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« 2020-Apr-13, 10:44 PM Reply #5725 »
Race 8 at Ippy today gave Maryann Brosnan the quinella possibly a rare feat for her ......a trainer with a small stable of ordinary horses.... it was a tremendous win by MONTEZ not well away but always looked to be travelling well in midfield and came with a flashing run to blowse the stablemate in the shadows of the post...... ran much faster time than recorded in the previous race a meritorious effort by horse and trainer. :thumbsup:

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/ipsw/20200413/race/8


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« 2020-Apr-14, 09:41 PM Reply #5726 »
Qld carnival travel doubt remains

It remains doubtful whether Queensland’s revised winter carnival will feature interstate participation with racing authorities set to confirm the situation in the next few days.

Racing Queensland’s chief executive Brendan Parnell said authorities were to soon establish whether new COVID-19 border restrictions and horse movement guidelines would preclude interstate participation in the new six-week carnival to begin on May 9.

"At the moment there are new border restrictions announced over the weekend so we are working through new state government guidelines and as far as whether they (interstate horses) can travel or not will be established over the coming days," Parnell told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse on Tuesday.

"It would appear on first read that it is for essential or exempt travel and whether livestock is classified in that or not, and once that is confirmed we’ll let southern trainers know.

"We have altered our animal movement policies and protocols as of this week with limited animal movement allowed, similar to Victoria, with commercial transport only and no participant movement between zones."

On March 26, Racing Queensland (RQ) announced the COVID-19 outbreak had forced it to cancel the state’s winter racing carnival but on April 10, RQ advised there would be 15 Group races staged across the six-week carnival period, albeit with drastically reduced prizemoney.

Among the 15 group races to be reinstated are the Group 1 features the Stradbroke Handicap and J.J. Atkins Stakes but races like the Doomben 10,000 and the distance classics – the Oaks and Derby – will not be run this year.

Parnell said the changes to the program were necessary.

"A lot of the profits for our clubs are made in May and June and with patron-free racing and with potential closure or lockdown of different parts, we had to make some hard decisions," Parnell said.

"I think we’re in for a very turbulent period in the industry and we must prepare."


https://www.racing.com/news/2020-04-14/news-qld-carnival-travel-doubt-remains

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« 2020-Apr-23, 11:52 AM Reply #5727 »
Race 9: SHOW A HEART BENCHMARK 75 H'CAP – 1200M
 
CORAL BAY – Slow to begin.
 
BERING SEA – Slow to begin.
 
RAMTASTIC – Slow to begin.
 
COPYWRITER – Checked near the 1100m. After stewards considered the evidence provided, jockey A. Allen, the rider of ALL IMPORTANT, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that he shifted his mount in near the 1100m at an acute angle, tightening the running of HOLLABACK GIRL, forcing that horse in on to MOONAN JOYCE, which in turn was forced in on to the rightful running of COPYWRITER, causing that horse to be checked. Jockey Allan’s licence to ride in races was suspended for 16 days, commencing midnight Saturday 25 April and expiring midnight Monday 11 May 2020.
 
HOLLABACK GIRL – Tightened for room near the 1100m and forced in on to MOONAN JOYCE.
 
MOONAN JOYCE – Overraced for a short distance near the 900m. Tightened for room near the 1100m and forced in on to COPYWRITER.
 
Jockey L. Tarrant pleaded guilty to a charge under AR115(1)(a) in that he misconducted himself after being involved in a verbal altercation with jockey L. Cassidy in the vicinity of the scales area by head-butting jockey Cassidy, resulting in his helmet making contact with the nose of jockey Cassidy and causing jockey Cassidy an injury. Jockey Tarrant was disqualified for a period of 6 months, commencing immediately and to expire on Thursday 22 October 2020. In considering penalty, stewards took into account the significant contact to jockey Cassidy and also the breach of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols currently in place, and the potential for his actions to have an adverse effect on the racing industry.
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Tarrant obviously overreacted following a verbal exchange with Cassidy ....Tarrant was on Copywriter which did receive a check  in the backwash from Moonan Joyce ridden by Cassidy which took Copywriter's running...while provocation is a defence.... it remains to be seen if the head butt was a reasonable response to the verbal exchange...without knowing what was said by either I doubt it would justify one head butting the other
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« 2020-Apr-23, 08:48 PM Reply #5728 »
Munce staying on track

CHRIS HONNERY

FORMER Melbourne Cupwinning jockey-turned-trainer Chris Munce says it’s business as usual despite his Queensland training operations going into administration.

A notice appeared on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website on Tuesday, outlining a meeting scheduled for creditors next Wednesday to discuss the situation of Eagle Farmbased Munce Racing Pty Ltd.

When contacted by The Courier-Mail last night, Munce said the move was simply to do with a business restructure.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission confirmed Munce was allowed to continue training, despite his company going into administration because such a move does not “automatically trigger a review of their suitability to hold a licence.” :what:

The news came as a surprise to the racing world following Munce’s success.

The champion jockeyturned-trainer boasts 42 Group 1 wins during his riding career, including the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper and Caulfield Cup.

He is one of only seven jockeys to claim racing’s “Grand Slam” in the history of the sport.

Munce has trained more than 240 winners, with his runners earning $8.5 million, since he retired as a jockey in 2015.

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« 2020-Apr-23, 09:41 PM Reply #5729 »
Chris Munce 8 winners and 15 placings (and a stack of 4ths) for his last 50 starters - strike rates other trainers could only dream of achieving.

https://www.racingaustralia.horse/InteractiveForm/TrainerLastRuns.aspx?trainercode=NTk5MDQ4MzQ%3d&trainername=Chris+Munce

Perhaps an underlying problem related to the expenses of maintaining a business during COVID-19? Lawyers and accountants telling him he has to do this?

Don't know anything. Only guessing.

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« 2020-Apr-24, 11:53 AM Reply #5730 »
Chris Munce 8 winners and 15 placings (and a stack of 4ths) for his last 50 starters - strike rates other trainers could only dream of achieving.

https://www.racingaustralia.horse/InteractiveForm/TrainerLastRuns.aspx?trainercode=NTk5MDQ4MzQ%3d&trainername=Chris+Munce

Perhaps an underlying problem related to the expenses of maintaining a business during COVID-19? Lawyers and accountants telling him he has to do this?

Don't know anything. Only guessing.

The official line is the  ASIC notice which describes the issue as the meeting of creditors suggesting financial problems ...Munce says it's a meeting to discuss a business restructure........QRIC's statement is to the effect that it doesn't intend interfering with his training license.
Part of the conditions an applicant for a trainer's license is that  a trainer must be financially viable and continue to remain financially viable to hold the license.
Probably more to come QRIC would hold a watching brief on the issue and if they aren't asleep at the wheel  would have sought further and better particulars which I assume has satisfied them that there's no basis at this point in time of putting any restrictions on his ability to train. 

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« 2020-Apr-24, 12:21 PM Reply #5731 »
Hmmmm,

Hope he is not doing a 'phoenix' - a ploy used to rip workers off of their entitlements like superannuation and leave payments.

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« 2020-Apr-24, 02:22 PM Reply #5732 »
There's no way he'd being "doing a Phoenix" with this.

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« 2020-Apr-24, 06:56 PM Reply #5733 »
RED STINA....................Stewards report today...........Race 5 – Gallipoli Class 3 Plate – 1800m
RED STINA – Stood flatfooted and lost ground. Connections were advised that a warning would be placed on the mare’s barrier manners.


This is the fourth run in a row that this mare has failed to begin with the field .....her last three runs resulted in stewards noting Slow to begin ...Extremely Slow to begin and stood flatfooted

So after 4 runs in a row of giving the field a start and burning punters' money ....... the stewards simply place a warning on her ...that's a very insignificant action to take .... ...I 'm amazed they didn't  ban her until she showed she could begin satisfactorily in a trial against other runners on at least two occasions before the stewards.

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« 2020-May-24, 10:36 PM Reply #5734 »
Queensland hoop cops four months on handling charge


A Queensland jockey has been hit with a lengthy suspension for failing to give his mount the chance to obtain the best finishing position.

Stanley Watkin was issued a four-month ban for his handling of Hacksaw Ridge at Emerald on April 11.

Hacksaw Ridge, who started $6, finished sixth in the 1200m Class 6 that was won by his Todd Austin-trained stablemate Turkey Beach ($9).

Stewards took exception to Watkin’s riding between the 800m and 300m, when Hacksaw Ridge was a conspicuous last, and charged him under the rule that dictates that a jockey must take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure a horse is given the best opportunity to win or obtain the best possible finishing position.

Watkin was also quizzed on what the stewards deemed insufficient vigour entering the home straight.

The 61-year-old pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty of the charge.

His suspension ends on September 14.


https://www.racing.com/news/2020-05-24/news-jockey-suspended-for-four-months

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« 2020-Jun-29, 06:16 PM Reply #5735 »

Qld handicapper Lester Grimmett to retire
Sunday 28 June, 2020
Mark Oberhardt

One of Queensland's best-known racing administrators in handicapper Lester Grimmett will retire on Tuesday.

Grimmett, 73, has been a handicapper with the Queensland Turf Club and Racing Queensland for 50 years.

He was one of the last links to a golden age of Queensland racing still working in the industry.

Grimmett started in the industry in 1968, taking notes at stewards' inquiries for the Queensland Turf Club on a part-time basis.

By 1973 he had risen through the ranks to become an assistant handicapper for the QTC and seven years later was appointed head handicapper.

Grimmett was the handicapper when Queensland horses such as Strawberry Road, Vo Rogue, Chief De Beers, Starcraft, St Jude, Falvelon and Show A Heart were national stars.

When the QTC was replaced by RQ, Grimmett was retained as chief handicapper and he oversaw many changes.

In 2003, Grimmett's role as chief handicapper saw him lead the introduction of a centralised system to cover Queensland, a role in which he served until 2015.

Affectionately known as 'The Cat', Grimmett stepped aside five years ago to move into a part-time role, which he has since occupied through until his retirement.

"I grew up with a passion for the industry, and can remember going to the track as early as four years old with my mother, so to work in an industry I have always loved was a dream come true," Grimmett said.

"I've had the pleasure of handicapping the likes of Chief De Beers and Vo Rogue; I think I got Vo Rogue beat one day by allocating him what proved to be too much weight.

"I just want to be remembered as a good handicapper, someone who did the job well and got the weights right."

Grimmett will remain a regular racegoer in his retirement.

"I loved every day of it, I walked in there early days and couldn't believe how lucky I was to be getting paid to work in an industry I love.

"To do that for nearly 52 years is a privilege and an honour."
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Davie Fowler had Lester online today in his top rating radio show Press Room replaying an earlier interview a very interesting episode too well worth catching up for those who may have missed it one of the best I have heard since the days of Wayne Wilson who excelled in interviews putting the guests at ease.

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« 2020-Jun-30, 08:48 PM Reply #5736 »
If Lester Grimmett decided to write a Book on his time within the industry, it would make Great Reading as he'd cover the Old and the New!!

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« 2020-Jul-01, 08:12 PM Reply #5737 »
Just finished going through the Videos of Doomben. The Sky Caller Today was David Fowler. Had to smile after one race when he commented  that one runner was very disappointing and another one didn't put in . Listening to this it was like a throw  back to the days of Bill Collins or in particular Bert Bryant. And I mean that as a high form of praise.  In Today's culture it was refreshing to hear a commentator with the courage to make an observation rather than the usual stereotype version where nothing , or no one , gets to proffer an opinion. Well done David and may you continue to put your individual stamp on your calls in the future.

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« 2020-Jul-05, 08:58 PM Reply #5738 »
letsgohorseracing site and Archie Butterfly appear to be in the J Fleming corner in preference to DF!! Thoughts!

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« 2020-Jul-05, 09:28 PM Reply #5739 »
Nothing against Fowler but in my opinion Fleming is a far better caller.

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« 2020-Jul-05, 10:04 PM Reply #5740 »
Nothing against Fowler but in my opinion Fleming is a far better caller.

I'm with you sobig, it's not even a comparison imho.

If there's a shuffle up going on then those making the decisions either don't watch or listen to races or it's 'political'  :shrug:

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« 5 hours ago Reply #5741 »
JF is a star, Fowler is a reserve grader at best.

In Flindell, Hill and Fleming we have the best three and most accurate callers in the last 40 year.

These guys have never been under more scrutiny with the number of replays available and they barely make an error.

Unfortunately the gap behind them to fourth is huge. The next group of callers are very average.


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