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The Championships Day One: It’s Ellen or a day at the races

Looks a good thing: Damien Oliver combines with the Chris Waller-trained Preferment to wi

Looks a good thing: Damien Oliver combines with the Chris Waller-trained Preferment to win last year’s Victoria Derby. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

ELLEN De Generes is on Channel 9, a replay of My Kitchen Rules on Channel 7 and, heaven help us, Dr Phil is on Channel 10.

You can’t sit through that on a holiday Monday, so get up off the couch and get to Randwick on Monday afternoon for The Championships to watch Australia’s best horses and the two superstar jockeys, The Magic Man Joao Moreira and the Kiwi whiz kid James McDonald.

The crowd won’t be prohibitive, the weather is looking OK and I promise you it will be a day to remember. Come on, give live racing a go.

PREFER NOT TO WAIT, BUT WE’LL STILL COLLECT

I DON’T remember a Don­caster-Derby meeting being postponed at Randwick, but in 1983 when Strawberry Road won the Derby on Easter Monday, I think they called off the last race or two.

In 1963 the Golden Slipper was postponed to the following Wednesday, which only meant favourite punters had to wait four more days to collect when the South Australian hotpot Pago Pago stormed away to beat one of the best Slipper line-ups, including Heirloom and Time And Tide.

Which brings us to having to wait two days to ­collect on Preferment in the Australian Derby. I still think the Chris Waller stayer is a good thing and I think the leading trainer can dominate the Doncaster finish with Kermadec (if he gets a run) and Royal Descent.

Don’t forget Gai Waterhouse is very good at winning the Sires Produce Stakes with horses who ran in the Golden Slipper, which sways me heavily in favour of Englishon Monday.

Repeat clash: Preferment and Volkstok'n'barrell (right) meet again in the ATC Australian

Repeat clash: Preferment and Volkstok’n’barrell (right) meet again in the ATC Australian Derby. Picture: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

CHANNEL IN ON THOSE WHO REALLY COUNT

RACING’S idea to push its marketing and advertising at a new demographic, a new crowd, is a good idea, but only if you don’t forget the people who pay the bills.

All of racing’s bills, not some of them, are paid by punters and if David Jones treated its loyal customers like racing treats its loyal customers, Sydney’s biggest store would be closed by Christmas.

The socialites from Vaucluse and Mosman are only going to come to the races three to four times a year if you are lucky, but the punters bet every day of every week.

It is too early to pass judgment on racing’s new prestige television channel 521, but if the early signs are an indication I would say the person who is pulling the strings has never had a bet in his life.

The racing bosses must get to Sky and point out the punter is the priority.

I think I know a little bit about punting (more than 50 years of experience) and television (35 years).

Relief: Swans players celebrate their come-from-behind victory against Essendon in their

Relief: Swans players celebrate their come-from-behind victory against Essendon in their AFL match at ANZ Stadium. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

LATE RAY OF SUNSHINE FOR SOAKED SWANNIES

PASSIONATE Swans supporter Ray Murrihy denied he called Saturday’s races off so he could go and watch his favourite team play Essendon.

“You wouldn’t believe it but I have already given my four reserved season tickets away for today,” he said when asked tongue-in-cheek about the possibility on Saturday.

I bet The Marshal was glad he wasn’t at ANZ stadium for the first two-and-a-half quarters but, like all cham­pion stayers, the Swans’ noses were in front when it counted.

VICS HOLDING OUT FOR HIGHER GROUND

THERE is still plenty of talking between Sky and Victorian Racing about the southerners signing their rights to a long-term deal with the TAB-owned channel. I bet the Vics won’t sign away their international rights as NSW did.

V’LANDYS: WE ONLY PLAY ON THE GRASS

RACING supremo Peter V’landys has described as “absolute rubbish” rumours that artificial surfaces will be put down on the course proper at Kembla Grange and Newcastle.

“We race on grass in New South Wales,” V’landys said.

I am in his corner.

One-way traffic: Thubiaan thumps his rivals at the famous Oakbank Easter carnival. Pictur

One-way traffic: Thubiaan thumps his rivals at the famous Oakbank Easter carnival. Picture: Dean Martin Source: News Corp Australia

THUBIAAN A HIT IN ADELAIDE HILLS

FORMER Chris Waller stayer Thubiaan snared his biggest pay cheque, $65,000, when he won the 16-fence Van Doussa Steeple at Oakbank.

Thubiaan jumped with the assurance of an Olympic show jumper as he careered away to a six-length win to the cheers of the syndicate of prominent Waller owners who still race him.

ARNOLD A SUPREME HORSEMAN

IF there is a better rider in Melbourne than Steven Arnold I haven’t seen him. How good did the tall guy look in winning on Husson Eagle and Watermans Bay at Caulfield on Saturday?

Originally published as It’s Ellen or a day at the races

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Posted April 6, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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