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JOSH PARR WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE

JOSH PARR WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE

I can’t think of a jockey anywhere in Australia who displays more unbridled raw emotion than Josh Parr. It struck me initially when he won the Gr 1 Surround Stakes on Shoals a year ago - his one and only ride on the Fastnet Rock mare.

A MEMORABLE RACE DAY IN THE GARDEN CITY

A MEMORABLE RACE DAY IN THE GARDEN CITY

What a pity the last race numbers error at Clifford Park on Saturday had to take the gloss off a spectacular Queensland race meeting. Stewards declared correct weight before officials discovered the wrong horse had been placed fourth.

CHAD LEVER WAS THE ACHIEVER OF THE WEEK

CHAD LEVER WAS THE ACHIEVER OF THE WEEK

While the potential autumn stars were stealing the limelight, a hard working jockey called Chad Lever was accumulating an impressive sequence of ten winning rides in the space of eight days on country and provincial tracks.

THE TWO YEAR OLD PUZZLE BEGINS

THE TWO YEAR OLD PUZZLE BEGINS

This is the time of year when exciting two year olds start popping up like mushrooms after rain. It’s been head spinning stuff these past six weeks, trying to get a handle on several promising juveniles who’ve recorded brilliant wins in NSW and Victoria.

ONE OF RACING’S GREATEST PARTNERSHIPS COMES TO AN END

ONE OF RACING’S GREATEST PARTNERSHIPS COMES TO AN END

Billy Prain struggled with mixed emotions as he walked off Warwick Farm racecourse on Wednesday November 28th - his last day as a trainer. He’s been saying for a long time, that he’d retire when his valued owner and friend Fred Peisah decided to call it quits.

THAT O’HARA GIRL

THAT O’HARA GIRL

In most professions fifteen years isn’t such a long time.

In the life of a professional jockey, it’s a pretty lengthy period.

In the case of a female professional jockey, it’s an eternity.

TO A RACING FAN A SET OF COLOURS CAN BRING ON THE NOSTALGIA

TO A RACING FAN A SET OF COLOURS CAN BRING ON THE NOSTALGIA

I sat bolt upright on the lounge last Wednesday (August 8th) when a horse called Itsa Fait Accompli stormed down the outside to win a BM 71 at Canterbury for trainer David Blundell and jockey Robbie Dolan.