Horse Racing Australia

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.

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.

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.

RIDE OF THE DAY TO PORT MACQUARIE’S PETER GRAHAM

RIDE OF THE DAY TO PORT MACQUARIE’S PETER GRAHAM

At a rough estimate, about 140 races were run across the nation on Saturday. It’s possible the best ride of the day was produced by veteran Peter Graham, who landed a winning double at Tuncurry Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast.

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. 

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.

FROM THE SHEARING SHED TO ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST RESPECTED TRAINERS

FROM THE SHEARING SHED TO ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST RESPECTED TRAINERS

While James Cummings, Darren Weir and Chris Waller were basking in Group 1 glory at Flemington on Saturday, veteran trainer Keith Dryden was alone with his thoughts at his Canberra stables.

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.

THEY DON’T COME ANY MORE PATIENT THAN LES BRIDGE.

THEY DON’T COME ANY MORE PATIENT THAN LES BRIDGE.

Les Bridge was in Melbourne when he received the news that Tip Top had got away during afternoon exercise, sustaining a nasty injury to a front superficial flexor tendon. It was mid October 2015, and the horse had finished third in a Kembla Maiden at his initial start, only a few days before.

IT’S ALL AHEAD OF MATT DALE

IT’S ALL AHEAD OF MATT DALE

Sei Stella was never going to lose the September 15th edition of the TAB Highway at Royal Randwick.

The four year old chestnut daughter of Not A Single Doubt, relished the short trip, and was greatly advantaged when the well-tried Rhyming Puppet didn’t contest the lead.

STEVE HART INTERVIEWS MIRACLE MAL AND KEVIN LANGBY

STEVE HART INTERVIEWS MIRACLE MAL AND KEVIN LANGBY

Stealing somebody else’s creation is not usually my caper, but I cant help myself with this interview. Steve catches up with two former brilliant jockeys who have one significant thing in common. I will let Steve tell the story.