Racing History

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

There’s a maiden galloper racing in Sydney currently, whose name rings a giant bell for me.

He’s called Triplicate, a logical name for the son of a mare called Tripled, a non winning daughter of General Nediym.

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 PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing late last week, of Ern McQuillan OAM. The former celebrated photographer, had been suffering the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, and slipped away peacefully at the Barclay Gardens Aged Care Facility at Forster, on the NSW mid north coast.

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.

THE MORE VIOLENT THE STORM THE QUICKER IT PASSES

THE MORE VIOLENT THE STORM THE QUICKER IT PASSES

There were 78,500 people at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day 1976. Those still living, hold indelible memories of their visit to the historic course on the day mother nature threw a tantrum.

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.

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR

The scuffle between trainer Richard Laming and jockey Noel Callow at the Cranbourne trials recently, left both participants a little lighter in the pocket. Stewards ruled that Laming instigated the incident, and fined him a hefty $2500. Despite the fact that Callow retaliated with a left rip to the body, he was fined a more lenient $300.