THE southern hemisphere covering fee for dual world championFrankel will be £100,000 for the coming season. He stood the 2014 northern hemisphere season for £125,000.
The son of Galileo covered a limited book of 21 mares to southern hemisphere time at Banstead Manor last year, including John Singleton’s More Joyous and More Strawberries. The owner will send triple Group 1 winner Samantha Miss and dual scorer Deedra this year.
Frankel’s first foals have created quite a stir both in the bloodstock industry and further afield. News cameras from the BBC, ITV and Sky flocked to the National Stud to film one of his early arrivals, a filly out of Song, while the first colt by the sire offered at public auction fetched £1,150,000 when offered with his dam Crystal Gaze.
Sometimes your mum can bring luck and for Sydney’s premier jockey James McDonald it was her presence which made his title win a bit more special at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old New Zealander started Wednesday even with Nash Rawiller on 70 wins and rode two winners to secure the premiership at the final meeting of the season in front of mum Di. It was fitting New Zealand-bred Bascule for premier trainer Chris Waller, also a Kiwi, gave McDonald the title with his first ride of the day before Ay No Digas won the fourth..
“It was good to get it over and done with the first ride,” was McDonald’s first thought after Bascule’s win. “I didn’t look at the big screen. I just kept my head and drove for the line. It has been a long time coming. I have to thank my manager Clock [Craig Tompson], who has kept me calm in the past couple of weeks, which have been a bit stressful. I still can’t believe I’ve won it. I have only been here a couple of years and this is my second full season. I never thought I would ever do it.”
‘People must remember that it refreshes horses and makes them concentrate’.
If Labor is successful in the state election in November it will leave any decision on the future of jumps races to the board of Racing Victoria.
Despite speculation that jumps racing would be abolished if Labor were successful, that was ruled out by shadow racing minister Martin Pakula.
“RVL has created for the purpose of making clear-eyed and sometimes difficult decisions with the best interests of racing in mind,” Pakula said. “That applies to jumps racing as much as anything else. As minister you can’t ask a board to do a job and then tell them how to do it.”
Jockey Damien Oliver hopes metropolitan jockey premiership win has helped him regain some trust after his suspension for betting
9 HOURS AGOJULY 30, 201411:00PM
Damien Oliver returns to racing at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Source: News Corp Australia
DAMIEN Oliver hopes winning this season’s Melbourne metropolitan jockey premiership has regained him some trust after he served a 10-month suspension for placing a $10,000 winning bet on a horse he rode against.
He has just returned from a seven week working holiday in Mauritius and will have his first rides back at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
It’s the ninth time Oliver has claimed the title and achieved it despite missing the start of the season because of the suspension and then the last seven weeks of it when he went to Mauritius where his family joined him during the school holidays.
TO HELP get into the mood for the upcoming Coffs Harbour Racing Carnival AND the Australian Surf Festival, the Bunker Cartoon Gallery is showing a series of funny sporting cartoons.
Beginning on August 8, the exhibition will also coincide with the Mens Foursomes Championships and the Mid North Coast Veteran Golfers Association’s Annual Tournament at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club.
“We’ve tried to offer cartoons for all kinds of sporty types – surfers, horse racing enthusiasts, golfers and bowlers – who are all enjoying exciting tournaments in our city during August,” the Gallery’s Director/Curator Dr Leigh Summers said.
Michael Cahill won’t go down without a fight, as jockeys’ premiership joust with Tim Bell goes down to the wire
9 HOURS AGOJULY 29, 201410:00PM
Tim Bell leads Michael Cahill (right) by one win heading into the final metro meeting of the season. Picture: Regi VargheseSource: News Corp Australia
REIGNING champion Michael Cahill has refused to put up the white flag in the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership race despite conceding current leader Tim Bell has a better book of rides than him at Eagle Farm.
Bell (57 wins) leads by one win heading into the final metro meeting of the season on Wednesday, but Cahill (56 wins) is still holding on to hope of claiming back-to-back crowns.
“Anything can happen and I’m going in positive,” Cahill said.
BEL ESPRIT: “As good as anything I’ve been on”
BEL ESPRIT: IF Errol Flynn had been reincarnated as a horse, he might have been Bel Esprit
BLACK CAVIAR: In her last 15 starts she has brokenthe record for number of consecutive 129+ RPRs (ten), the total number of 130+ RPRs (seven) and consecutive performances rated 125+ (15 and counting).
BLACK CAVIAR: “This horse scares me, she could do anything”
BLACK CAVIAR: “How good? The greatest”
BLACK CAVIAR: The World’s Best Horse? She’s in Australia
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WALTZES: “He’s the fastest horse I’ve trained”
BEL ESPRITS: “they just keep winning”
ALESPRIT: "those times are unheard of for last 600m"
BELGIETTO: "I think he’s the best horse I’ve trained".
BEL ESPRIT: “Victorian-based Bel Esprit’s reputation as the most exciting sprinting sire in the land was further franked when Bel Sprinter stretched his unbeaten streak to four at Caulfield on Saturday.”
"Owning a racehorse is probably the most expensive way of getting on to a racecourse for nothing"-anon
BEL SPRINTER: “Bel Sprinter went past me and gave me windburn,” Corey Brown (Snitzerland) said.