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« 2018-Sep-03, 07:09 AM Reply #5675 »
They need to ask what the hell was going on with Order Again. The odds on fave in the 2nd who blew like a gale and raced ungenerously (???) :shutup:
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« 2018-Sep-03, 07:59 AM Reply #5676 »
No surprise stewards asked for a please explain after Bel Burgess improved massively on its two previous runs in class 6 to win R5 a good class Benchmark 80 at the Sunny Coast did have some weight relief and an increase in distance from the two beforehand.

Ridden by Jeff LLoyd at its previous two runs it was never likely ran 6th on 4 th Aug in a Class 6 over 1350m starting at $26 ......its previous run ran it last on 21 July after showing early speed stewards report that day was that "Stewards will interview J. Lloyd regarding his riding of the gelding over the final stages " the horse dropped out and Jeff didn't punish it when he was obviously well beaten.
BEL BURGESS – Trainer D. Murphy was questioned regarding the horse’s seemingly improved performance. He indicated that he had expected a forward showing in today’s event as he had anticipated the track having more give than at its two most recent starts. He added that the horse has performed well previously racing on similar surfaces. He further added that the gelding was able to obtain the lead without being challenged today and he believed that this was also beneficial to the horse’s chances. He indicated that he had supported the horse in today’s event as he believed that having a 3kg claiming apprentice was also a significant factor.

The difference according to the trainer was attributed to the track conditions being more suitable was a Good 4 pentrometer 6.35 whereas the two previous runs over 1350 were rated a good 3 ...all the horse's previous wins were on good tracks ...the trainer is obviously a better judge than most punters....came in from $14 to $10

Giddy Up :beer:

I'm sure anyone who was familiar with Bel Burgess from his Victorian days would accept the trainer's explanation.

Once he was able to clear the field the way he did, he was always going to be hard to catch especially with the allowance and on the kind racing surface.

He had a very good record in Vic as a strong front runner before hard tracks and big weights got to him.

I hadn't had a bet in Queensland for many months but did put a few dollars on Cedarwood on Sat.

Didn't even get a run for my money so I'll take that as a sign. :thumbsd:

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« 2018-Oct-10, 07:53 PM Reply #5677 »
11-year-old Fighting Heart set to race again after five-year hiatus
By David Hocking Yesterday at 10:22pm
Fighting Heart with Ipswich-based trainer Kathy GruenefeldImage: Imogen Gruenefeld
Updated Wednesday 9:22am

It's rare enough to see a horse still going around at 11 years of age, but it's rarer still to see one do so first-up after five years off the scene.

But that's exactly what we'll witness when ex-Hong Kong galloper Fighting Heart resumes in Queensland in the not too distant future.

The old boy was down to run in a Class 5 at Ipswich on Wednesday but he'll have to wait a little longer after the meeting was abandoned.

The Australian-bred son of Show A Heart hasn't raced since finishing fourth at Sha Tin way back in June 2013.

Fighting Heart plied his trade there for 18 months - winning four of his 15 races - but ended up struggling with the lack of open air and paddocks.

Hong Kong is a phenomenal city with a world class racing industry, but it is also a densely-packed metropolis with a premium placed on clean air and green space.

Some horses cope better with this than others - which can also be said of humans - and while Fighting Heart was performing well enough on the track, he wasn't exactly flourishing in the environment, prompting an end to his stint there and a return to Australia.

Fast forward to 2015 and the horse seemed destined to live out his days as a hobby horse for new owner Kathy Gruenefeld. That is, until a bizarre paddock incident startled the horse and led to a lightbulb moment between Gruenefeld and her husband.

As Gruenefeld explains it: "He got his rug caught as it came off and he bolted. He was flying around the paddock like a madman with this rug flying behind him like superman's cape."

“My husband made the comment ‘Is there any reason why this horse can't race again?', and I said, 'well ...  no ...  he's completely sound, there's nothing wrong with him."

Fighting Heart (AUS)
Kathleen Gruenefeld
11yoG (ch) Show a Heart x Tara's Pride
15 4-3-1
Last 10
10 4-3-1
Win Range

Fighting Heart was eight at the time, which some consider long in the tooth when it comes to racehorses. But Gruenefeld saw things differently.

Having spent the better part of 25 years training eventers, show-jumpers and dressage horses - who don’t get taken seriously until they are upwards of 12 - she didn't see age as a barrier, just a number.

What she couldn't have foreseen was the at times trying three-year journey it took to get to this point.

"It's been a long road. It's a very uphill battle if you want to try and go backwards to get a horse's paperwork. But it can be done if you're persistent enough."

It actually took until July this year for the Ipswich-based conditioner to obtain her training licence and it was only recently that she received Fighting Heart's ID card.

Fortunately she was fuelled by fondness for the horse and a genuine belief in his ability.

"He’s a fantastic horse, the sweetest boy you’ve ever met - and so bloody hard working," said Gruenefeld glowingly.

Her passion for the horse is as plain as day, which may well be due to the circumstances surrounding his purchase.

Gruenefeld went to an agent with the intention of buying a different horse, but instead it was this bloke that most tugged on her heart-strings.

“He caught my eye because I have a real passion for taking horses that have hit a flat spot in their life and turning that around and rehabilitating them and fixing them up."

"Horses do fall on harder times and he wasn’t in a great place. He wasn’t particularly healthy when I bought him - he was completely structurally sound, there was nothing wrong with him in that way - he was just a scrawny, filthy, not terribly great looking boy.

“But I am a bleeding heart. I try not to burden my family with horses I can’t fix, but I didn’t see any reason not to give him a go - to at least move onto being a show horse."

It turns out Fighting Heart didn't share Gruenefeld's enthusiasm, particularly for show-jumping: "We looked at that option first but he’ll never be a show-jumper, he thinks it’s for idiots.”

She soon learned that when it comes to racing he is a different animal.

"You get him on the track and he’s completely focused and in the zone. He knows when it’s business and when he’s got free time to sticky-nose and take in the world.”

Fighting Heart only returned to trackwork in July - over five years after he last raced - but he'd already had plenty of work put into him away from the track.

They say there is no substitute for race fitness - and punters will likely worry that he is underdone - but Gruenefeld insists his fitness base is there.

"We do a lot of muscle and endurance work - so he works more than most people do, hourly, in a week."

“He’s a horse that prefers a little bit of distance - 1600m to 1800m has worked well for him in the past and we found in training it has worked for him again.

“He’s actually been working longer distances just to make sure his stamina is where it needs to be. When we go to the track people think I’m insane because we don’t go and do two laps we do six. He’s incredibly fit."

Fighting Heart in trackwork at Ipswich
PICTURED: Jockey Jason Missen partnering Fighting Heart in trackwork at Ipswich Turf Club.

While some punters might dismiss Fighting Heart because of his age, for Gruenefeld it's a non-issue:  "There are so many reasons why his age is actually an advantage and combined with the way he trains makes him even better. He's tough, he's savvy and he can push through the burn of a tough run," she insists.

Regardless of where Fighting Heart finishes when he resumes, the journey he and his trainer have taken to get to this point is a testament to them both and a triumph in its own right.

And if Gruenefeld does end up training the "big fella" back into the winner's circle, then this story gets the fairytale ending it deserves.

In a curious but related footnote, Gruenefeld's also has an unraced eight-year-old, Syber Warrior, who is set to debut soon.

Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2018-Oct-11, 07:50 AM Reply #5678 »
I see Tim Clark used to ride him in HK.
They should reunite for his return

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« 2018-Oct-20, 02:40 PM Reply #5679 »
I'm sure anyone who was familiar with Bel Burgess from his Victorian days would accept the trainer's explanation.

Once he was able to clear the field the way he did, he was always going to be hard to catch especially with the allowance and on the kind racing surface.

He had a very good record in Vic as a strong front runner before hard tracks and big weights got to him.

Ditto Ditto

 Very easy lead again, 51kgs and $15.00 into $7.00.

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« 2018-Nov-18, 11:05 AM Reply #5680 »
Jockeys send off a valued room-mate

FAREWELL: Retiring jockey room attendant Doug Weir (centre) at his farewell with local hoops. Pictu Trackside Photography

RETIRING Jockeys Room attendant Doug Weir estimates he sorted about 300,000 saddlecloths and handed over just as many jockey silks in his 13 years working on Brisbane racecourses.

Weir, 74, retired last month and jockeys made a special presentation to him yesterday.

“Never a day went by without you doing something above and beyond,” jockey Jim Byrne said.

“We’re sad to see you go, but we’re very happy that we can give you something as a small token to express our appreciation.

“I’m sure every jockey here that you’ve done anything for appreciates what you’ve done for us.”

Weir said it was “a job with a difference” and one where you never knew what could happen in a day.

“Even days that looked straight forward on paper could turn to turmoil in a very short time,” he said.

“I would like to think I gave the job my best shot.

“I made a few stuff-ups over the years, but nothing major.”

While the organising of saddle cloths, transferring of colours and calling for medical assistance when needed were all vital parts of the job, Weir’s trickiest duty was allocating spots in the jockeys’ room, something that could become particularly sticky during carnival time with visiting jockeys.

Shane Scriven came in for special mention as a jockey who regarded his usual spot in the room as sacred.

“Sometimes there was problems with seating that would upset a few of the jockeys, they would get a bit cranky if someone was sitting in their seat,” he said.

Weir is set to have surgery this week to remove a kidney which has a tumour, following which he will undergo chemotherapy. He hopes to be back at the races soon.

“Saturdays in future will be quite boring, but it will be a lot easier on my poor feet,” he said.

“Thoroughbred racing has been my hobby for 50 years and will continue to be part of my life.

“I’ll be keeping my eyes on what’s going on down here. You (jockeys) won’t be getting away with anything I don’t know about.”


Good luck to Doug with his health issues.

Giddy Up :beer: