Horse Racing

KEVIN KEMP HOPES THE JIM ATKINS LONGEVITY RUBS OFF

KEVIN KEMP HOPES THE JIM ATKINS LONGEVITY RUBS OFF

There wasn’t a trace of racing in Kevin Kemp’s background, but he was besotted by horses from the moment he first sat on a pony. Most of his mates owned ponies and those kids would be out all day, every day. “If I got home before dark, Mum and Dad would wonder what the hell was wrong”, recalled Kevin.

RESEARCH WASN’T THE GREATEST DERBY WINNER, BUT SHE WAS THE CRANKIEST

RESEARCH WASN’T THE GREATEST DERBY WINNER, BUT SHE WAS THE CRANKIEST

Those who watched Research return to scale after the 1989 Derby will probably recall her antics when a garland of roses was thrown around her neck. She almost unseated Dittman as she charged back into the enclosure, with Clarry hanging on for dear life.

STEVE HART CATCHES UP WITH JOHN VINCENT, FORMER STUD MANAGER

STEVE HART CATCHES UP WITH JOHN VINCENT, FORMER STUD MANAGER

Steve Hart caught up with former stud manager John Vincent who retired a few years ago, after a fascinating career in England and Australia. John gained valuable experience in his native England before migrating to Australia.

DIXIE HAS WON A MILLION HEARTS

DIXIE HAS WON A MILLION HEARTS

Turns out Ron Quinton’s just an old softie after all. The battle hardened veteran rode 2168 winners including 46 Group 1’s during his spectacular career as a jockey. In 25 years as a trainer he’s won hundreds of races including 6 Group 1’s.

PRINCESS CAN BE AS POSH AS SHE LIKES AFTER A WIN LIKE THAT

PRINCESS CAN BE AS POSH AS SHE LIKES AFTER A WIN LIKE THAT

Two year olds Tenley (Reisling Stakes) and Yes Yes Yes (Todman Stakes) were explosive in their Randwick wins on Saturday, while The Autumn Sun deserved every accolade that came his way.  Their performances stole some of the spotlight from a dazzling win by Princess Posh in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket twenty four hours earlier.

GREG EURELL HOPES MATURITY WILL MAKE A HORSE OF O’TAUTO

GREG EURELL HOPES MATURITY WILL MAKE A HORSE OF O’TAUTO

Many of us watch an endless flow of races from all parts of Australia, the majority of which do little to get you on the edge of your seat. Once in a while you spot a performance that sends you scurrying to the replay button. 

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.

STONY BAY- DUAL GROUP I WINNER AT 3. ONE LAST PARADE AT 26

STONY BAY- DUAL GROUP I WINNER AT 3. ONE LAST PARADE AT 26

Received an email during the week from popular owner Eddy Boas, who wishes to share the most touching horse story in recent memory. I’m sure you’ll remember Eddy’s hardy campaigner Stony Bay, and like me you’ll be surprised to learn that nineteen years have passed, since the tough gelding was retired.

BOBBY LEWIS - THE LEGEND LIVES ON

BOBBY LEWIS - THE LEGEND LIVES ON

Harry White would have given anything to ride one more Melbourne Cup winner before his retirement in 1995, for no other reason than to “shake old Bobby off”.

A GOOD SOLDIER NEVER LOOKS BEHIND

A GOOD SOLDIER NEVER LOOKS BEHIND

Ray Warren and I were very honoured to be invited to “open the bar”, at the grand opening of the new Tourmaline Hotel on Windsor Rd at Vineyard in 1972. The pub was the culmination of a joint business venture between horse trainer Tom Sewell, and his partner Jack Jones, and was constructed on part of Tom’s twenty acre training property.

WHERE DID EDUARDO COME FROM?

WHERE DID EDUARDO COME FROM?

I knew little of Eduardo until I received an email from my old friend Ken Boman late in September. Having only his third race start, the chestnut gelding jumped to the lead in the Sports Club Hcp (1100 metres), and proceeded to reel off some rare figures.

THE GREATEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE

THE GREATEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE

I didn’t expect John Shelton to answer his phone just before 8 am on Sunday morning (Oct 14th). When you’ve trained the winner of the inaugural Kosciuszko, and revelled in the post-race celebration into the wee hours, you’re entitled to be catching up on much needed sleep.

MARK’S JOURNEY HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN

MARK’S JOURNEY HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN

My very first thought when Maid Of Heaven threw herself at the line to win the GR 1 Spring Champion Stakes, was for her trainer Mark Newnham. It was a defining moment in the career of the fifty year old, who’s had nothing else but racing on his mind, since early teen years.