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Ken Callander: Riders the ones who risk lives

Jockeys Tye England, Brenton Avdulla and Jim Cassidy inspect the track after race one at

Jockeys Tye England, Brenton Avdulla and Jim Cassidy inspect the track after race one at Hawkesbury before the meeting was called off. Source: News Corp Australia

CHRIS Waller and John Sargent would have trained winners on heavier tracks in New Zealand than the one at Hawkesbury on Saturday.

Tony McEvoy certainly has in South Australia. Thomas Huet and Kevin Moseshave ridden on far worse in Europe and I have seen racing in Sydney in far inferior conditions.

None of that matters two hoots.

The final decision in racing on Saturday rested with the little fellows on top and they said, “no”, which is the way it should be. They are the people risking their lives.

It is easy in the grandstand.

PERCEPTION NOT ALWAYS AS IT SEEMS

JOHN Messara, the chairman of Racing NSW and the supremo at Arrowfield Stud, had nothing to do with the relocating of the Group 3 Crown Stakes and the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas to Rosehill on Saturday, or the rescheduling at a later date of the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Vested interests can get you into trouble but perception is not always as it seems.

The main scuttlebutt doing the rounds at Hawkesbury was Messara was looking after the fillies’ and mares’ race for the breeders and the Guineas for his son, who trains one of the main hopes, and was not worrying about the Cup in which 16 of the 19 acceptors were geldings.

The decisions were made between Hawkesbury chief executive Brian Fletcher andShane Meaney, the Racing NSW racing manager, on course, and Racing NSW executives Peter V’landys and Scott Kennedy off course.

The Cup acceptors did appear to have had their winter programs severely disadvantaged but, after a lengthy discussion between Meaney and Waller — who had seven Cup runners — and further discussion with the bosses in town, a 1600m open handicap was added to the Warwick Farm card on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, they will be racing for $40,000, not $150,000.

Critics don’t waste time: Give John Messara a break.

Critics don’t waste time: Give John Messara a break. Source: News Limited

TVN’S FINAL-YEAR PROFIT

THE TVN financial report for 2014 lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission showed the now-defunct broadcaster made a $2.9 million profit from $52 million revenue for the year. It also showed TVN had net liabilities of $13.1 million (not $50 million as suggested in some reports).

I was also interesting to learn that corporate bookmaker Sportsbet pays a 0.5 per cent turnover fee on all races shown on its live telecasts of Victorian races on its internet site and mobile app.

SALUTE TO THE SNOWDENS

WHAT a fabulous job Peter and Paul Snowden have done to train four G1 winners for the season in their first year as public trainers, with Shooting To Win in the Caulfield Guineas, Pride Of Dubai in the Blue Diamond and the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes, and Miracles Of Life in Saturday’s Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide.

Paul described the reception given to Miracles Of Life on her triumphant return home as “Black Caviar-like” and I can tell you the cheering at Hawkesbury from what was left of the crowd watching on TV was almost unbelievable.

YOUNG GUNS

JOHN O’Shea has had a super year with his two-year-olds, training 22 winners of 28 races from 130 starters. And yet Queenslander Liam Birchley has an even better percentage ratio, with eight winners of 11 races from 37 starters. Both should be proud.

STAND AND DELIVER

THE terrific hype built up by Saturday’s Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting puts other stand-alone meetings in the news.

I don’t want to see the idea overdone, and talk of having one at Wagga Wagga is silly.

But Gosford has again made an application, hoping to race in the first week of January when things are quiet in town but brisk on the Central Coast.

Gosford can support its top-grade races — the Gosford Cup, the Belle Of The Turf and the Takeover Target Stakes — but would need Racing NSW’s assistance to maintain the city prizemoney levels of $85,000 per race for its other five events.

Luke Foley, the leader of the state opposition and the shadow minister for racing, is one man right behind the idea of a Gosford stand-alone race day.

“A stand-alone meeting in January would be great for racing and great for the Central Coast community,” he said.

Jockeys and chief steward Ray Murrihy inspect an area of particular concern at the 900m o

Jockeys and chief steward Ray Murrihy inspect an area of particular concern at the 900m on Saturday. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

RIDE OF THE DAY (Adelaide)

Hugh Bowman on Miracles of Life.

RUN OF THE DAY (Adelaide)

Delicacy. This Perth filly blew them away.

FORGET IT RAN (Hawkesbury)

Be careful of the next runs of some of the horses who missed out racing on Saturday.

Something special: Delicacy wins the Schweppes Australasian Oaks at Morphettville in a ca

Something special: Delicacy wins the Schweppes Australasian Oaks at Morphettville in a canter. Picture: Dean MartinSource: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Riders the ones who risk lives

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Posted May 4, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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