Respected Queensland trainer Tom Dawson dies   Leave a comment

Respected Queensland trainer Tom Dawson dies

Dawson had a soft spot for Ima Shadow, a bold, front-running middle-distance horse who won a total of 31 races, including 25 under his care.

Tom Dawson with one of his stable warriors, Spritely Jet, back in 1997.

Tom Dawson with one of his stable warriors, Spritely Jet, back in 1997. Source: News Corp Australia

TOM Dawson, one of Queensland’s most respected and successful horse trainers, has died.

He was 98.

Although he controlled only a dozen horses at any time, Dawson was a prolific winner-producer with an extraordinary strike rate.

His best known horse was the Doomben 10,000 winner Charlton Boy, who also won the QTC Sires Produce and Guineas and the Tramway Stakes at Randwick.

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Posted July 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Keepit To Yourself the latest ‘good horse’ for trainer Greg Lees   Leave a comment

Keepit To Yourself the latest ‘good horse’ for trainer Greg Lees

Date
July 30, 2015 – 1:40PM
Another good one: Trainer Greg Lee is hoping Keepit To Yourself lives up to expectations.Another good one: Trainer Greg Lee is hoping Keepit To Yourself lives up to expectations. Photo: Simon Alekna

Jim and Greg Lee have been training out of Randwick for nearly 50 years and things have certainly changed in that time but it remains “the only place [they] want to train”.

In that time the Lees have had their share of good horses. The best – Hayai – won a Caulfield Cup and a couple of Metropolitans and got them into their stables on course, where they still train.

“When [we] started out everyone was a horseman and there were stables all around the track and that’s how we started. Back then to be on course at Randwick was to be king,” Greg Lee said. “Hayai got us on course and we’re still there. Randwick is still Randwick and it is king to me.

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Posted July 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm’s satellite site in Victoria highlights concern over NSW’s Hunter Valley breeding future   Leave a comment

Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm’s satellite site in Victoria highlights concern over NSW’s Hunter Valley breeding future

Date
July 30, 2015 – 1:29PM

John Holloway

On to Victoria: Toronado (right), a son of High Chaparral, will stand at Victoria's Swettenham Stud.On to Victoria: Toronado (right), a son of High Chaparral, will stand at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud. Photo: AP

Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing

The emerging Victorian breeding industry will throw down it’s biggest threat to the NSW Hunter Valley studs in the coming Australian season, with a powerful band of stallions congregating.

The Hunter Valley has forever been the ace in the pack of Australian breeding and will never lose this tag. However, the mining issues being experienced in NSW have seen Victoria make inroads.

Significantly, 2015 sees the introduction of one of the world’s leading breeding giants – the Kentucky-based Spendthrift Farm that purchased Yallambee Stud in Victoria earlier this year.

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Posted July 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

John Sargent has black type plans for Centre Pivot after cobalt tests are clear   Leave a comment

John Sargent has black type plans for Centre Pivot after cobalt tests are clear

Date
July 30, 2015 – 4:42PM

Chris Roots

Sargent's charge: Centre Pivot, with James McDonald aborad, scores at Rosehill in February. Blake Shinn takes the ride on Saturday.Sargent’s charge: Centre Pivot, with James McDonald aborad, scores at Rosehill in February. Blake Shinn takes the ride on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing

Centre Pivot, which appears in the Sam Kavanagh charges as one of the horses he allegedly administered cobalt to, has been cleared to return to the races for new trainer John Sargent at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sargent believes Centre Pivot, which has won five of his 12 starts including four of his past five before a spell when under the care of Kavanagh, has the potential to go on with the job and win in black-type company.

But first he had to have the son of More Than Ready cleared to race by stewards.

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Posted July 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Cobalt-accused trainers deal: freeze prizes or be frozen out   Leave a comment

Cobalt-accused trainers deal: freeze prizes or be frozen out

Racing Writer
Melbourne
Trainer Peter Moody leaves the Racing Victoria hearing into Cobalt use yesterday. Picture

Trainer Peter Moody leaves the Racing Victoria hearing into Cobalt use yesterday. Picture: Colleen Petch.Source: News Corp Australia

Freeze prizemoney percentages or be frozen out of the run-up to spring racing carnival features. They were two of the propositions offered to the trainers charged with cobalt offences yesterday at the show-cause hearing in front of stewards at Racing Victoria’s Flemington office.

Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh were adamant the freezing of their percentages would have crippling effects on their businesses.

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Posted July 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Trainer Peter Moody fights on many fronts as cobalt case intensifies   Leave a comment

Trainer Peter Moody fights on many fronts as cobalt case intensifies

Moody spent half an hour silently listening to his lawyer, Matthew Stirling, tell stewards just how catastrophic it would be for a wide range of people if they were to confiscate his licence for as long as it takes to determine whether he is guilty of using cobalt to make one of his many horses go faster.

Horse trainer Peter Moody faces cobalt hearing

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TO slightly rework a punters’ adage, the racing game giveth — and it taketh away.

Melbourne’s highest-profile trainer Peter Moody was, potentially, the perfect example of that on Wednesday as the fight to save his reputation, business and career intensified.

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Posted July 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Jockeys hit back at whip rule changes   Leave a comment

Jockeys hit back at whip rule changes

The crucial change among rules to take effect from ­December 1 is a limit on the number of backhand hits ­before the 100m mark.

Changes to the whip rules will take effect from December 1.

Changes to the whip rules will take effect from December 1. Source: Supplied

JOCKEYS have accused ­racing authorities of ignoring their wishes on new whip rules.

Australian Jockeys’ Association chief executive Des O’Keeffe said Racing Australia had acted in haste and was being unduly influenced by animal liberationists.

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Posted July 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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