Royal Ascot 2013: weird and wonderful hats
Al Kazeem (right) edging out Mukhadram in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Al Kazeem gets up in Prince of Wales’s thriller
Report, Royal Ascot, Wednesday
Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f, 4yo+
JAMES DOYLE rode a first Royal Ascot winner as Al Kazeemnailed front-running Mukhadram in a pulsating finish to the the feature race on day two of the meeting.
Five Cox Plate Invitees contested the Gr 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, watch the replay here…
Smerdon to appeal $10,000 fine over Oliver bet scandal
- June 20, 2013Patrick Bartley
Appeal: Robert Smerdon. Photo: Damian White
Leading trainer Robert Smerdon will appeal the $10,000 fine for his part in the Damien Oliver betting scandal.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal knocked back his appeal against his conviction for conduct prejudicial to the image of racing but the trainer still has the avenue to fight the fine, which he says he will do. ”We’ll make a submission on penalty,” Smerdon said.
The Caulfield trainer was fined for delivering $11,000 in cash given to him by Mark Hunter to pass on to Oliver as winnings from an illegal bet made by the jockey.
The money was the settlement of a bet Hunter placed on behalf of Oliver on Miss Octopussy, the winner of a race at Moonee Valley in which Oliver rode another horse. Read the rest of this entry »
Drug claims against trainer Dean Binaisse quashed
- MATT STEWART
- HERALD SUN
- JUNE 19, 2013 10:00PM
Trainer Dean Binaisse was grilled three times by stewards about whether he had used peptides on his horses. Picture: Darren Tindale Source: Herald Sun
AFTER a harrowing six weeks, trainer Dean Binaisse was yesterday cleared of allegations of peptide use on his horses.
Samples taken from several of Binaisse’s horses tested negative to peptides this month but the trainer had to endure further inquiries from stewards yesterday.
Stewards grilled him three times about whether he had used peptides on his horses, or had authorised their use, and he responded: “No sir.” Read the rest of this entry »
Adelaide trainer Gordon Richards certain Belfast Boy can turn tables in Victorian Sprint series
- TOM BIDDINGTON
- THE ADVERTISER
- JUNE 19, 2013 10:00PM
Belfast Boy, ridden here by jockey Amy Herrmann, has won almost $350,000 in prizemoney and has a good record down the Flemington straight. Picture: Nigel Parsons Source: Herald Sun
GORDON Richards is confident straight-track specialist Belfast Boy can bounce back to form in Saturday’s heat of the Victorian Sprint Series (1100m) at Flemington.
The Morphettville-based trainer believes his gun sprinter will be more than competitive in an even race, and says punters should forgive his last start effort where he finished last at the same track.
“I think he’s in it up to his ears,” Richards told The Advertiser.
“I thought he was last time too but he went off in the gates and missed the start, it was disappointing.
“He can run 56.2 (seconds for the 1000m) when he had 59kg on his back and the other day they ran 57.7, so I thought if everything had been equal he would’ve run a better race than what he did. Read the rest of this entry »
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Horse racing broadcast rights management company TVN is set to appoint former pay television executive Bruce Mann as its chief executive. He has pipped former Seven West Media CFO Peter Lewis for the $800,000 a year gig.
Mann was one of several very well remunerated executives – along with CEO John Porter and Nikki Warburton (wife of V8 Supercars boss James Warburton) – who departed Austar and its subsidiaries (with sacks of cash) after last year’s merger with Foxtel.
Undoubtedly, Mann – who is married to Stephanie Atkinson, daughter of former Brisbane Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson – has taken quite a pay cut.
For a decade he ran Austar and Foxtel joint venture XYZ Networks, which operates (among others) the LifeStyle Channel, [V], the Weather Channel and Arena.
TVN’s leadership has been troubled for months. Former News Limited boss John Hartigan refused to assume the chair, calling the board “dysfunctional”.