worked through.

Racing.com reported on Sunday that Melbourne Cup Day could be key pillar in Victoria reopening and one of the first major events with vaccinated crowds, with it shaping as a key date where the state could reach one of its major roadmap targets.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday revealed the state’s roadmap to reopening, with key industries ability to function reliant on the number of vaccinated Victorians, with the goal to be 80 per cent fully vaccinated by Melbourne Cup Day.

“The Victorian State Government announcement on Sunday the roadmap out of lockdown was important to the broader community and not just sporting events, including the Melbourne Cup carnival,” Rosich said.

“We welcome that announcement, it certainly gives us confidence to plan the way forward and we are looking forward to finalising some details, ideally over the next few weeks and then getting out to members by the end of the month.”

Rosich said the club faces another financial hit from a crowd reduced carnival.

“In terms of the finance of the carnival. The way it’s looking with a restricted crowd and a crowd that’s predominantly focused on our members. It’s not going to be a great economic return for the club, in fact it will be a net loss activity,” he told Racing.com

“But that’s not the point of the event. The point of the event and our focus is to deliver a crowd which is the most we can host in the circumstances, that provides an environment that has become synonymous with the Melbourne Cup carnival. We recoginise that it has some financial impost on the club.”

Rosich also ruled out linking a members vaccination status to their membership card to gain venue access.

“ We are proving each and every VRC member with a new membership card and part of the reason for that is to allow for extra details on barcoding and entry into the race course, predicting what conditions will be in place for this season,” he said.

“ In terms of vaccination status and how that might apply to Melbourne Cup Carnival and other events, it is a matter for the Victorian State Government. We will work within whatever guidelines they set.”

Rosich said whether the crowd on Cup day, if it does eventuate, is fully vaccinated is a matter for the state government.

“ We are yet to work out those details and indeed yet to hear that advice from the state government. Until that time we will keep an open mind,” he said.

“What I can say is we will be ready. We have got an obligation to be ready for as many people as we can. There’s a lot of work going into that and I know we will be ready.”

The club will now work on how they might host crowds and what infrastructure might be needed. Rosich wouldn’t be drawn on what temporary infrastructure, including the Birdcage, would be at this year’s carnival.

“ A lot of work is going into those parameters in terms of the specifics. I can’t release too much today. There will be predominantly outdoor pods provided to members and guests. We think we did that quite well across Super Saturday this year. You will see that in the expansive lawns of Flemington across the Melbourne Cup carnival,” he said.

“There will be some infrastructure to host key sponsors and also guests of the VRC. Largely it will be fixed infrastructure we are lucky to have at Flemington.”

The VRC, according to Rosich, has a high staff vaccination rate and will ensure any of its workforce needing to be on course for racedays will comply with Racing Victoria’s new vaccination mandate.

“ We are fully supportive of that (mandate) for health and wellbeing reasons,” he said.

“The staff that are VRC staff that operate in those areas will follow those mandates absolutely. We have researched our own staff via a survey and our vaccination rates are well above community levels. So we are quite comfortable that we can work within the parameters that RV has set.”


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Good racing across this weekend. Opens with the Moir at the Valley tonight.

Hard to go past Wild Ruler and September Run for mine.

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Well tipped Briggia

I backed Brooklyn Hustle last night but she was never in the race.

Stewards reported:
Brooklyn Hustle Slow to begin. Raced wide and hung out from the 500m. Rider Brett Prebble reported that the mare commenced to hang out from the 500m. Post‑race endoscopy of Brooklyn Hustle detected a degree of internal exercise‑induced pulmonary haemorrhage and a throat condition which may have affected the mare's racing performance. A veterinary clearance will be required prior to racing again.
I think this means she bled but with no blood coming from the nostrils she was not banned from racing for three months.

However if it's not too late I would probably be sending her off to the breeding barn.
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TAB pays out on Zaaki to win the Cox Plate


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Zaaki wins the Group 2 Fujitsu Tramway Stakes at Randwick.

TAB this morning paid out customers who had backed Zaaki to win the Cox Plate.

On the eve of his expected romp in the Underwood Stakes, TAB settled all Cox Plate bets placed on Zaaki before 8am today.

Along with win and place bets in the Pre Nominations and All-In markets, multi legs involving Zaaki to win the 2021 Cox Plate have also been settled.

“Zaaki looks to have scared off most who contemplated running in the Underwood Stakes and is $1.28 to account for those who have accepted, which is an indication of his expected dominance this spring,” TAB’s General Manager of Trading, David Beirne, said.

“We’re happy to reward those who backed him in nice and early in the Cox Plate and not just win and place bets but also multis, which is not something we’ve traditionally done.”

Zaaki is the $2.30 favourite in TAB’s Cox Plate market with Verry Elleegant at $7 and Anamoe and Gold Trip both $11.

BETS ON ZAAKI PAID OUT INCLUDE:

$6000 at $2.80 to win Cox Plate
$2000 at $3.00 to win Cox Plate
$2000 at $2.80 to win Cox Plate
$1500 at $3.50 to win Cox Plate
$1000 at $4.50 to win Cox Plate
Two bets of $1500 at $5.50 Verry Elleegant to win George Main, Zaaki to win Cox Plate
$1000 at $5.50 Verry Elleegant to win George Main, Zaaki to win Cox Plate


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Well done, Big Saint, more money jumps in

Did you see a Shane Nicholls cast off won the Ewan Cup yesterday. Sold him as a maiden cast off & has now won 9 races in 55 starts & $170k in prize money. I thought his third in a Stony Creek maiden at 2 to 1 on wasnt a bad effort. Should have bought him.

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No I am afraid I missed it:


Bernie's Tiger wins 2021 Ewan Cup
Bernie's Tiger wins 2021 Ewan Cup

The Ewan Cup is a 1750m race held at Ewan Racecourse in Queensland each year & boasts a total prize pool of $30,000 and is run under handicap conditions. Ewan is about 150 kms west of Townville & looks to be a very dusty place.

Checkout the race on the link below:


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I’ve Probabeel in the Underwood - hoping a ‘sure thing’ will get beaten :D

Had to have a tickle on The Bon in the Testa Rossa

Anamoe in the Golden Rose with Remarque as back up.

If I’m true to form I’ll have had my glory yesterday :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Curran earns another Stakes tilt

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A new chapter in the captivating fairytale of Mornington dream horse Curran looks set to include a tilt at one of the spring’s feature sprint races.

Co-trainer Leonie Proctor reported that the gelding, who was famously purchased for $600 via an Inglis Digital Sale in 2020, had recovered well from his first-up win over 955m at The Valley on Friday.

Given the manner of the victory, which came in near track record time, and a reluctance to step straight to 1200m, Proctor said Curran could next be seen in the Group 2 Caulfield Stakes (1000m).

It would be the biggest test of the four-year-old’s career, which has so far yielded four wins and three seconds from nine starts.

“He’s pulled up great and we’ll just give him an easy week,” Proctor said.

“We’ll give him a bit of time between runs, he probably won’t race again for three or four weeks.

“There are nice Stakes races over 1200m but we don’t really want to run him over 1200m yet so we’ll put a nomination in for the Caulfield Sprint, although that’s a big ask.

“He goes really well at Caulfield and with The Everest, the Schillaci and the Manikato all around the same time, it’s at least worth throwing a nomination in for him.

“If it comes up too strong then we can wait a week and got to Moonee Valley for a 1000m open race.”


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Curran wins the opening heat of the 55 Second Challenge.

Proctor, who trains at Balnarring Beach in partnership with her mother Lyn Tolson, said the son of Night Of Thunder had returned a more mature and physically imposing athlete following a short spell after his breakout autumn and winter campaign.

Curran was bought after a conversation with former trainer Ciaron Maher who believed that with surgery and some specialised training at the beach, he could develop into a handy horse.

Proctor said the stable had worked diligently to tailor a training and nutrition program to suit Curran's needs.

“At the end of the day, it was his first preparation in the autumn and winter so we always thought he was going to come back better,” she said.

“He’s come back and he knows he’s a racehorse this preparation.

“His breathing is good but we’ve still got to work pretty hard at keeping him right.

“He’s generally a pretty laidback horse so he helps himself.”


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Great day of racing ahead today at Flemington and Randwick.

I'll be on:

Randwick

Darley Flight Stakes - R7 1 Four Moves Ahead
Epsom -R8 7 Icebath and 6 Hungry Heart
Metropolitan - R9 12 She's Ideel & 8 Montefila


Flemington

Danehill - R5 1 Ingratiating
Turnbull - R7 Very Elleegant
Bart Cummings - R8 13 Tralee Rose

Best of luck if your having a punt anywhere :D

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Mr Midnight heard that Flemington R9 No 7 Sirius Suspect is showing some improved track work

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Was listening on TripleM radio on way home from Brisbane this AM- Terrible congestion on the Bruce Highway with a 20-30 km/hr crawl for 35 Km, the radio host did a "Punt for Red October" spoof", cracked me up. Even the wife, driving, cracked a giggle. Neither of us follow the nags.
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Integrity stewards to wear body cameras


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A stewards tower.

Racing Victoria will give its integrity stewards police style body cameras for their investigations in a major boost to their operations.

It comes as RV also revealed that two of its stewards, Dion Villella and Mark Stevens, will not face further punishments over their involvement in an investigation and subsequent failed charges regarding trainer Richard Laming.

The camera roll out is part of RVs response to Racing Integrity Commissioner Sean Carroll’s eight recommendations on how the sport can improve its investigations as well as its integrity department.

The new cameras will be implemented from next Thursday (October 7) and will be crucial in capturing evidence as well as direct engagement with participants. Body cameras are worn by Victoria Police and have been a key investigative tool.

“RV advised RIC that it will be enhancing its integrity processes through the introduction of body-worn cameras. RV integrity officials will commence utilising the cameras for the conduct of routine and investigative stable inspections from October 2021,” RV said on Thursday.

“RV integrity team members have been undergoing training in the new technology, which will serve to assist both stewards and participants in providing a thorough and accurate account of stable visits for consideration in any subsequent disciplinary hearings.”

In responding to Carroll’s recommendations to RV regarding the Laming investigation and its handling of Villella and Stevens, RV said its board had signed off on the punishments given to the duo.

Villella, a former senior investigator, was demoted for his role in the Laming hearing after an independent report by Carroll identified a number of crucial breaches, including he contacted Stevens on three separate occasions against Victorian Racing Tribunal orders. Both stewards were integral in investigations into allegations Laming doped his horse, Jamaican Rain. Those charges were dropped after the steward’s breaches became clear.

Carrol had asked RV to investigate whether the two stewards should face further punishment for their actions for “conduct detrimental to the interests of racing”. He also raised whether RV senior management should have conducted the investigation into Villella given there was an existing relationship.

RV on Thursday said no further action would be taken

“RV also advised RIC that the Board had considered Recommendation Two pertaining to the conduct of Stewards Dion Villella and Mark Stevens,” the statement reads.

“In doing so, the RV Board noted that the findings of fact made by RIC in his Report were consistent with the investigative work undertaken by RV in its March 2021 review of the conduct of the pair in the Laming matter.

“As a result of that review Mr Villella’s behaviour, considered in the context of his employment obligations, was deemed to amount to serious misconduct and did not reflect the standards required of an Integrity Services Department member. This finding resulted in disciplinary action.

“Following the publication of the Report, RV determined to reconsider the conduct and penalty imposed. After reconsidering all relevant information, including any impact of the conduct of Mr Villella and Mr Stevens on the interests of racing, the RV Board confirmed the appropriate framework for consideration of the conduct had been applied and the disciplinary penalty RV had previously imposed was satisfactory. It also confirmed that that RV would not take any disciplinary action in relation to Mr Stevens as a result of its reconsideration of the matter.”

RV said it continues to resolve other recommendations raised by Carroll in his report.


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Pateman calls for Oakbank rethink


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Champion jumps jockey Steven Pateman has called on Racing SA to throw the iconic Oakbank Carnival a lifeline, after the announcement on Friday that jumps racing will cease in South Australia from 2022.

Pateman said he and other riders were completely blindsided by the move, which Racing SA blamed on dwindling local participation levels and wagering interest in the sport.

The 38-year-old took particular offence at the pledge by Racing SA chief executive Nick Redin that the state's three premier jumps races - the Von Doussa Steeplechase, the Harry. D. Young Hurdle and the Great Eastern Steeplechase - will be converted to flat races.

All three races boast honour rolls that date back more than a century and Pateman, who has enjoyed some of his greatest successes at Oakbank, urged authorities to preserve their rich history by continuing the races as jumps events.

"It feels like we've had the rug pulled from under us," Pateman said.

"I wouldn't have been surprised if they (Racing SA) made some changes again but I didn't think it would be this drastic.

"I would like to think that we can save Oakbank at least.

"It's a magical place and it's got to be preserved.

"Running those races (Great Eastern Steeplechase, Von Doussa Steeplechase and Harry. D. Young Hurdle) as flat races is beyond insulting to their place in Australian racing history."

One of South Australia's leading trainers, Murray Bridge-based horseman Grant Young, echoed Pateman's sentiments about the announcement.

Young, who has won the Great Eastern Steeplechase as both a jockey and a trainer, urged Racing SA to reach a compromise that would allow several of the state's feature races to continue.

He said the same argument about a lack of local participation could be applied to several of South Australia's premier flat races, including the Adelaide Cup, which has been won by local trainers only twice in the past 15 years.

"I'm a realist and I understand why they've made the decision - we can't get jockeys, people can't get their horses schooled, so there are no (horse) numbers," Young said.

"Unfortunately, COVID really exposed it because we couldn't get riders across (from Victoria).

"But I'm just really disappointed that they just deleted a race like the Great Eastern and some of the other feature races like the Von Doussa, the Harry. D. Young and the Grand National."


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South Australian racing has struggled for years especially since the SA Government reduced prizemoney. It has been propped up by Victorian horses, jockeys & trainers. Covid has been a problem with border issues as shown today with 3 horses going around in the first & 6 in the second at Morphettville. Don't get me wrong I like to watch South Australian Racing on Ch 78. You are able to spot horses good enough to win in the Eastern States like Gytrash, Behemoth & Beau Rossa just to name a few. Let's not forget that 3 of the greatest Australian trainers of the 20th Century were South Australians - Bart Cummings, Colin Hayes & John Hawkes.
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Incentivise too good in Turnbull


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Incentivise winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)

Incentivise extended his winning streak to eight and won his second-consecutive Group 1 race at Flemington as he fended off all challenges in Saturday's $1 million TAB Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

The Peter Moody-trained gelding ($2.70) raced up on the pace and after being pressured briefly through the first half of the race, was the strongest at the finish, defeating Cups contenders Young Werther ($26) and Chapada ($101), with the margins half a length by a length-and-a-quarter.

Defending Turnbull and Caulfield Cup champion Verry Ellleegant ($2.10 favourite) stalked the pace, settling fourth, but after looming on straightening could only hold her ground, while Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet ($8) raced three wide minus cover outside the pace throughout and faded into sixth.

"We wanted to have a good gallop, we needed to take improvement from today out of the Caulfield Cup and Mount Popa made sure we had a good gallop," Moody said.

"Brett (Prebble, jockey) thought that he wanted to be on the inside, he thought that was the best part of the track so he made endeavours to hold it, so it ended up being a good test.

"He showed plenty of courage, he's a bloody tough horse isn't he?"

Incentivise remains at the top of betting for the $5m Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 16, shortening into $2.30 favourite with Sportsbet.

WATCH: Incentivise's Turnbull Stakes win:


WATCH: Incentivise's Turnbull Stakes win
WATCH: Incentivise's Turnbull Stakes win

Successful jockey Brett Prebble now has three G1 wins this spring and he could not praise his galloper enough after the performance.

"It's a big effort from him today," he said. "I'm proud of him.

"They didn't leave him alone, he didn't get much peace, but I'm fortunate he's a very kind horse and he doesn't take the bridle. He conserves his energy.

"But he was going half a second quicker than I would have to for the first thousand but then I let him work up through his gears from the half-mile.

"He gave me a good feel and I thought he was going to win and then he hit a flat patch about the 400 metres and I would have liked another gear there, but there wasn't.

"He couldn't go much faster, but he could see that other horse coming at him. I really loved him last 100, he was strong through the line and was really in his groove today.

"It was a real stayer's feel. He can take it and cop whatever is served at him and ran them into the ground. He showed today it was no fluke his last Group 1. He's pretty cool."

Verry Elleegant was being vetted immediately after the race as she ran below expectations for fourth as the $2.10 favourite.

Jockey Damian Lane explained later to stewards that the nine-time G1 winner travelled well in the run but didn't finish the race off.

Danny O'Brien said he came to the races expecting Young Werther to run well and he was thrilled with his second placing.

"We are very pleased," he said. "Today was always the day that you expect these Cups horses to put their hand up and show they are on target and we've been really happy with him, really for the last 12 months."

O'Brien admitted his galloper faces a task beating Incentivise in two weeks in the Caulfield Cup.

"I thought he was the winner inside the clock tower but fair play to Incentivise, he wouldn't let us pass. He's top class. He was there to be beaten and he wouldn't let us pass," he said.

"We've got some work to do to turn the tables in two weeks' time but our bloke will be there and in the mix."

Ciaron Maher said Sir Dragonet endued a tough run three-wide and will be ridden a little quieter next in the Cox Plate, while he said his Caulfield Cup horse Explosive Jack and Persan performed well two weeks out from that race.[


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A good tough win especially when I thought he was poorly off at the weights. Receiving only 1.5kgs off Sir Dragonet, 2020 Cox Plate winner & 2021 Tancred winner, & giving half a kg to Verry Elleegant, 2020 Caulfield Cup winner. in the set weights & penalties of the Turnbull Stakes. Compare the prizemoney before today - Sir Fragonet $5m, Verry Elleegant $9m & Incentivise $900k.
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Promenade scores Cup berth


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John Allen urging Grand Promenade to victory (Image: Racing Photos)

Grand Promenade has clinched a berth in next month's $8 million Melbourne Cup after the consistent stayer earned his golden ticket via a typically tough performance to win The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday.

The imported stayer had won three times already this year before Saturday but was languishing down the order for a Melbourne Cup run until he ran clear for jockey John Allen to score in the $750,000 Group 3.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher said afterwards that Grand Promenade, who is raced by Melbourne Cup-winning owner Gerry Ryan, could go straight into the Melbourne Cup in a little over four weeks.

"He's been racing really well all year and he's got a great base (of fitness), so he might go straight to the Cup now," said Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace. "This is the race we earmarked for him and he's achieved it, so that is very satisfying.

"He's the right horse. He's a proper two-miler. I was rapt when they went a decent tempo the whole way today.

"The team have done a really good job with this horse. He's been up all year. We gave him a freshen and Johnny Allen, it was probably a 10-out-of-10 ride.

"I was giving him a bake last night but he's just a phenomenal jockey, he's in good form and I'm rapt that he won that one."

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WATCH: Grand Promenade's win

Maher won The Bart Cummings last year with Persan, who went on to run fifth in the Melbourne Cup, and he said Grand Promenade boasts a similar formline.

Starting at $5.50, Grand Promenade had his rivals chasing a long way from home and on the line had a one-and-a-quarter-length margin over Tralee Rose ($8.50), with $51 shot Master Of Wine just a neck away in third.

Allen said Grand Promenade deserved his victory after such a consistent 2021.

"He's been a good horse to me," he said. "He's such an honest horse, always gives his all and the race couldn't have panned out any better for us today.

"He was going well and there was nice pressure on to the first bend. Brett (Prebble on Pondus) looked as if he was intent on leading and once I was happy that he was going to roll along at a good tempo, I was happy to sit in behind.

"He travelled well and I was able to pop up outside them in the straight. Probably was in front (early), as you know it is a long straight and it took a long time, but we weren't going that quick up the straight and I couldn't hear anything coming, so it was a good feeling for the last 50 yards."

Allen conceded he will struggle to get down to the horse's Cup weight of 51 kilograms.

"I think it is a bit light for me, but he'll be a good ride for someone," he said.

Symon Wilde said he was delighted with Tralee Rose's performance for second but lamented that she remained stranded outside the Melbourne Cup field.

"She was terrific and I thought Dean's (Holland) ride was superb to get her across and give her every chance," he said.

"I thought that last 100 metres, she was digging in again and with 51 kilograms, I'd love to get her into the Melbourne Cup.

"We might go Geelong Cup and hope for a win and a penalty or just take our chances (at the ballot) and see if she can sneak in."


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Goal scored against Incentivise


Incentivise wins the Turnbull Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Incentivise wins the Turnbull Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)

When Incentivise was beaten by 16 lengths in a Toowoomba maiden in late March, few racing pundits, least of all the trainers that were trackside, would have predicted the gelding’s rise to Group 1 stardom.

The race was won by Golden Goal for local trainer Tom Dougall and it’s fair to say the two horses have charted different trajectories since their clash.

Dougall laughs when he admits that there is no secret to knocking off the dual Group 1 winner – just luck and the fortune of bumping into a horse that was yet to develop his brutal race craft.

While Incentivise has gone on to win his next eight starts, including the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Golden Goal has been beaten a collective 27 lengths in three subsequent runs and was pulled up in a Class 1 at Toowoomba on Saturday when the saddle shifted.

“We were hoping that we were a chance in an 1850m maiden at Toowoomba and we fell over the line,” Dougall said.

“Around our area we thought we might squeeze another win or two out of him but it hasn’t come to fruition yet which happens to a lot of horses.

“Incentivise has gone on to do what he’s done which is incredible.

“He’s certainly heading in that (Caulfield Cup) direction."

Dougall is good mates with Incentivise’s breeder, owner and former trainer Steve Tregea and, like many that are part of the tight-knit Toowoomba training community, he’s taken great satisfaction in watching the five-year-old’s meteoric rise, first under Tregea and more recently in the care of Peter Moody.

“It’s a huge thing,” he said.

“Everyone sees the success and it’s great but Steve puts an awful lot into what he does.”

WATCH: Incentivise wins the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.


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Incentivise wins the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.

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Retired Stars: Where Are They Now?

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As the Spring Carnival continues to heat up, Racing.com has tracked down several retired gallopers to see what they were up to post-racing.

ALIZEE

Godolphin Statement:

“Alizee joined our elite broodmare band early last year and is currently residing at Godolphin Woodlands in the Hunter Valley NSW. Everyone here at Godolphin is eagerly awaiting her first foal due mid-September.”

AVILIUS

Godolphin Statement:

“Avilius is enjoying a well-deserved spell at Godolphin Kelvinside following his retirement. Avilius will join the likes of Hartnell, It’s Somewhat & Osborne Bulls as a flagbearer of our Godolphin Lifetime Care program. In the coming months, we will be looking to place him with a top equestrian rider to explore a successful second career. From what we have seen of his abilities so far, we will be aiming him towards a career within show jumping or eventing disciplines.”

BLACK HEART BART

Graeme Weinert:

“He’s loving life in Albany in WA. He shares a paddock with two mares on 1000-acre cattle farm. He also shares a paddock with some sheep and bulls too. My 16-year-old daughter Amarlie rides him all the time and takes him to some OTT stuff. He is a real quiet well-mannered horse, he does as he’s told, he’s good and Amarlie enjoys riding him.”

BEAUTY GENERATION

Dr Andrew Clarke – Living Legends CEO:

“Beauty Generation has graduated through the first steps of our Legends Under Saddle retraining program with first class honours. A good long spell to start with before round yard work without a rider and then under saddle. He has been a surprise packet with his self-carriage and natural balance. He’s relaxed into his life after racing enjoys being ridden around the garden and taking a trail ride in Woodlands Park. We can’t wait to get him out to horse shows.”


Beauty Generation.
Beauty Generation.

CHAUTAUQUA

Casey Bruce:

“Chautauqua is living his best life, he’s a happy healthy horse who loves the challenges of his new career working towards a show horse and eventually dressage. He’s been spelled over the winter and has been back in work now for four weeks in the lead up to some shows this year. Hoping Covid doesn’t cancel everything so here’s fingers crossed to getting the ‘Grey Flash’ out and about.”

Chautauqua loves a scratch


Chautauqua loves a scratch
Chautauqua loves a scratch
FINCHE

Chris Waller:

“Finche has been a wonderful horse to the stable, obviously representing us in three Melbourne Cups. He had a tendon injury and his owners have been fantastic, enabling the horse to go through a rehabilitation program prior to being rehomed. He will now go to his physio Serena and as fate would have it, Finche was the first horse that Serena met at Chris Waller Racing.”

Serena Cox:

“I've always been quite ambitious and have always wanted to compete in some form of show jumping or eventing. So, we'll see how he goes coping with the whole journey of going in that direction, I would be very keen to get him into a competition at some stage.”

GAILO CHOP

Dale Plumb:

“He arrived start after his last start in Perth early 2021. Soon after he arrived, he suffered with some travel sickness. Once he had recovered from that we started with some light work. This was covered by Horsedeals following the progress and transformation from track to hack. He lives here at DP Stud in Cardinia Victoria. He has had some time off over winter so he can think about what he has been taught so far. Gailo will be coming back into work very soon to start to prepare for some events.”


Dale Plumb & Gailo Chop only weeks after he arrived.
Dale Plumb & Gailo Chop only weeks after he arrived.
GINGERNUTS

Te Akau Racing Statement:

“Gingernuts, whose near fatal injury before the start at Flemington, captured hearts around the world. Jerry's life after racing is really an extended holiday although he does work with our young horses being educated; has led the Group 1 NZ Derby field out twice; has a stakes' race sponsored by Te Akau's David and Karyn in his honour; has helped with maths lessons for primary school pupils during lockdown - and has featured across global media, television, social and print.

“We thank our lucky stars every day we still have him. He is a very special boy with a gorgeous temperament and huge personality and is loved by so many people and looked after like our child. Jerry will live at Te Akau for the rest of his life, as he so richly deserves. He is a very special boy with a gorgeous temperament and huge personality and is loved by so many people. Jerry will live at Te Akau for the rest of his life, as he so richly deserves.”


Gingernuts
Gingernuts
HARTNELL

Godolphin Statement:

“Hartnell is thriving in his work with Sheralee Patterson and is currently being put through his paces as a show horse winning on debut back in January. He is looking fantastic and in top show condition waiting for COVID restriction to lift so he can continue his winning streak. We are looking forward to hopefully seeing him compete in some Off The Track competitions later this year.”


Hartnell loves to look at himself
Hartnell loves to look at himself
HEY DOC

Pauline Liston:

“Hey Doc has settled in really well at Three Bridges and is a great eater. He’s currently overseeing the foaling paddock and I think he’s glad he doesn’t have to do that. Now I’m trying to get him to settle and relax in his new environment, taking him slowly over trotting poles and getting him balanced. To me it’s important that he is happy, and we get to know each other and become a good team and I earn his trust. He’ll have a good life here at the farm and I would like him to be the horse I can do anything with, a real equine partner. We’ll try a bit of cross country and showing jumping and dressage and see what he enjoys. He likes chasing the cattle on the farm but not too fast – they won’t outrun him.”

JUNGLE EDGE

Mick Bell – Trainer:

“Jungle Edge was lucky enough to retire very sound with no veterinary issues. He was lucky enough to be accepted into a wonderful program called Equine Pathways which is a registered Charity that helps riders with all sorts of disabilities fulfil their equestrian potential. It is based in Harkaway and run by a wonderful lady called Julia Bantams and from all reports he has taken to his new job like a duck to water. It is certainly a great home and who knows how far he might go as disabled rider horse.”


Jungle Edge
Jungle Edge
LANKAN RUPEE

Chanelle Jenkins:

“Lankan now lives with me on the Mornington Peninsula. He is a happy horse enjoying a Covid forced holiday but can’t wait to be back out there once we are allowed.”

Chanelle's love for Lankan Rupee


Lankan Rupee - Love the Horse
Lankan Rupee - Love the Horse
LE ROMAIN

Brianna Peet:

“Le Romain is currently living his best life not far from his home track just outside of Newcastle with his two best friends Sensie, his former stablemate and my old eventing thoroughbred. He has just started his retraining in eventing, so basic dressage at this stage. Along with some road and bush rides. At this stage we will just focus on developing him correctly for the three phases of Eventing (Dressage/Cross-Country/Show jumping). We’ll also look at some Off The Track Classes and beach rides when we can.”

MALAGUERRA

Bruno Micalizzi:

“He is in good nick and has retired to Bernburra Park Agistment in Serpentine, Western Australia, under the Amazing care of Russell, Wendy, Riley Clarke and Julie. "Big Mal" is feisty as ever and pretty happy there running around the various paddocks with "Shaz" his new best friend. He loves his carrots, lots of Guinea fowl, chooks, and plenty of birdlife. He will eventually retire with me as soon as I can find a little place on a few acres that we can share.”


Malaguerra
Malaguerra
SANTA ANA LANE

Dr Andrew Clarke – Living Legends CEO:

“Came to us in great condition after a nice break from racing he has been another honours graduate from Legends Under Saddle retraining program. He is in many ways a big kid, always looking to be guided and is a fast learner. Given his successes at the highest-level sprinting on the racetrack it is perhaps not surprising that under saddle he could best be described as “…powerful, very powerful…” In addition to his strength Santa has strong carriage and natural balance so we are very excited to see him progress to a successful career as an equestrian competitor in his life after racing.”


Santa Ana Lane
Santa Ana Lane
SENSE OF OCCASION

Brianna Peet:

Sense Of Occasion is loving his new career now based also not far from his home track just out of Newcastle with his best friends Joe my seasoned TB eventer and ex-stablemate Le Romain. Sensie has been really excelling in his new sport of Eventing and showing extreme talent now competing at 95cm Level in Eventing. We are excited to see where we can go, but whilst with restrictions with competitions just training hard and hope to over the next few years to progress up the levels and possibly Qualify for The Paris Games.

SUPER JOCKEY

Dr Andrew Clarke – Living Legends CEO:

“Came to Living Legends after a sprinting career in Hong Kong and winner of the Group 1 Keeneland Korea Sprint. He had a 6-month spell in New Zealand en route to Australia, having thus completed the first step in Legends Under Saddle retraining program, i.e. the all- important good break from racing. He has shown himself to be a “Dancing With The Stars”, dressage horse from his earliest days with us. In his work in the round yard before he was ridden it was clear that he was light on his feet with a soft, supple, and very balanced action. Jock has an impressive collection of ribbons from his competition appearances, is very popular in our young riders’ program and we are looking forward to getting back to shows with him as soon as possible.”

TOM MELBOURNE

Dr Andrew Clarke – Living Legends CEO:

Very sociable horse and was star on a recent episode of Postcards. He is also very popular in our young riders program. In another life he would not be a candidate for Dancing With The Stars, he is not a dressage horse. However, Tom loves to jump and has already competed in his first jumping competition. We are certainly looking forward to getting him back out to show jumping competitions over the summer.


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SA Cups get prizemoney boost

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The Gawler and Strathalbyn Cups have received significant prizemoney increases, Racing South Australia has confirmed.

The Strathalbyn Cup, held over 2050m each January, will see prizemoney nearly double from $54,750 to $107,250, while the 1500-metre Gawler Cup, run under handicap conditions in October, has also been boosted to $107,250.

The announcement brings both provincial cups into line with the Murray Bridge and Balaklava Cups.

Racing SA CEO Nick Redin said the prizemoney injection will help continue the sport's growth momentum.

"We've made it well known our aim to is to have 300 more horses in work by the start of the 2024/25 racing season. This will in turn create more jobs in the industry, and increasing the prizemoney offered across the state will assist with this," Redin said.

"It's all part of our strategy to continue to generate growth and help our SA participants expand their businesses."

Racing SA had already announced significant prizemoney increases, worth $2.6 million.

Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club CEO Shane Collins said the club is thrilled with the prizemoney increase.

"This is a wonderful show of support to our major race of the year," Collins said.

"The Gawler Cup is steeped in history, it is an iconic race for our club and our region.

"We have worked very hard in recent times to continue to build this race and the day in its entirety."

Strathalbyn Racing Club Chairman Wade Kluske also welcomed the news.

"This investment by Racing SA into regional racing will have positive flow-on effects for the wider SA industry," Kluske said.

"The Strathalbyn Cup is a great stepping stone for staying horses to go on to the Adelaide Autumn Carnival and by increasing the prizemoney, we're going to see an upsurge in the quality of the horses competing.

"This announcement is another enhancement to our racing calendar following the prizemoney increases confirmed by Racing SA earlier this year."


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SA jumps loss inevitable


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My earliest memories of Oakbank date back to the late 1970s when as a young teenager my best mate Brenton Hiern's mum would load us all into the car and we would head to the Adelaide Hills for the Easter Carnival.

We would always arrive on course well before the opening race and take up a position on the infield alongside one of the hurdles up the back straight.

By the mid-80s I had joined Radio Station 5AA, who at that time were the racing radio station in South Australia.

I was fortunate to work in a number of roles for 5AA at Easter time, covering the famous Oakbank Carnival.

For many years we hosted live from inside the course starting at 6am, well before the gates opened.

Outside the course, cars were lined up further than the eye could see, with patrons desperate to secure their own favourite spot at the track.

Oakbank until only recently had the unique situation of utilising two broadcasters on race days and my initial calling experience there was working on the hill.

In certain races where horses travelled beyond the eyeline of the main broadcast position, a second caller would cover the action.

It was an incredible thrill to be part of the broadcast, albeit for just a few hundred metres and only in selected races where required.

Eventually, I was lucky enough to bank more than 20 years as the main commentator at Oakbank and without any hesitation I say it was my favourite meeting to work at.

I ranked it above all of the major days at Morphettville calling the Group 1s and Adelaide Cups.

Calling the genuine superstars of the jumping game was a magnificent highlight in my career.

The Jim Houlahans, Eric Musgroves, John Wheelers, Ciaron Mahers, all special names for a special Carnival.

Two incredible horses for two superb combinations actually book-ended my Great Eastern broadcasting years.

In 1995, Light Hand claimed the big race for John Wheeler and Brett Scott, amazingly as a four-year-old.

They came back and repeated the dose the following year, but unfortunately Light Hand went amiss after just one more run on the flat at Flemington and never raced again.

My final Great Eastern was taken out by another mighty Kiwi, Zed Em, who was prepared by Patrick Payne.

What a horse, who was superbly handled by Steve Pateman, one of the great riders I had the absolute pleasure to observe at Oakbank for so many carnivals.

However, sadly in the past decade from my lofty calling position atop the grandstand at Oakbank I began to observe a worrying trend.

Numbers were starting to fade both on and off the track and it was blatantly obvious for all to see.

Sure, crowd-wise the figures were still larger than most other days of racing in SA but there was no denying they had diminished extensively.

A bigger problem for the authorities was that the Easter Monday attendance was now clearly inferior to the Saturday crowd.

This was not that alarming though when you thought of other significant Monday race meetings around the country which had gone by the wayside.

Don't forget the Australian, Sydney and Brisbane Cups, just to name three, were all once staged on Mondays.

With some of the Carnival's best races including the Great Eastern Steeplechase run on the Monday, it was decided in recent years to tinker with the race days.

In my opinion, the decision was correct as surely you had to showcase your main events to the largest possible audience.

However, another big concern was on the track, where numbers were also dwindling.

Four of the past five Great Easterns only attracted five runners and thank goodness for Spying On You and Undergroundfighter, who both ran in all five.

There has been a lot of noise since Racing SA announced its decision last week to cease jumps racing in our state.

Naturally I feel for our local trainers and owners affected by this call, in particular Grant Young and Barry Brook, who have carried the load of protecting the product in recent years.

For many crying out from beyond our border of this being a wrong or poor decision, I ask where have you been in our difficult times?

Jumps racing in SA has been like the cartoon character with his or her fingernails gripping firmly to the edge of the cliff, oblivion lurking, hanging on by a thread.

Blind Freddy could see the imminent plight with falling numbers, and if as much passion was shown back then, just maybe this call could have been avoided.

I understand the passion and comprehend the frustration and annoyance of jumps lovers with Racing SA's decision.

What I am absolutely aghast about though is the disrespectful treatment of good people in our industry like Nick Redin (CEO Racing SA) and Shane Collins (CEO Oakbank) over this decision.

Chatting with Collins at the Gawler races on Monday, I was horrified to learn of some of the vile emails and messages he has received, including a death threat.

Collins has been a proud Adelaide Hills resident all of his life and he too is at pains with this decision.

He has barely missed an Oakbank race meeting, firstly as a child with his family, then as a young man with his mates, and now as a father and husband with his own young family.

Collins has another emotional tie to the course after losing his dad to a heart attack at a race meeting there a few years ago.

The challenge now for Collins and his club Oakbank, along with Racing SA, is to create a new-look Easter model without jumps racing.

Historically, Easter race-day crowds around our country are always strong and there is no reason why Oakbank cannot still thrive.

There will be those who will be choosing to boycott a jumps-free Oakbank or perhaps hoping the club suffers hardship.

That too, in my opinion, is a sad decision.


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Melham outed until March


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Ben Melham has been issued with the longest ban of any of the five Airbnb jockeys after the Victorian Racing Tribunal on Thursday handed out a suspension that sees him sidelined until March next year.

The VRT ruled that Melham be handed an additional three-month ban for providing false and misleading evidence to stewards over who attended the illegal gathering and ordered the suspension be served cumulatively with the original three-month ban imposed by Racing Victoria stewards on all five jockeys for attending the party.

The VRT also announced on Thursday that fellow rider Ethan Brown had been suspended for a further eight weeks months on the same charge as Melham but five weeks of that ban is to be suspended for two years.

VRT chairman Judge John Bowman said Melham’s penalty reflected his prior transgression of the rule. He was disqualified for two months for providing false and/or misleading evidence to stewards over betting offences with Judge Bowman noting that ‘’you have only resumed riding three months ago (May 27)’’.

Judge Bowman said the three-month penalty could be viewed by some as being “merciful’’ in the context of his offending.

He said the ban means Melham career was ‘’at the crossroads’’.

Judge Bowman said that in a third interview with stewards on August 30, Melham said he did not originally mention fellow jockey Mark Zahra’s name as he thought stewards had asked who was present when police arrived at the Airbnb property late into the night.

He said he didn’t think it relevant to mention Zahra’s name and offered to stewards “I was blind to be honest’’.

He said the tribunal took into account the promise from both Melham and Brown that they are to donate 20 per cent of their riding percentages to charity for three months following their returns to the saddle in an attempt to make-up for their COVID-19 breaches.

Last month, the VRT issued apprentice rider Celine Gaudray with a further eight-week ban for providing false and/or misleading evidence with six weeks to be suspended for two years.

Mark Zahra was also given a further eight-week ban under the same charge with the VRT ruling that four weeks could be served concurrently with the original three-month suspension.

Melbourne’s leading rider Jamie Kah too was issued with a further eight-week ban for providing false and/or misleading evidence but none of that was suspended.

She has since appealed the eight-week ban, that threatens to sideline her until late January, with the Supreme Court listing the date of October 28 to hear that appeal.


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Winx's half-sister begins journey


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Winx's half-sister by the late great champion Japanese stallion Deep Impact will be trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman and spend the spring developing in the spelling paddock.

Named City Of Lights, the two-year-old filly is the eighth foal from Winx's dam Vegas Showgirl and is the result of breeder John Camilleri sending the mare to Japan to be served in 2018.

"She's been in for a preparation with us and did a few weeks at Pinecliff," Sam Freedman said.

"She is quite straightforward with a great attitude.

"She can have the whole spring in the paddock.

"A lovely type and looks like a three-year-old type, she's very professional and showing the right signs.

"It's a big thrill to get the support for a horse like this, of course there is a little bit of pressure but hopefully she can be a 10th as good.

"She has a big shadow cast over her, but hopefully she can step out of it one day."

City Of Lights will be raced in Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds silks.


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Last season Vegas Showgirl delivered a filly by I Am Invincible who has been named Time Of My Life, while she is currently in foal to Pride Of Dubai.

Another of Winx's other half-sisters, Covent Garden, is an Exceed And Excel mare who Peter Moody trained to win her maiden at Pakenham in June, but she has since been retired and is expected to be served this season.

Other progeny from Vegas Showgirl include $2.3 million Snitzel yearling Boulder City, who stands at Riverbank Farm Stud in Victoria, while El Divino was put down in 2017 after a training accident and Win Win Leader was sold to Hong Kong but never raced.

Other daughters of Vegas Showgirl, Miss Atomb Bomb and Courcheval, are in foal this season to I Am Invincible and Capitalist respectively.

Winx herself tragically lost her foal by I Am Invincible in October last year and was not served last breeding season. Connections announced in August she would this season be served by Pierro, whose progeny include Arcadia Queen.


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Zaaki beaten as Probabeel salutes


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Probabeel (inside) winning from Nonconformist (outside), Zaaki (red and blue) and Homesman (Image: Racing Photos)

The Cox Plate is suddenly wide open following the shock defeat of hot favourite Zaaki in Saturday's Group 1 Might And Power Stakes on a firming track at Caulfield.

Zaaki was sent out the $1.28 favourite to make it six wins in a row but in a tactical race, where Homesman took off before the turn to make Zaaki sprint, the import failed to show his usual dash and instead was swamped by swoopers Probabeel and Nonconformist.

On the line, the Kiwi mare Probabeel ($8) snuck home by a nose over Nonconformist ($16), with a length-and-a-quarter to Zaaki in third.

WATCH: Probabeel's win:


Replay of Probabeel's win
Replay of Probabeel's win

After being a $1.85 Cox Plate favourite before the race, Sportsbet wound out Zaaki's price to $2.50 moments after the defeat.

The Caulfield track had been upgraded from a Good 4 to a Good 3 after the opening race.

Zaaki's rider Craig Williams told stewards after the race that he felt Zaaki had pulled up well from the run and will benefit for the hard run after racing 'fresh'.

He later said: "Disappointing that we couldn't keep his picket fence going. The positive from the race is that he's still got improvement in him.

"He was a little bit fresh and keen in the first half of the race when they put the tempo on. They outsprinted him.

"He's not as comfortable around Caulfield and even when they outsprinted him late, he still stuck on. We didn't win this battle, but the war isn't over."

It was jockey Brett Prebble fourth G1 win of the spring following triumphs on Behemoth (Memsie Stakes) and Incentivise (Makybe Diva and Tunbull Stakes).

"She was all guts," Prebble said. "I was out in the last 100 (metres). She had nothing left but every time I kept lifting, she kept trying her heart out.

"It was all guts and determination.

"It was a good finish. I actually congratulated Jordie (Childs aboard Nonconformist), which deserves a kick in the backside, but I owe him a bottle of champagne. That was bad form."

Grahame Begg was delighted with Nonconformist's run, saying he'd wanted the horse ridden cold in case the pressure was put to Zaaki.

"That's how we read the race that Homesman would put the pressure on early and we'd have last crack. We just fell short by a nose."

Nonconformist now drops to 51.5 kilograms from 59kg for next Saturday's Caulfield Cup, for which he has moved to the second line of betting at $7.50 behind Incentivise ($1.90).


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Well Craig Williams was completely outridden in this race. His ride was arrogant & when Homesman took off he was taken by surprise. He rode without respect to the other horses in the field. As a result Zaaki was "Willowed"!

Craig followed up with another gemless ride on Brooklyn Hustle in the next race. Sitting at the tail of the field behind horses that were going nowhere. Badly pocketed he never got out & is still trying to get out. The TV racing analysts really bagged the ride.

To big reports on these two rides by the stewards.

With no winners yesterday perhaps it would have been better if Craig had stayed in bed.
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Ruling imminent on Cox Plate riders


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Cox Plate favourite Zaaki still doesn't have a confirmed rider 11 days out from the race, but it is becoming increasingly likely it will be his regular jockey James McDonald.

The Victorian Department of Health will soon make a ruling on applications put forward by at least three Sydney-based riders - believed to be McDonald and fellow carnival regulars Kerrin McEvoy and Hugh Bowman - to arrive in Melbourne by Sunday (October 17) so as to undergo a mandatory quarantine period.

Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula said on Tuesday the State Government is aware of the timeframe for a decision on the applications for exemptions to travel into Victoria from Sydney.

"I think we all understand that they will need an answer really this week because if they are going to get down to Melbourne they are probably going to do that almost immediately after The Everest (this Saturday)," Pakula told RSN927's Racing Pulse.

"So sometime between now and the end of the week it will get resolved one way or another.

"But I know the connections of a number of Cox Plate chances would like to see their regular riders down here for that."

It is understood the applications for exemptions are similar to 12 months ago when a handful of Sydney-based riders left for Melbourne immediately after The Everest meeting so as to spend six days in quarantine.

A negative COVID-19 test on day six saw them released to ride at the Cox Plate meeting.

"My understanding is they are not seeking to have the jockeys come down on a fly-in, fly-out basis," Pakula said.

"I think they are seeking for them to come down on a quarantine for a number of days and get tested once or twice and they be released to ride on the Saturday.

"They have not asked the Government to approve a fly-in, fly-out application.

"My understanding is that the model that we are being asked to approve is a model that involves a number of days quarantine before they go to the racetrack."

Zaaki's rider in two races this spring in Melbourne, Craig Williams, was on Monday confirmed to partner Godolphin colt Anamoe in the Cox Plate, further fueling speculation that McDonald will be permitted to resume his association with Zaaki at The Valley on October 23.


https://www.racing.com/news/2021-10-12/news-interstate-jocke ... ate-riders

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Caulfield Cup: Barrier Draw


2020 Caulfield Cup start.<br /><br />Barriers have been drawn for the 2021 Caulfield Cup (Image: Racing Photos)
2020 Caulfield Cup start.

Barriers have been drawn for the 2021 Caulfield Cup (Image: Racing Photos)

Short-priced favourite Incentivise has drawn the outside barrier for Saturday's $5m G1 Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Incentivise will need to match the feats of Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden if he is to win the Caulfield Cup as Dunaden won the 2400-metre handicap from the outside barrier as 58kg topweight, albeit carrying 2.5kg more than what Incentivise is required to shoulder this weekend.

G2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) winner Delphi will start alongside Incentivise as Damien Oliver's quest to equal Scobie Breasley's record of five Caulfield Cup wins begins from a wide draw.

Last Saturday's G1 Might And Power Stakes (2000m) runner-up Nonconformist was another to draw wide, with gate 16 randomly selected.

Leading chances that drew closer to the inside rail were Explosive Jack (barrier one), Wednesday's G3 Coongy Cup winner Duais (barrier three) and Young Werther (barrier eight).

The full barrier draw for the Caulfield Cup can be viewed below.

Caulfield – Saturday
Race 9, 5:10pm - $5m G1 Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m)

1 HOMESMAN (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Jordan Childs (13) 55.5kg
2 INCENTIVISE (Peter Moody) Brett Prebble (20) 55.5kg
3 EXPLOSIVE JACK (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace) John Allen (1) 54kg
4 THE CHOSEN ONE (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman) Damian Lane (9) 54kg
5 OCEAN BILLY (Chris Waller) Damian Thornton (7) 53.5kg
6 SELINO (Chris Waller) Fred Kersley (17) 53.5kg
7 PERSAN (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace) Linda Meech (11) 53kg
8 QUICK THINKER (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman) Declan Bates (14) 53kg
9 CHAPADA (Michael Moroney) Daniel Stackhouse (18) 52.5kg
10 DELPHI (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Damien Oliver (19) 52.5kg
11 MASTER OF WINE (Hawkes Racing) Dean Holland (10) 52.5kg
12 MONTEFILIA (David Payne) Jye McNeil (12) 52kg
13 PORT GUILLAUME (Ben & JD Hayes) Harry Coffey (6) 52kg
14 SHE'S IDEEL (Bjorn Baker) Craig Newitt (5) 52kg
15 YOUNG WERTHER (Danny O'Brien) Daniel Moor (8) 52kg
16 NONCONFORMIST (Grahame Begg) Craig Williams (16) 51.5kg
17 DUAIS (Edward Cummings) Michael Dee (3) 51kg
18 CHARMS STAR (Chris Waller) Dean Yendall (4) 50kg

EMERGENCIES

19 GREAT HOUSE (Chris Waller) Not Notified (2) 50kg
20 CONSTANTINOPLE (Aaron Purcell) Not Notified (15) 50kg


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Wide draws creates compelling Cup


Incentivise, ridden by Brett Prebble, wins the Turnbull Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
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Peter Moody paraded Incentivise for cameras at Pakenham on Wednesday morning and described then even-money Caulfield Cup favourite as a "pretty bulletproof type of horse".

The release of Caulfield Cup barriers on Wednesday evening ensures the necessity to be bulletproof as he's certain to face a few shots from the outside barrier.

Incentivise carries the 'protective vest' of 55.5kg, a handicap that in my view ensures he is well in at the weights. He could be carrying 2kg less if he didn't win the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) first up, as Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter stated at the release of Cups weights last month.

Incentivise would have been unbackable, and probably unbeatable irrespective of barrier, with such a weight.

The dual Group 1 winner also could be carrying 1.5kg more if not for a recent rule change which sees no requirement for a minimum topweight of 57kg in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

The luxury of carrying just 55.5kg in Saturday's $5m Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m) should allow Incentivise to work a little extra through the first 800 metres of the race to find the position in running Brett Prebble desires.

However, having his 17 rivals all drawn underneath means that Prebble may not easily bully his way to the front of the field.

"I've just finished race riding here (at Caulfield on Wednesday) and I haven't dissected the barrier draw, I was just having a shower and washing my gear," Prebble said.

"(Barrier) 20 is 20 and let us see how much real speed is in the race. Whether he takes it up or sits second, third or fourth. He doesn't have to lead, he has led because of weight-for-age, slow run races.

"He's a big boy with a long stride, he's got that bit of room with nothing alongside him so if he doesn't obviously jump as fast as the others than he can build and work up into a position that is going to be more favourable to him.

"There's pluses and minuses. I actually didn't want to draw barrier one on him because I would really need to ask him to build his speed up early, we did that last time and got away with it over a shorter distance and it was a weight-for-age race.

"It's always an interesting race this one coming up and nothing looks anything different at the moment. We'll let the dust settle after today, go home and work it out, talking to the owners and trainer."

There aren't too many recognised on-pace runners in the Caulfield Cup but equal topweight Homesman and Delphi could prove headache material for Incentivise in finding his way to the front.

Delphi is drawn directly underneath Incentivise and Damien Oliver, who has won four Caulfield Cups and on the verge of matching Scobie Breasley's record of five, will not easily concede any tactical advantage.

Delphi prior to joining Anthony and Sam Freedman was trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, leading throughout in three consecutive races which led to his acquisition by Australian interests.

Delphi, at his final Irish start as a Northern Hemisphere three-year-old, made use of a 5.5kg weight advantage on subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Master of Reality in last year's G3 Irish St Leger Trial (2816m) at the Curragh, gripping on to score by a short head.

Rider Seamie Heffernan declared Delphi one of the most genuine horses he's ever ridden following the Irish St Leger Trial.

Oliver, in shedding weight to ride Delphi a half-kilo over at 53kg which is his lowest riding weight since the 2009 Melbourne Cup, knows he's got a horse who won't shy away from an on-pace battle.

"I think he will give it (the Caulfield Cup) a shake because he can put himself up on the pace, he's got no weight and he can sustain a gallop," Oliver said following Delphi's win in last Saturday's G2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).

"When you get horses in good form out of this race (the Herbert Power), you've got to really consider them. He's a proper European stayer."

Delphi has just 2.5kg to spare on Incentivise in the Caulfield Cup and Oliver after the barrier draw took plenty of notice of where Incentivise drew.

"I see the favourite (Incentivise) has drawn out there with us so it looks like we'll be coming over together and see how it goes from there," Oliver said.

"He's a forward runner regardless (of barrier), you always want to draw better of course but with the favourite outside us there we will be able to come over together and keep an eye on each other I suppose."

Then there's the Homesman, who shares equal topweight status with Incentivise. Homesman, arguably, brought about Zaaki's demise in last Saturday's G1 Might And Power (2000m), settling outside No Effort, controlling the pace of the race and increasing the tempo a long way from home.

Will Jordan Childs employ similar aggressive on-pace tactics aboard Homesman, ambush Incentivise before the home turn and detonate the race?

"He's a pretty versatile horse, he can put himself anywhere," Childs said. "I see that Incentivise, the favourite, has drawn out in 20 so he's probably a go forward horse too. He (Homesman) usually doesn't put himself too far away so without talking to the team, that's where I think he (Homesman) will be (in running)."

There's no shortage of swoopers that will be poised to pounce if Incentivise gets tangled in an on-pace scuffle, primarily Nonconformist, The Chosen One and Montefilia.

The Caulfield Cup barrier draw has designed a compelling contest. Backers of Incentivise now won't be forced to take evens while the rest of the field now have hope.


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2021 Caulfield Cup Field
2021 Caulfield Cup Field

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See my post above, on October 7th, at 15:55:44 pm:


"Melham outed until March"


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Here's my picks for

The Everest - Eduardo (and I'll also go Gytrash 'cause of the going). Nature Strip and Classique Legend may be the two to beat but I'm happy to play around them

Caulfield Cup: In no particular order, Master of Wine, Montefelia and Persan. Again, Incentivise is grabbing all the headlines but he'll have to be truly outstanding from the car park.

Good luck and happy punting.

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Oh and Craig was definitely pushed off Zaaki
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Souvenir cover for the 2021 Caulfield Cup.<br /><br />Unfortunately due to Covid the Caulfield South Post Office is closed on Saturday morning, so no Caulfield Cup day cancel available.
Souvenir cover for the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

Unfortunately due to Covid the Caulfield South Post Office is closed on Saturday morning, so no Caulfield Cup day cancel available.

Incentivise to win the Caulfield Cup from the outside barrier, just as Bunratty Castle did in 1968.

As for that ungraded race in Sydney - Gytrash. :)
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Holland: I was inches from death


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Competing daily in one of the world's most-dangerous sports, Dean Holland is no stranger to putting his life on the line.

But it was an off-track close call that the 33-year-old says almost cost him his life.

At 5am on Tuesday, Holland was driving to Terang to work Melbourne Cup hopeful Tralee Rose when on a pitch-black back road, a truck carrying an oversized load appeared from nowhere.

A frantic Holland swerved desperately - narrowly avoiding the truck's cabin but his vehicle was clipped by an overhanging water tank.

"I sort of swerved to miss him and he took off my rear vision mirror, which came back and smashed my window, I reckon two more inches and I was brown bread (dead)," a relieved Holland said.

"There were no flashing lights, I couldn't see it, I probably had not even a car width to swerve into."

It was a hair-raising encounter for the hoop, who was forced to pull over to regain his composure and inspect the considerable damage to his family car.


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"I'm just glad I didn't have my kids in the car with me," Holland said. "I could only see where my headlights go, and that's it."

Holland admits he's no stranger to close calls, but this one was on another level.

"I'm used to clipping heels most days of the week, so I like to live on the edge, but after this I had to have a few deep breaths," he said.

With the scare now behind him, Holland's focus is back on riding winners.

The in-form hoop rides the third favourite, Aussie Nugget, in Friday's Moe Cup, and has five chances in town on Saturday, including Master Of Wine ($27) in the Caulfield Cup.


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Sir Dragonet euthanised after 'catastrophic injury' in gallop

Trainer Ciaron Maher has paid tribute to Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet following the horse's death on Saturday.

Sir Dragonet, winner of the 2020 Cox Plate, was euthanised after suffering an injury during a gallop at Moonee Valley.

Maher, who trained the six-year-old stallion along with David Eustace, spoke to Channel Seven from Saturday's Caulfield Cup meeting.

"He was doing a routine gallop at the Valley. This preparation was going very similar to last year," Maher said.

"Ben Allen knows the horse quite well and he was just sitting off another horse, hadn't really got into their work yet and were just starting to increase and he (Allen) said [he didn't know] whether he put his foot down a bit funny or what.

"He sustained a catastrophic injury to his near foreleg. It's a pretty hard pill to swallow.

"He probably wasn't too far off having a career at stud the staff and everyone he was obviously a favourite. A tough day for the stable."

Maher's team broke the tragic news on Saturday morning.

"We're heartbroken to announce that Sir Dragonet has broken down during a piece of work at Moonee Valley this morning and was euthanised on course," a statement read.

"In the year that the Dragon has been in our care, he has won our hearts with his exploits both on and off the track.

"Our condolences go out to his owners, connections and all who cared for this wonderful horse.

"It has left a hole in our hearts but we're forever thankful for our time with him and he will forever remain a Cox Plate champion. Rest easy Dragon."

Sydney-based Glen Boss had been booked to ride Sir Dragonet in the Cox Plate next Saturday.
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Yes very sad news.

Ben Allen rode Mileva to victory today in Races 8 at Caulfield. It must have been trying time for him today.
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Nature Strip wins The Everest


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Chris Waller trained his second Everest winner as Nature Strip won Australia's richest race on turf at the third attempt at Randwick on Saturday.

Nature Strip ($3.70 favourite) and Eduardo ($4.20) were heavily supported in betting to win the $15 million sprint and both market leaders were sent forward in search of the lead, with Home Affairs ($12) holding the rail through the first half of the race.

James McDonald controlled the pace aboard Nature Strip, racing at the girth of stablemate Home Affairs ($12), and then moved into the lead upon straightening, opening a two-length break on Eduardo with 200 metres remaining.

Masked Crusader ($12), who was the slowest to leave the barriers, weaved a passage through from last under Tommy Berry to give Nature Strip a late fright but fell short of victory by a long head.


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Nature Strip wins Everest

"He's got the highest rating as a sprinter for a reason, that gave me some confidence and he's justified it today," Waller said.

"When he crossed the line it certainly hit home that it's a big race that is taking over Australia."

Waller said Nature Strip, pending a positive recovery from The Everest, will have his next start in the $2m Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 6.

Unplaced in his two previous Everest starts, Nature Strip provided Waller with his second win after Yes Yes Yes succeeded in race-record time two years ago, while McDonald joins Kerrin McEvoy (three wins) and Glen Boss on the Everest honour roll as winning riders.


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Incentivise dominates Caulfield Cup.


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The opposition rode to beat Incentivise in the Caulfield Cup but couldn't do so as Australia's newest star won his third-consecutive Group 1 race and extended his winning streak to nine on Saturday.

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise ($2.30 favourite) was five wide out of the straight the first time under Brett Prebble and settled in third position, before peeling out to join the leaders at the 800-metre mark.

Prebble pushed Incentivise into the lead around the home turn and despite not handling the bend alongside Persan, kicked into another gear in the straight, surging clear for a 3.5-length win.

Nonconfirmist ($9) finished second, with Persan ($31) and Montefilia ($18) filling the top-four positions.

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Incentivate win's 2021 Caulfield Cup

"There's 17 other jockeys and they've all got their opinion how the race is going to run and I was mindful that they weren't just going to give him a soft lead," Prebble said.

"The way the race was run today, there was a fair bit of wind out there, it was a little bit windy. I thought 'I'm definitely going to get cover, even if it is on the side there for the first 1200 metres'.

"He doesn't over-race, he doesn't waste his energy like some of the others do. Damien's (Delphi) was a bit aggressive.

"I was surprised, he came off the bridle a bit sooner than I would have liked. I showed him the whip before the home turn. All that is telling me is look out Melbourne Cup, he is going to eat up the 3200 metres.

"He is exciting. He is probably one of the most exciting horses I've ridden."

Moody was full of gratitude post-race, thanking Incentivise's former trainer Steve Tregea and his ownership group, led by Brae Sokolski and Ozzie Kheir, in entrusting him with the horse, as well as his family and stable staff.

"It's unbelievable," Moody said. "Caulfield was my home for 16 or 17 years and (I) trained a couple of thousand winners here. Never this one. Very important to win it."

Incentivise firmed to $5 for the Cox Plate with Sportsbet, on the third line of betting behind Zaaki and Anamoe while he remains favourite for the Melbourne Cup at $3.50.

The winning margin was the widest in the Caulfield Cup since Might And Power won the richest 2400-metre handicap in the world by 7.5 lengths in 1997.

Might And Power received a 3.5kg weight penalty - from 52.5kg to 56kg - for the Melbourne Cup and denied Doriemus by the barest of margins at his next start in 'the race that stops a nation'.

All eyes are now on Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter to see what weight penalty he will give Incentivise for the $8m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Any weight penalty, typically announced on the Monday after the race, may influence whether connections choose to contest next Saturday's $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), with acceptances to be taken for that race on Tuesday morning.


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It really was a dominant win by Incentivise :!:

Whilst you always want a win when you have a punt, I almost didn’t mind a 3rd (Persan) and a 4th (Montefilia) behind such an emphatic performance…

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Sir Dragonet part owned by A &quot;Ozzie&quot; Kheir is euthanised after a track accident on Caulfield Cup day morning.
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Incentivise mends a broken heart


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Saturday began with tears and it finished the same way for owner Ozzie Kheir.

The tears were flowing moments after Kheir got out of his shower at about 7:30am when he saw numerous messages and texts on his phone. Such action so early in the morning was never going to be good news but, even so, Kheir was left breathless and with a broken heart when he opened the first one.

The messages informed him that Sir Dragonet, his Cox Plate champion of just 51 weeks ago, had broken a leg and been euthanised at the same venue of his 2020 heroics, The Valley, on Saturday morning.

"They say that about racing, to enjoy the highs while they are there because the lows will come around as they did this morning," Kheir said on Saturday evening.

"I woke to the news in the morning and I was a mess. My heart was melted and I literally couldn't think of watching a race.

"I went for a walk for about three hours to clear my head and I just couldn't stop thinking about it. We love that horse and I am going to really miss him.

"To be honest, I couldn't think of anything that could cheer me up. Nothing."

There was one thing in the back of his mind, but he dared not contemplate it.

Just a few months ago, he and fellow owner Brae Sokolski, who also part-owned Sir Dragonet with him, made a big move to buy a 50 per cent share in emerging Queensland galloper Incentivise and he was the pin-up horse for the afternoon's Caulfield Cup.

Kheir, like racing fans across the country, watched agape as Incentivise came from the widest barrier of 18 and was still five-wide turning out of the straight the first time. He finally found a position before jockey Brett Prebble asked Incentivise to go again before the home corner. And go he did.

On the line, his 3.5-length margin over Nonconformist was the largest winning margin in a Caulfield Cup since the legendary Might And Power in 1997.

"We've got a very, very special horse on our hands," Kheir said.

"We will savor this moment and enjoy it. I do think this horse will become a cult hero and be something really special and be a horse that people will look back at and love watching his replays.

"I'm back. It's taken all day but I'm back. It was just such an amazing win and he's an amazing horse. I'll never forget that run today, as I'll never forget Sir Dragonet."

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And who is Ozzie Kheir?


https://resimaxgroup.com.au/about/

& here is his CEO:


2008 Beijing Olympics Pole Vault Gold Medalist
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It appears he is a very big horse owner & I quote from article written on 25th October 2020:
‘’It’s hard to believe the last 12 months,’’ he said. ‘’We’ve won an Everest (Yes Yes Yes), a Blue Diamond (Tagaloa), a handful of group 1s with Verry Elleegant and now a Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.’’

‘’It’s hard to believe the last 12 months,’’ he said. ‘’We’v ... x Plate.’’

I understand he was also part owner of 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist.


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Wow that is quite extraordinary, talk about through ringer and on to the roller coaster :o

That’s some joining of the dots you’ve done there Brad with finding Hooker as the CEO.....
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Incentivise handed Melbourne Cup penalty


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Incentivise will carry 57kg in the $8m G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) after being penalised 1.5kg for his emphatic Caulfield Cup win.

Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria's Executive General Manager of Racing, described Incentivise as "arguably the most impressive Caulfield Cup victor since Might And Power", sharing that honour with 2016 winner Jameka.

However, Carpenter resisted the temptation of allocating 2kg which is the equal highest weight penalty Carpenter has given for a Caulfield Cup winner in Melbourne Cup contention since handicapping both Cups from 2005.

“Incentivise was imperious in winning the Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup on Saturday and, along with Jameka in 2016, arguably the most impressive Cup victor since Might and Power won by 7.5 lengths and broke the track record in 1997," Carpenter said in a statement.

“Incentivise faces new challenges at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, extending to 3200 metres for the first time and tackling international contenders in defending champion Twilight Payment and world class English stayer Spanish Mission.

“That said, those who finished well behind him on Saturday were entitled to some relief in the weights come Flemington. With second placegetter Nonconformist not entered for the Lexus Melbourne Cup, his nearest Caulfield Cup rival was 5.25 lengths in arrears.

“In the context of modern Cup history, a 1.5kg penalty and Incentivise’s new weight of 57kg represents a significant challenge for the newest star of Australian racing to deliver trainer Peter Moody his first Melbourne Cup victory, but it’s one that is not insurmountable given his current form.”

Incentivise won the $5m G1 Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m) by 3.5 lengths, the widest margin since Might And Power in 1997, carrying equal topweight of 55.5kg.

Might And Power, under Carpenter's predecessor Jim Bowler, received the heaviest Caulfield Cup weight penalty ahead of the Melbourne Cup, rising 3.5kg from 52.5kg to 56kg.

The 1.5kg penalty is the same afforded to Jameka after her dominant victory in the 2016 Caulfield Cup. She carried 54.5kg, with weights raised 0.5kg at final acceptances, when ultimately finishing 15th in the Melbourne Cup.

The last male horse to win the Melbourne Cup with 57kg or more was Gold And Black in 1977. Champion mare Makybe Diva won her third consecutive Melbourne Cup carrying 58kg in 2005.

MELBOURNE CUP PENALTIES TO CAULFIELD CUP WINNERS SINCE 1980

2020 – VERRY ELLEEGANT (5M) +0.5kg to 55.5kg, 7th.
2019 – MER DE GLACE (5H) +1kg to 56kg, 6th.
2018 – BEST SOLUTION (5H) No penalty to 57.5kg, 8th.
2017 – BOOM TIME (6G) +1kg to 53kg, 15th.
2016 – JAMEKA (4M) +1.5kg to 54.5kg, 15th.
2015 – MONGOLIAN KHAN (4H) +1kg to 56kg, Did not run.
2014 – ADMIRE RAKTI (7H) +0.5kg to 58.5kg, 22nd.
2013 – FAWKNER (6G) +1.5kg to 54.5kg, 6th.
2012 – DUNADEN (7H) +1kg to 59kg, 14th.
2011 – SOUTHERN SPEED (4M) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
2010 – DESCARADO (4G) +1.5kg to 54kg, Failed to finish.
2009 – VIEWED (6H) +1kg to 58kg, 7th.
2008 – ALL THE GOOD (6H) +2kg to 55kg, Did not run.
2007 – MASTER O'REILLY (5G) +1.5kg to 53kg, 8th.
2006 – TAWQEET (5H) +2kg to 55.5kg, 19th.
2005 – RAILINGS (4G) +2kg to 54kg, 14th.
2004 – ELVSTROEM (4H) +2.5kg to 56.5kg, 4th.
2003 – MUMMIFY (4G) +2.5kg to 55kg, Did not run.
2002 – NORTHERLY (6G) +2kg to 60kg, Did not run.
2001 – ETHEREAL (4M) +2kg to 52kg, Won.
2000 – DIATRIBE (4H) +2.5kg to 55kg, 11th.
1999 – SKY HEIGHTS (4G) +1.5kg to 56.5kg, 17th.
1998 – TAUFAN'S MELODY (8G) +2.5kg to 56kg, 4th.
1997 – MIGHT AND POWER (4G) +3.5kg to 56kg, Won.
1996 – ARCTIC SCENT (4M) +3kg to 51.5kg, 12nd.
1995 – DORIEMUS (5G) +3kg to 54.5kg, Won.
1994 – PARIS LANE (4G) +3kg to 54.5kg, 2nd.
1993 – FRAAR (6H) +2kg to 56kg, 13th.
1992 – MANNERISM (4M) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
1991 – LET'S ELOPE (4M) +2.5kg to 51kg, Won.
1990 – SYDESTON (5G) +2.5kg to 58.5kg, 11th.
1989 – COLE DIESEL (5G) +1kg to 53kg, 16th.
1988 – IMPOSERA (4M) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
1987 – LORD REIMS (6G) +2.5kg to 54.5kg, Did not run.
1986 – MR LOMONDY (6G) +2kg to 56.5kg, 8th.
1985 – TRISTARC (4M) +3kg to 52.5kg, 8th.
1984 – AFFINITY (5G) +2.5kg to 55.5kg, 6th.
1983 – HAYAI (4H) +2kg to 55kg, 15th.
1982 – GURNER'S LANE (4G) +3kg to 56kg, Won.
1981 – SILVER BOUNTY (4H) Not entered in Melbourne Cup.
1980 – MING DYNASTY (7G) No penalty to 58kg, 17th.

* Jameka had 0.5kg penalty and weights were raised 0.5kg in Caulfield Cup.
** Master O'Reilly won Caulfield Cup with 50kg, 3kg penalty - 1.5kg for Herbert Power and 1.5kg for Caulfield Cup.
*** Cole Diesel won Caulfield Cup with 50kg, 3.5kg penalty - 2.5kg for Toorak Handicap and 1kg for Caulfield Cup (Cole Diesel had 49.5kg in Melbourne Cup).


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Incentivise - last 5

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I think Greg Carpenter's penalty of 1.5kgs was a little harsh. I think 1kg would have been enough given he had already been given 2kgs after his Makybe Diva win. The 3.5kgs is the equivalent penalty to that of Might And Power & means Incentivise will carry 57kgs compared to Might And Power's 56kgs.
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2021 Cox Plate: Barrier draw



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Zaaki has drawn barrier six and will meet nine rivals in Saturday's $5m G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley.

The Cox Plate favourite was the fourth horse drawn with connections opting to start from barrier six with gates three to five occupied.

Zaaki's main market rival is Anamoe, one of three three-year-olds in the Cox Plate field. Anamoe will jump from the outside barrier, Captivant from the inside barrier while Northern Hemisphere three-year-old State of Rest will exit gate eight.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club committee overlooked the acceptance of Japanese Group 1 winner Keiai Nautique, omitting the horse trained by Matthew Smith from the non-capacity field.

Below is the field for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.

$5m G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m)

1 ZAAKI (Annabel Neasham) James McDonald (6) 59kg
2 DALASAN (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas) Daniel Moor (3) 59kg
3 GOLD TRIP (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace) Damien Oliver (2) 59kg
4 CALLSIGN MAV (John Bary) Luke Nolen (5) 59kg
5 MO'UNGA (Annabel Neasham) Hugh Bowman (4) 59kg
6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (Chris Waller) Damian Lane (9) 59kg
7 PROBABEEL (Jamie Richards) Brett Prebble (7) 57kg
8 STATE OF REST (Joseph O'Brien) John Allen (8) 57kg
9 ANAMOE (James Cummings) Craig Williams (10) 49.5kg
10 CAPTIVANT (Peter & Paul Snowden) Dean Yendall (1) 49.5kg


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