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At The Track: Weight on their minds

At Rosehill last Saturday, five of the eight winners carried 58kg or more, withForget carrying 60.5kg to claim the Hungry Jacks Handicap (1350m).

Heavy duty: Blake Shinn gives the thumbs up aftert Forget carried 60.5kg to claim the Hun

Heavy duty: Blake Shinn gives the thumbs up aftert Forget carried 60.5kg to claim the Hungry Jacks Handicap. Source:Getty Images

TRAINERS are concerned about their horses carrying 61kg under the proposed changes to the benchmark system announced by Racing NSW this week.

The spread of weights under the current system has a top weight of 59kg and this, together with the consensus that horses can’t carry much more than 60kg and win, has resulted in race field sizes diminishing in Sydney.

But Racing NSW got on the front foot, with chief executive Peter V’landysaddressing the issue and enforcing a greater spread of weights to boost field sizes.

But trainers are worried about the recovery time for as horse that’s lumped 61kg, particularly if their charge is first-up.

“I’ve heard good arguments from both ends on whether a horse carrying big weights will effect its performance,” James Cummings, who is part of a new breed of trainers that will be using the new system for years to come, said.

“Perhaps a fair statement is to nominate big weights and the issues surrounding them as a case by case analysis — big horse, big weight — OK — not so much for the smaller ones.”

But the fact is horses that have been allotted 59kg or more over the past 12 months have a better winning strike rate in Sydney than those that carry 59kg or below.

Why are our trainers so scared of running horses with big weights?

“I can’t understand it. Most trackwork riders weigh above 61kg and the gear horses carry in trackwork can sometimes add up to more than 90kg,” Gai Waterhouse said.

“We have to get out of the mindset that horses can’t carry weight, it’s absolutely ludicrous. Go and spend some time in Europe and look at what they carry and then ask yourself if it’s been having any effect on how they come out here and win all our staying races.”

The number one reason for introducing the new minimum topweight was an attempt to boost field sizes.

Yesterday we had 18 scratchings at Canterbury with a track rated heavy (8). Only one horse was scratched on vets advice — do we assume the rest are pulled out because the track is too wet?

The current system allows people to accept on a track rated heavy then scratch because the track is heavy. Sounds odd doesn’t it?

Tye-ing one on

TYE Angland returns to racing this Wednesday at Canterbury after his wife gave birth to their second child during the week.

But the mail is it’s Tye who’s pregnant now after the hoop had to knock back rides for getting a bit tubby in his time off.

The filly, appropriately named Addison Wynter Angland, is to blame but the bloke who booted home Press Statement in one of the final Group 1s of the season also celebrated a birthday during his break.

“I can’t even put on a couple of kilos without you finding out,” Angland said.

Bowman on the brink

THE TAB punter who whacked $4400 on Hugh Bowman to win the premiership is probably outside his nearest TAB right now waiting to collect.

Bowman bagged a double aboard Beyond Thankful and Burnt Bridges to stretch his premiership lead to 2.5 wins with just seven races left.

The attention can now turn to the NSW state premiership where James McDonaldsits on 130.5 winners for the season, half a win clear of Blake Shinn.

Sam Clipperton after winning aboard 'Let's Make It Rain in the McGrath Estate Agents Hand

Sam Clipperton after winning aboard ‘Let’s Make It Rain in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap. Picture: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

No shears for Sam

SAM Clipperton sported a face rug at Canterbury and conceded we probably won’t see it again following his win aboard Let’s Make It Rain in the opener.

“Ron actually spoke to me this morning and let’s just say I don’t think I’ll be doing it again,” Clipperton said.

Quinton and the man who’s nurtured soon to be Sydney’s premier rider, Hugh Bowman through his apprenticeship, will take over the reins on Travis Wolfgram.

Wolfgram joined the Gai Waterhouse stable in May but has only managed one winner from 20 rides.

“He’s had virtually no opportunities to ride a winner since he’s been in Sydney,” Quinton said.

“The problem is, while he can claim 2kg in town, he can’t claim in the provincial area and that’d typically be where a bloke like Travis could boot a few home.

“I’ll be giving him plenty of opportunities. He’s a good kid, with exceptional ability and just needs someone to give him a chance.”

Jockey tommy Berry is venturing into the harness ranks. Picture: Jeremy Piper

Jockey tommy Berry is venturing into the harness ranks. Picture: Jeremy Piper Source: News Corp Australia

Berry swaps tracks

TOMMY Berry’s pacexr kicks off his career at Gloucester Park on Monday. Berry purchased a 10 per cent share in a pacer that was subsequently named Nathan’s Courage in honour of his twin brother who passed away last year.

“Michael Brennan, who trains the horse, won a gold medal in hockey,” Berry said.

“The horse will wear the 4track4kids colours and we’re told he goes all right.”

Vale Peter Gumbleton

THE racing industry is mourning the loss of former champion lightweight jockey Peter Gumbleton, who died in his sleep in Gunnedah on Friday night.

The hoop, turned journalist, turned trainer was in his 80s.

Gumbleton rode Melbourne Cup favourites, won a Brisbane Cup, Doomben 10,000 and dozens of big races all around the world.

Originally published as ATT: Weight on their minds

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Posted July 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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