Disappointed Gai Waterhouse lashes out at turf club over track strategy
- March 9, 2014 – 4:13PM
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald
Gai Waterhouse has blasted Warwick Farm and the Australian Turf Club’s perceived strategies with tracks.
The first group 1 meeting of the autumn was not a happy hunting ground for Waterhouse as Sweet Idea, Spurtonic, Our Desert Warrior and two-year-old Wandjina did no live up to expectations. Each featured in the stewards’ report, leading to a remarkable broadside for the club and Warwick Farm, which Waterhouse says should be converted into a training centre only.
“The club is just window dressing and everyone knows it,” Waterhouse said. “The power is with Racing NSW because they got the money for the grandstand [at Randwick] and should step in. On Saturday we had three wonderful tracks empty while we raced at Warwick Farm. I don’t know why we race there – it is simply not up to standard. It should just be a training centre. Every time we race there is a track bias and the form doesn’t stand up. Read the rest of this entry »
Roy Higgins dies suddenly, aged 75
- March 9, 2014
Patrick Bartley, Tim Habel
Roy Higgins celebrates after winning the 1967 Melbourne Cup on Red Handed.
Roy Higgins, one of Australia’s greatest jockeys, died suddenly on Saturday night in the Melbourne Private Hospital.
Higgins, 75, won a record 11 Melbourne jockeys’ premierships and 2312 winners despite a constant battle with weight and was a revered figure of the Australian turf.
Dubbed ”the Professor”, Higgins won most of Australia’s major races, including two Melbourne Cups on Light Fingers (1965) and Red Handed (1967) for Bart Cummings in one of the great partnerships in the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
Fiorente and Lankan Rupee ready to tackle world’s best
- March 9, 2014
Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup have identified Australia’s best sprinter and stayer, and both will compete for many millions of dollars in the coming weeks in Sydney before seeking international fame by the end of the year.
High-class stayer Fiorente comfortably completed the Melbourne Cup-Australian Cup double, while Lankan Rupee showed that he too is a world-class galloper with an easy win in the Newmarket. Read the rest of this entry »
Black Opal riches bring stars to Canberra
The calibre of jockeys saddling up for Sunday’s Black Opal Stakes meeting in Canberra is outstanding. Hugh Bowman, Tommy Berry, Kerrin McEvoy, Glyn Schofield, Blake Shinn, James McDonald, Craig Newitt and Brenton Avdulla will lock horns with the locals and visiting country riders for a slice of the large prizemoney on offer. And with the leading riders come top trainers, including Gai Waterhouse, Gerald Ryan, Peter Snowden, Bart and James Cummings, Guy Walter and Team Hawkes. The $275,000 Black Opal Stakes has drawn a full field, headed by Ryan’s Lightning Ridge Plate winner Klammer, Mr Cha Cha from the Waterhouse stable, Darley’s Ghibellines and Headwater Country from the Liam Birchley yard. The $30,000 Corowa Cup (1600 metres) is also staged on the same day. Read the rest of this entry »
Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle
By Michael Lynch
March 9, 2014, 3 a.m.
The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday’s Australian Cup when the last two Melbourne Cup winners staged a stirring battle in the group 1 event at Flemington.
Fiorente, who won the Melbourne Cup last year, outlasted Green Moon (2012) in a perfect example of the type of horse now needed to win Australia’s greatest race. Read the rest of this entry »
Glyn Schofield lands group 1 on Boban 20 minutes after son Chad wins Newmarket
Confidence: Glyn Schofield savours another group 1 mile win on Boban on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Evans
Glyn Schofield was whooping and howling in the jockeys’ room 20 minutes before the Chipping Norton Stakes as son Chad won a group 1 in Melbourne, and then went out and did the business on Boban.
”It’s quite uncanny how often he [Chad] wins a race then I win one and vice-versa,” Schofield said. ”But this [with group 1 wins] is a bit different. I don’t think that has been done too many times before.”
Chad had given Lankan Rupee a perfect ride in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington but his father was even better on Boban in the Chipping Norton at Warwick Farm. Read the rest of this entry »
Dynamic Syndications’ Dean Watt to face stewards over internet domain debacle
- 9 HOURS AGO MARCH 08, 2014 10:30PM
ONE of Australia’s biggest syndicators is expected to be questioned by stewards for registering several website addresses in the name of his rivals.
Dean Watt of Dynamic Syndications will be interviewed by Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy after it emerged he had registered nine domain names, including websites in the names of two leading Sydney trainers.
Watt’s son Adam allegedly created another 25 domain names, including one of a rival syndication company. At The Track visited the website yesterday, only for a link to go straight to Dynamic Syndications. Read the rest of this entry »
Black Tycoon facing double trouble in Adelaide Cup
- 9 HOURS AGO MARCH 08, 2014 10:32PM
TRAINER Justin Warwick conceded “not much has gone right” for Perth Cup champion Black Tycoon, who will have to defy history if he’s going to prevail in Monday’s Group 2 TattsBet Adelaide Cup.
No horse in the last 50 years has carried more than 58kg to victory, but the West Australian stayer has been asked to shoulder 59kg around the two-mile journey on Monday.
Such is the spread of the race, the top-weight has to give at least 3.5kg to all of his rivals. Read the rest of this entry »
Treble has Tony McEvoy stable primed for assault on Adelaide Cup
- 9 HOURS AGO MARCH 08, 2014 10:42PM
Jockey Matthew Neilson has an armchair ride on Underestimation at Morphettville. Picture: Atkins Photography. Source:Supplied
LEADING trainer Tony McEvoy hopes a winning treble at Morphettville Parks on Saturday is just an entree before Monday’s Adelaide Cup. A big entree.
The stable showed it is striking form at the right time, collected three legs of the quaddie as Ferrari Star, El Mina and Underestimation all prevailed.
Anytime you train a treble it is satisfying, but this one particularly so given the Angaston horseman is bullish about the chances of up-and-coming stayer Big Memory in the Adelaide Cup. Read the rest of this entry »
Next Melbourne Cup winner in the Blamey
Craig Williams ridind Foundry defeats Damien Oliver on Our Hand of Faith and Oisin Murphy riding Decircles at Flemington last month. Source: Getty Images
THE past two Melbourne Cup winners will be at Flemington today and don’t be at all surprised if this year’s is as well.
Green Moon, the 2012 winner, and Fiorente, the 2013 Cup winner, will clash in the $1 million Australian Cup (2000m). But those tempted to have a futures bet should consider a ticket on Foundry to win the $6.2m handicap at $21 before he runs in the Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington at 4.40pm. Read the rest of this entry »