O’Brien’s Cox Plate bid revives memories of famous Cup stoush   Leave a comment

O’Brien’s Cox Plate bid revives memories of famous Cup stoush

Date
October 20, 2014 – 4:41PM
Aidan O'Brien's three Cup runners blaze a trail in 2008 before fading.Aidan O’Brien’s three Cup runners blaze a trail in 2008 before fading. Photo: John Donegan

The reappearance of an Aidan O’Brien runner in Saturday’s Cox Plate revives memories of a famous stoush six years ago between the international trainer and a Victorian chief steward.

It involves the 2008 Melbourne Cup which was a landmark day for steward Terry Bailey. Apart from the fact that he was chairing his first Cup, the afternoon and early evening was hectic. Stewards were run off their feet putting out spot fires.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

A mare bought as a three day event prospect has started a chain of events leading to one of the most popular horses in the country   Leave a comment

He’s No Runaway Tractor!

Tara Madgwick – Tuesday, 21 October 2014
A mare bought as a three day event prospect has started a chain of events leading to one of the most popular horses in the country, who will take his place in the Group I MVRC Cox Plate at Moonee Valley this Saturday.

The Cleaner - Darryl Sherer

The Cleaner – Darryl Sherer

He’s the pride of the Tasmanian breeding and racing industry and seven year-old gelding The Cleaner has a shot at this year’s Cox Plate after scoring a typically bold, front-running victory in the Group II MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley last month followed by an equally tenacious victory in the Group III MVRC JRA Cup over the Cox Plate course.

The saga of Tassie trainer Mick Burles and his much loved stable star has captivated racing fans all over the country and when he turns for home in front on Saturday, The Cleaner will have the crowd behind him all the way.

A $10,000 Magic Millions Tasmania purchase for his trainer from the Atkins draft, The Cleaner has won 18 races from 43 starts earning some $848,271 for his lucky owners – Jim Lowish, Bill Fawdry and Paul Burt.

A half-brother to Tasmanian stakes-winners Private Nip and Strait Dash, The Cleaner was bred by well-known Tasmanian equestrian identities Owen and Sandra Atkins.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Whackety whack: racing industry needs to call time on a fair crack of the whip   Leave a comment

Whackety whack: racing industry needs to call time on a fair crack of the whip

The use of the whip remains racing’s biggest problem. Picture: Colleen Petch

The use of the whip remains racing’s biggest problem. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

HERE is racing’s problem. The whip. The industry and the sport do not have the courage to ban it. Those who run the thoroughbred business know that the padded ­instrument hurts horses when a jockey hits his mount with all his strength. That is why the use of the whip is restricted. There are limits to how many times you can get stuck into your horse before a race reaches its last 100m. After that, though, you can do your darndest then. Whack. Whack. Whack. Oh, and whack again. Whackety, whack, whack.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Bachman moves from winker to blinker for Victoria Derby   Leave a comment

Bachman moves from winker to blinker for Victoria Derby
Greg Denham
THE AUSTRALIAN
OCTOBER 21, 2014 12:00AM
ROSEHILL trainer Gerald Ryan will make a gear change to Victoria Derby fancy Bachman in the Group 1 classic at Flemington on Saturday week.

The astute horseman will take the winkers off and replace them with blinkers in the 2500m staying test for three-year-olds.

“Corey Brown suggested putting the blinkers back on him,” Ryan said. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Buffering and Lankan Rupee at good odds for Manikato Stakes   Leave a comment

Buffering and Lankan Rupee at good odds for Manikato Stakes

Date
October 20, 2014 – 5:49PM
Oddity: Buffering beats Lucky Nine in last year’s Manikato.Oddity: Buffering beats Lucky Nine in last year’s Manikato. Photo: Getty Images

Buffering’s trainer Robert Heathcote is scratching his head at how his old warrior and Lankan Rupee are not the favourites for the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

“Blokes get paid a lot of money to set betting markets but haven’t they won seven group-1 sprints between them in the past year?” he asked. “I was thinking there must be something wrong with them because they have been there and performed before. The others haven’t.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Trainer Paul Beshara has Happy Trails ready to go one better in Cox Plate   Leave a comment

Trainer Paul Beshara has Happy Trails ready to go one better in Cox Plate

Date
October 20, 2014 – 5:08PM
Paul Beshara with Happy Trails.Paul Beshara with Happy Trails: “He certainly likes the Valley and I would expect him to be better suited with the way the race is going to be run this time around.” Photo: Getty Images

Happy Trails, a group-1 winner during the past two springs, has trainer Paul Beshara bullish as he looks to go one better in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

“I think he is better and stronger this year. He might be seven but he keeps improving,” Beshara said of his $11,000 buy that has earned more than $2 million in prizemoney. “It is hard to say a run where you got beaten [in last year's Cox Plate] was better than his group-1 wins in the Turnbull and Emirates, but in many ways it was.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Melbourne Cup power rankings   Leave a comment

Melbourne Cup power rankings

Date
October 20, 2014 – 3:52PM

1. Admire Rakti $4.60

Caulfield Cup winner that was penalised half a kilogram for his success on Saturday. Some would suggest that penalty was probably not enough. Form suggests he will be better suited at 3200m.

2. Fawkner $13

Last year’s Caulfield Cup winner and the favourite for Saturday’s Cox Plate, which has proved to be the best Australian form line for the Big One in the past few years. He could challenge for favouritism if he wins on Saturday.

3. Red Cadeaux $21

Getting on in years but has twice been runner-up at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November. Reportedly as happy as ever at Werribee and heads to Geelong for a change of scenery on Tuesday.

4. Willing Foe $21

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 21, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 382 other followers

%d bloggers like this: