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Expectations high for Fashion Model’s second coming   Leave a comment

Expectations high for Fashion Model’s second coming

Trainer Jarrod Austin has a solid team heading to Kembla on Saturday.

Trainer Jarrod Austin has a solid team heading to Kembla on Saturday. Source: News Limited

A COUPLE of outstanding barrier trials has Warwick Farm trainer Jarrod Austin brimming with confidence before Fashion Model’s return to racing in Saturday’s ITC Illawarra.com.au Handicap (1000m) at Kembla.

The daughter of I Am Invincible has changed stables since her only outing on December 13 when she finished well down the order behind Odyssey Moon in the Inglis Nursery at Randwick.

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Star apprentice Matthew McGillivray blames sinus tablets for positive drug test   Leave a comment

Star apprentice Matthew McGillivray blames sinus tablets for positive drug test

Jockey Matthew McGillivray has been stood down immediately pending a stewards’ inquiry af

Jockey Matthew McGillivray has been stood down immediately pending a stewards’ inquiry after he returned an irregularity to methamphetamines. Picture: Annette Dew Source: News Corp Australia

TALENTED Queensland apprentice Matthew McGillivray claims tablets taken for sinus troubles may have caused his positive drugs test this week.

McGillivray, one of the state’s most promising apprentices, has been stood down immediately pending a stewards’ inquiry after he returned a positive test to methamphetamines at the Doomben jumpouts on Tuesday.

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Australian-owned colt comes back a financial winner   Leave a comment

Australian-owned colt comes back a financial winner

Date
April 17, 2015 – 3:00PM
David MoodieDavid Moodie Photo: Vince Caligiuri

More than a year ago, prominent breeder and racehorse owner David Moodie and a group of Australian racing enthusiasts were confident they had reversed the trends of Australians paying huge prices for European racehorses.

In 2012 Moodie, along with bloodstock agent Justin Bahen, purchased a yearling for €80,000 at a sale in Deauville in France. They were both aware that the colt had genuine athletic looks and a pedigree to match.

The sire, of course, had Australian connections as it was the former outstanding sprinter Starspangledbanner. And they were aware that the young stallion had struggled to get mares in foal in his first years at stud.

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Trainer Darren Weir takes typical low-key approach with Lucky Hussler in All Aged Stakes   Leave a comment

Trainer Darren Weir takes typical low-key approach with Lucky Hussler in All Aged Stakes

Date
April 18, 2015 – 2:57AM
Prolific: Trainer Darren Weir.Prolific: Trainer Darren Weir. Photo: Getty Images

There are not many head-scratchers Darren Weir has not solved in the training caper, but the belly laugh on the other end of the telephone line when Glen Boss’ name pops up suggests this is a battle he will never win.

The one when racing’s ultimate smooth-talking showman proffers an opinion and hits you with it right between the eyes, the understated and laconic trainer cringing and cowering in the corner as the words uttered relate to one of his team.

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Robert Thompson the Money man on infrequent visits to town   Leave a comment

Robert Thompson the Money man on infrequent visits to town

Date
April 17, 2015 – 9:17PM
More than 4000 winners: Robert Thompson.More than 4000 winners: Robert Thompson. Photo: Brendan Esposito

The latest exercise book all Robert Thompson’s winners are recorded in has its most recent entry tagged over 4100.

At least, that is how he remembers it en route to feeding the cattle one autumn afternoon at home this week.

Not many inscriptions are made in the book these days outside of the provincial and country areas, but there is one horse that keeps tugging on the heart strings of Australian racing’s most prolific jockey.

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Racing doomed not to reach its business or sports potential   Leave a comment

Racing doomed not to reach its business or sports potential

Thoroughbred racing loves to dress up. Jockeys in their colourful silks. During the carnivals members strut around in grey morning suits and top hats. Pompous dills.

Out in the corporate tents — sorry marquees — young adults have dressed in the clothes of the latest fashion.

Which, by the seventh race, they are determined to get out of. The body that purports to run racing in this country has slipped on a new dress. The Australian Racing Board is now Racing Australia. Sounds good — even looks good — but we fancy it is a case of feel the width and not the quality.

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

James McDonald wants Champagne finish to autumn carnival with Tarquin   Leave a comment

James McDonald wants Champagne finish to autumn carnival with Tarquin

Date
April 17, 2015 – 9:20PM
Jockey James McDonald has had a stellar Autumn Carnival.Jockey James McDonald has had a stellar Autumn Carnival. Photo: Getty Images

James McDonald will be the leading group 1 jockey of the Sydney autumn but there is one thing missing from his haul of five top-level wins that he hopes to rectify on Tarquin in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

“We had a strong two-year-old team and we wanted to win a group 1 with them, but it just hasn’t worked out,” McDonald said. “This is a great chance.”

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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