Sydney radio veteran Ray Hadley doesn’t miss watching his racehorses, Well Hardley Ever!   Leave a comment

Sydney radio veteran Ray Hadley doesn’t miss watching his racehorses, Well Hardley Ever!

Radio announcer Ray Hadley bred Well Hardley Ever after racing its full-brother, Tamban,

Radio announcer Ray Hadley bred Well Hardley Ever after racing its full-brother, Tamban, a winner at Eagle Farm. Picture: Toby Zerna Source: News Corp Australia

TWO of Sydney’s most influential men, Ray Hadley and John Singleton, share a passion for radio, rugby league and racehorses.

Hadley is the top-rating 2GB morning show broadcaster and Singleton is owner of Macquarie Radio Network which includes 2GB — and together they race Well Hardley Ever, one of the main chances in the Quilton Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Part-owners of Well Hardley Ever, Ray Hadley (left) and John Singleton. Picture: Damian S

Part-owners of Well Hardley Ever, Ray Hadley (left) and John Singleton. Picture: Damian Shaw Source: News Corp Australia

Hadley was in Brisbane on Friday night calling the Broncos-Knights NRL game for Channel 9 but he won’t be hosting the Continuous Call Team on 2GB on Saturday as usual because he is starting a holiday.

However, Hadley will be trackside to cheer on Well Hardley Ever.

“I go away on Monday so it has worked out well that we can watch the race,’’ he said.

Well Hardley Ever was Hadley’s first Sydney Saturday runner when the young sprinter ran a close second to Lockroy at Rosehill two weeks ago.

“I went to Rosehill that day thinking he would run a reasonable race as this horse has a big ticker,’’ Hadley said.

“There was a bit of depth in the field so I was absolutely tickled pink he ran second because he was unlucky.

“If he had got out 50m earlier he probably wins that race.’’

On the strength of that run, Well Hardley Ever looks good value at $8.50 in overnight betting behind favourite Queen Of Kariba ($4.40) and Lockroy ($5).

Despite Well Hardley Ever’s value odds, Hadley revealed he won’t be breaking his four-year betting ban.

“I don’t punt anymore,’’ he said. “I haven’t had a bet since January, 2011.

Lockroy (right) just pips Well Hardley Ever at Rosehill Gardens on June 13. Picture: Gett

Lockroy (right) just pips Well Hardley Ever at Rosehill Gardens on June 13. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

“I had a punt for 40 years, I used to punt for fun, but in the end I wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

“I’ve been to the races stacks of times since without having a bet. I enjoy a day at the races.

“And when you are racing for $48,000 (first) prizemoney, you don’t need to have a bet.’’

Hadley bred Well Hardley Ever after racing its full-brother, Tamban, a winner at Eagle Farm.

Tamban had to be put down when he fell ill following his maiden win so Hadley asked William Inglis chief executive Mark Webster to try to locate Tamban’s dam Obsessed With Ella.

Webster located Obsessed With Ella at a property in Victoria and Hadley spent $20,000 to secure the mare who had a foal at foot by Written Tycoon and was back in foal to that stallion.

Hadley sent Obsessed With Ella and her foal to Singleton’s Strawberry Hills Farm on the Central Coast. The foal at foot is now a four-year-old mare named Hardley, a two-time Ipswich winner.

“Hardley was named by Singo because he calls me ‘Roy Hardley’,’’ Hadley revealed.

Obsessed With Ella then produced another foal by Written Tycoon which is now the three-year-old Well Hardley Ever.

The broodmare has a yearling filly by American champion Pluck but sadly lost her life when foaling again to that sire.

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Posted June 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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