Horses

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.

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO

You’d be battling to find a NSW punter who hasn’t heard a Gary Kliese “mounting yard mail segment”, on Sky Thoroughbred Central, or his selections for Northern Rivers meetings on Sky Racing Radio.

'STUBBY'S' THE HOLDER OF 5 JOCKEY'S TITLES AND HE'S NOT DONE YET!

'STUBBY'S' THE HOLDER OF 5 JOCKEY'S TITLES AND HE'S NOT DONE YET!

Craig Williams’ spectacular winning streak in Melbourne recently, has taken the spotlight off some fine performances in other states. A good example is Jason Holder’s dazzling 4 win haul at Morphettville a week ago.

THEY SAY THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A RACECOURSE CERTAINTY, BUT THEY WERE WRONG!

THEY SAY THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A RACECOURSE CERTAINTY, BUT THEY WERE WRONG!

How often have you heard hackneyed clichés like “this is unbeatable” or “this is a good thing”, being bandied about at the track or the TAB outlet. We can’t include Winx or Black Caviar in this exercise, but I’m referring to horses who look near certainties, provided everything goes right in the run. One sprang instantly to mind, and that was an imported English horse called Marooned in 1986.

MAKE 'EM LAUGH - A TRIBUTE TO BERT BRYANT

MAKE 'EM LAUGH - A TRIBUTE TO BERT BRYANT

Most race callers are so intent on getting the job done accurately, they wouldn’t give a thought to throwing in a funny line. That kind of commentary wouldn’t have suited the late Bert Bryant, who died in 1991 following several years of indifferent health. Bert believed that punters having a bad day, needed some cheering up, and he set about developing an array of  “one liners” designed to take the pain out of losing your money.

DARE TO DREAM

DARE TO DREAM

The free running and consistent Dark Dream looks certain to be a major player in Saturday’s Grand Prix, and the Queensland Derby on June 9th. Had it not been for one of mother nature’s most unpredictable and dangerous phenomenons, Dark Dream wouldn’t be walking racing’s biggest stage.