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By 4TAB Race Caller
How do we define a true ‘champion’

Last week I was talking with some racing hard
heads about how the word ‘champion’ is
over used these days. It seems every second
horse which wins a couple of feature races in
suddenly called a champion. The same goes for
trainers and jockeys. Rode a big race winner and
you are a champion jockey or train a Group 1
horse and you are a champion trainer. It was
really re-enforced when I recently read the
Spring 1954 record of the galloper Rising Fast.
He came from New Zealand in the winter of
1954 and finished third in our Doomben Cup.
He then won the Barnes Plate - the weight for
age race at the old Brisbane Exhibition carnival
- before heading south. Then in the Spring in
Melbourne he won the Feehan Stakes, Turnbull
Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Caulfied Cup, Cox
Plate, Mackinnon Stakes, Melbourne Cup and
CB Fisher Plate. Rising Fast also ran second in
the Underwood Stakes. In all he won £33,175
which in this day and age would be about $7
million. He then went on to win another
Caulfield Cup and was a second in a Melbourne
Cup. In fact there seems little doubt he would
have won the second Melbourne Cup on protest.
The rider of the winner Toporoa was suspended
for two months after the race for causing interference
to Rising Fast. But in that day and age
the connections of Rising Fast wouldn’t protest.
It wasn’t the done thing for protests in big races
in the 1950s. But anyway that was a champion.
What a horse and you must remember he was
beating fields of up to 30 runners. We also got to
talking about how tough the old time stars were
in the 1950s through to 1970s. Take a horse like
Winfreux - he won Stradbroke Hcps and
Doomben 10,00s and then ran in Melbourne
Cups. Those type of horses could also be called
champions. All of which brings me to how we
should classify the winner of this year’s Cocx
Plate, Maldivian. No one would begrudge connections
a big win after the terrible blow they
suffered when Maldivian was scratched at the
barrier from last year’s Caulfield Cup. However,
I doubt he will go down among the all time great
Cox Plate winners. In fact I doubt he will be
remembered as anything better than a very good
horse. However, I keep saying it but I reckon
winning jockey Michael Rodd will be remembered
as a champion. He may have been born in
NSW but we claim him as ours because he did
his apprenticeship on the Gold Coast. He was
very ill after winning the Melbourne Cup last
year on Efficient. But he bounced back to his
best. The thing about Michael is he hasn’t
changed a bit since his apprentice days. Michael
could well become the most successful rider to
come out of Queensland and that is saying something.
Don’t forget he will ride on the VRC
Derby favourite Whobegotyou on Saturday. By
the way all three jockeys in the placings did all
or part of their apprenticeships in Queensland.
Danny Nikolic,who rode runner-up Zipping, did
part of his time with Bruce McLachlan while
Glen Boss was with Kaye Tinsley on the Gold
INTERESTING news that Bruce McLachlan
and his son Jason have decided to form a
joint training partnership. Bruce has been
one of Australia’s leading trainers for the past
35 years while Jason also has a very impressive
CV. Training partnerships have been all
the rage in the south for some time. The latest
was the Hawkes family of John and sons
Michael and Wayne. The advantage is that in
a racing industry which is now seven days a
week, you can share the work load. A lot of
trainers say it takes a big toll on themselves
and their families. It is especially the case in
Queensland where a lot of travel is required.
For an instance a Deagon trainer may go to
the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Caloundra and
Toowoomba all in the one week. It only makes
sense in the current climate to share the work
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Acquired, Hey Elvis,
Adnocon and Pentacity.

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« 2008-Nov-05, 11:35 AM Reply #2 »
By 4TAB Race Caller
What has happened to Sydney racing?

The biggest question at Flemington last
Saturday wasn’t what would win the
Melbourne Cup but rather what had happened
to Sydney racing? To say Rosehill’s
meeting was appalling was an understatement.
There were a four, a five, and a six
horse races. Even the other races which had
enough runners for each way betting were
not strong. The funny thing is there will be
20 barrier trials on some days in Sydney.
The Sydney boys had a handy spring but
the minute the big races were over the field
sizes dropped off alarmingly. Many a pundit
has tried to come up with the solution.
Sydney was the hardest hit of all the racing
centres by the equine flu crisis. Then the
Pope’s visit threw the Randwick trainers
into confusion. However, it is a bit rich to
blame the entire problem on those events.
One thing does seem pretty clear that
Sydney racing is dominated by three or four
stables. Just look the at trainers premiership
with Gai Waterhouse, Peter Snowden and
Chris Waller having trained a combined
total of winners than the next 15 trainers on
the premiership. However, again that has
not been strange to Sydney racing. It is a
centre where one of two big stables have
always dominated the premierships. It was
Tommy Smith, Brian Mayfield Smith or
John Hawkes for many decades. Another
excuse has been the current economy with
some claiming that Sydney, as the financial
centre of Australia, is being hardest hit. But
again they also have the advantage of having
the big Hunter Valley studs nearby. It
means those studs usually race their horses
in Sydney which is a big advantage. A lot of
people are blaming the grading system of
racing in NSW. A lot of country trainers just
don’t believe they are can win races in the
city. It means the field numbers are well
down. The funny thing is the form out of
Sydney remains very strong. The Sydney
horses have been racing well during the
Spring in Melbourne. Thesio continued a
great trot for Gai Waterhouse in the
Mackinnon Stakes and Northern Meteor
won the Ascot Vale. The bottom line is
something has to be done to get Sydney
back firing. Now, it is most unusual for me
to feel sorry for the ‘Spivs’. But Sydney has
always been the gambling capital of
Australia. (Note I said gambling not racing).
So when its racing is getting weaker
with the passing years all of Australia
should be worried. If you get Sydney punters
looking away from racing for their
interest we are all in trouble.
THE other big talking point in
Melbourne last week was the number of
international horses in the Melbourne
Cup. I am afraid it is no use Australian
trainers and owners complaining. There
is no doubt Australian horses are struggling
to make the field because of 20
years of catering to speed horses. I have
pointed out on many occasions that
Australia and in particular Queensland,
have basically ignored staying bred stallions.
Semipalatinsk was out last genuine
staying sire but he was more of an all
rounder. Probably, Lumley Road, who
had the champion stayer of the 1970s
Grey Affair, was our last top class staying
only sire. Now I am not saying one way
or the other when it comes to the emphasis
on sprinting sires. I can see both sides.
But if you are going to concentrate on
speed don’t whinge when the kiwis and
internationals win your big staying races.
I HATE to sound like a broken record but
there is no sport like racing to be a leveller.
Take apprentice Amy Taylor who was in
great form before a fall at Doomben on
Saturday sent her off to hospital. Amy had
ridden five city winners in the past month
before the fall. Then you have Clare Lindop
who was sacked off a couple of runners in
the Spring. She then rode the roughie winner
of last Saturday’s VRC Derby in Rebel
Raider_ what a turnaround in fortunes!
Lindop keeps breaking records for women
jockeys but you can bet she will have more
ups and downs as time goes on.
Jamelden Cat, Big Tony and Red Sphere.

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« 2008-Nov-12, 11:19 AM Reply #3 »
By 4TAB Race Caller
It’s not just ‘horses for course

One of the oldest sayings in racing is ‘horses
for courses’. After last week’s
Flemington Spring carnival perhaps that should
be changed to jockeys for courses. Like many,
I was stunned by the tactics employed by the
Aiden O’Brien jockeys in the Melbourne Cup.
As has been well documented the trio went out
at an ‘Oakleigh Plate speed’ and promptly
compounded to finish at the tail of the field.
There were plenty of critics who were willing
to write off the international jockeys. But I
really believe they are not bad jockeys but they
have trouble working out how to ride in
Australian races. Don’t forget Frankie Dettori,
perhaps the best jockey in the world, fell into
the same trap when he first raced here - trying
to ride European style in Australia. I have just
returned from a trip to Europe and I can honestly
say the European jockeys are every bit as
good as ours. It is just they are used to a different
type of racing. They weren’t kidding
when talking about pacemakers in races. In
Europe often the lesser stablemate will set a
genuine pace so that races are run at a true
speed. Let me explain for those who are not
regular racegoers. Horses are like humans, the
vast majority can’t sprint at the start and also
the end of their races. But in staying races
horses who have true stamina need a strongly
run race. There is nothing worse for a true stayer
than a race where the field walks and then
sprint home the final 600m. The best stayer
will often get beaten because he can’t make the
ground needed or doesn’t have the necessary
explosive speed. Therefore trainers with genuine
stayers like a good even solid pace
throughout the race. One way to ensure that is
to put a pacemaker in the race and let him turn
it into a real test. Of course it is extremely rare
for a pacemaker to hold on and win the race. It
is one of the reasons that stable horses are
bracketed in Europe. It means no matter which
stable runner wins the race you back a winner
- of course at much shorter odds. The idea of
brackets was suggested here many years ago
and laughed out of town. Anyway, back to
jockeys and the pace of races. Most Australian
jockeys are very good judges of pace. They
must have been laughing halfway through the
Melbourne Cup. It is interesting that when
European horses do race well here it is usually
with Australian jockeys. I know Michael
Kinnane won the Cup on Vintage Crop but
there have been plenty of other slaughter jobs
by visiting hoops. All of which brings me to a
word of warning. Horses such as Septimus are
very good stayers, so don’t be shocked if he
comes back and wins the Cup but with an
Australian jockey.
THE other old saying in racing is when
someone is on a winning streak - stick with
them. But if they are not avoid them. It was
again shown during the entire spring carnival
when the big two -Lee Freedman and
David Hayes - really struggled. The
undoubted star of the Spring was Mark
Kavanagh who looks a trainer to follow for
years to come. But the old adage certainly
emphasised just what a great trainer Bart
Cummings has been for 50 years. As I said
after he won the Brisbane Cup with Viewed
in June, he is simply a freak. Not only did he
win the Melbourne Cup but also a 1200m
Group 1 race with Swick. Cummings isn’t
just a great horse trainer. He is a great
sportsman. Will we ever see a trainer match
his great record? I honestly doubt it.
IT was no surprise that jockey Michael Rodd
carried on his great form during the rest of the
Spring. He had been the form jockey winning
Group 1 after Group 1. He finished the Spring
off by winning the Group 1 Patinac Farm on
Swick. But I reckon one of his best rides was
on Ice Chariot. I know the horse ran 11th and
was ‘gone’ at the 250m. But Michael gave it
every chance and put it into the race at the
right time only for Ice Chariot’s old legs to
give out.
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Fairhall, River
Perfume, Vainqualo, and Double Heart.

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« 2008-Nov-19, 01:17 PM Reply #4 »
Racing Now!
By 4TAB Race Caller
There has been plenty of talk about how
the cashed up West Australian carnival
will impact on our summer carnival.
Queensland Racing Ltd has put a lot of
effort into making the summer carnival in
south east Queensland a major success. It is
the first time our carnival will go head to
head with the Perth carnival since a big
increase in prizemoney for WA racing. An
extra $30m has gone into Perth racing prizemoney
and there are plans for their feature
Railway Stakes to eventually be a $5 million
race. This year Perth has attracted
superstars Apache Cat, Takeover Target and
a squad of very good horses for its carnival.
It means the Perth carnival will command a
great deal of media attention in the next few
weeks. However, I don’t think the Perth carnival
will have that much of an impact on
our summer carnival. There are some very
good younger horses such as Charming
Rogue, Heart of the Citi and Hey Elvis as
well as some handy Sydney gallopers being
set for our Doomben summer treble. It will
create its own interest. Of course we also
have the Magic Millions carnival on the
Gold Coast which will attract the best of the
two year olds. Magic Millions has really
established itself as a great two year old
race not to mention the big races associated
with it. For those reasons I don’t believe our
summer carnival has much to fear from the
west. But where we do have to worry is in
the winter. I have pointed out many times
that horses aren’t machines and can’t race
12 months of the year. They can’t front up
and race at the elite class in the spring, summer,
autumn and winter carnivals.
Something has to give and it will be the carnival
with the smallest prizemoney.
Unfortunately, that carnival is the winter.
We desperately, need a boost for winter carnival
prizemoney. Okay, here it comes again
but we must have a $2 million Stradbroke
and a $1 million Doomben 10,000. As far as
I am concerned they remain the two best
sprint races in Australia. However, they
won’t be for long if we can’t attract the very
best Group 1 sprinters. I know we are in the
middle of tough times but something will
have to do to fix the situation. Perhaps, even
a cash bonus for any horse than can win
both would be a start. I will also like to see
an across the board increase in winter prizemoney
but I have to admit in the current climate
that will have to wait.
CALOUNDRA trainer Trevor Miller is
one of the few people in racing who is
well liked by anybody. Trevor has been
based on the Sunshine Coast for 20 years
after spending the early part of his career
in Cunnamulla. He has the major attributes
of country folk - a great knowledge
of horses with a lay back manner. It is
why I was so happy to see Trevor get
another good two year old in Big Tony.
The colt is still very green but scored a
good win on Saturday. He will improve
out of sight and should be well suited in a
1200m race such as the Magic Millions.
Trevor has had a lot of good horses
including the brilliant sprinters Heavenly
Knight and What of a Knight as well as
the tough stayer King Latarmiss. The big
guns should start coming out for MM in
the next few weeks but I reckon with
$34,000 in prizemoney, Big Tony is just
about assured of a place in the field.
IT was great to see the famous All Hallows
school get behind the Eagle Farm meeting
on Saturday. There has been much discussion
about racing needing to attract the
younger generation. Now I am not suggesting
we encourage schoolgirls to bet. But it is
good for them to get an idea of what racing
is all about as a sport. All Hallows is one of
the best sporting schools in Australia and
maybe we can at least attract some interest
from the school’s family.
Fast Lover, Big Tony and Stasang.

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« 2008-Nov-28, 07:00 AM Reply #5 »
By 4TAB Race Caller

horses for wet courses.great ‘mudders’

The big wet last week got me thinking about
some of the great ‘mudders’ that have been produced
in Queensland. As we live in a subtropical
climate it is no shock that Brisbane has had some
wonderful wet track horses. As I have explained
before in this column no one really knows what
makes a good wet track horse. Some horses literally
‘swim’ through the mud and win races easily.
Other horses can be champions on dry tracks but
get beaten 20 lengths on a wet surface. I have heard
100 explanations with some even claiming it is to
do with the size of a horse’s hooves while I have
even heard it said grey horses love the wet.
Probably the closest to the mark is that some horses
are more confident in wet conditions. It means
they will stretch out and run truly while other tend
to be afraid and tackle tiny steps. But why some
breeds of horses are regarded as superior wet trackers
will always be a mystery. But there is no doubt
certain horses have wet track bloodlines and really
go through it well. Anyway, I thought it was a good
time to step back and have a look at the best wet
trackers I have seen in the past years in Brisbane.
There is no doubt the best of them was Strawberry
Road who was a champion in any going. Trained by
Doug Bougore Steawberry Road won an AJC
Derby by 10 lengths on a bog tracks. The horses
which ran second Veloso then came out and won a
Sydney Cup by many lengths at his next start. Larry
Olsen rode Veloso and he said of Strawberry Road:
“I have never seen a horse get through heavy going
like him.” Strawberry Road, who was by noted wet
track sire Whiskey Road, simply loved the wet. Of
course he later raced with great success in Europe
and was a top sire in the USA. Second on my all
time list would be Flying Creole who was trained
by Jim Atkins in the early 1970s. I saw him win a
race at Eagle Farm on a heavy track by an official
10 lengths. If it wasn’t a furlong (200m) I am not
here. He won a QTC Cup on boy but soon as it was
dry he would get beaten out of sight. Flying Creole,
who was by another noted sire of mudders in
Creole, was also a very good Albion Park horse
being unbeaten there. Making up my to three was
Top Marc who raced in the past decade. I included
him in my top three because he was unbeaten on
heavy tracks and he handled all wet tracks. You
might think it may sound silly - after all a wet track
is a wet track. But in the past few years an unusual
trend has developed with wet tracks. For instance
some horses may win on a heavy track at Doomben
but not handle a heavy at the Gold Coast. Don’t ask
me why but it can some times be a case of wet track

IT was great to see a race named after my old
mate the late Keith Noud on Saturday. Noudie
was a trailblazer for racing and was a legend
Australia wide. I can still hear him saying: “Up
goes Prunda.” (Prunda was the superstar of the
1960s). Noudie will long be remembered for his
calls of Bernborough winning the Doomben
10,000-Doomben Cup double. After he retired
from race calling Noudie wrote two excellent
books on the sport in Brisbane and was the PR
man for the Brisbane Turf Club. Likewise it is
great to see the Summer Stakes next month has
been named after legendary jockey George
Moore. As I say if you honour your past, the
future always looks bright.
APPRENTICE Matt Palmer has certainly been in
great form since coming back from a stint in
Sydney. I have always had a wrap on Matt and his
younger brother Michael. They are the sons of former
champion jockey Gary Palmer. Matt had a season
with John O’Shea in Sydney and has come back
a more polished rider. His effort to win on Dual
Chamber on Saturday was an exercise in patience.
He didn’t panic when the second horse Fairhall
kicked away and showed plenty of vigour to get
home. It was his 10th win of the season and left him
a clear leader in the jockeys premiership.
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Crystal Honour,
Woorim, Little Mel and Adnocon.

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« 2008-Dec-04, 12:27 PM Reply #6 »
By 4TAB Race Caller

There was plenty of comment at Eagle
Farm on Saturday when bookmakers
bet about 160 percent for much of the time
on the two year old. They did get in
towards 140 percent at the end but you
would have expected them to being betting
about 120 percent by then. However
it did spark an age old debate. Only four
of the original field of 16 had actually
started. However, five of the first starters
had never had even had an official trial.
Two of those were from the powerful Alan
and Trevor Bailey stables and another
from the Bruce and Jason McLachlan stable.
It made tipping and betting in the race
a minefield. As it turned out one of those
who had already had a start in Double
Heart won the race. But the Victorian
media has been throwing a tantrum for
years about two year olds having a first
start without a trial. The big problem has
been the big stables such as Lee Freedman
and David Hayes with first starters who
are trained privately. Then again the two
year old winner in Melbourne on Saturday
was a first starter from a little known stable
who had not trialled in public. Kwassa
Kwassa was backed from 16-1 into 8-1
and won easily. It means no one has even
seen them gallop on the track. When I was
in Melbourne last month a provincial two
year old race had eight starters - all were
having their first run and none had trialled.
The bottom line in the debate is
whether racing is put on for owners and
trainers or punters. Several years ago I
raised this very issue and was accused of
sitting on the fence. Well my opinion hasn’t
changed - in other words I am still 50-
50. As an owner and a breeder I obviously
want to get a return on my horses. Of
course I am not alone as it is very hard to
get a quid these days. However, as a
punter I want to get as much information
as I can when making a selection. When
you have absolutely nothing to go on it is
easy to give a race a big miss. Racing is
closely linked with TAB turnover and having
‘mystery fields’ can’t do that any
good. In other words I can’t see a way
around the problem but thankfully it is
only a rare one here unlike in Victoria.
And I suppose it could be worse we could
be like Sydney which has hundreds of trials
but race fields of only five and six
IT is amazing how often you can find
the key to a horse without really trying.
The Magic Millions is starting to take
shape with some very good performances
in the past few weeks. However,
there were none better than Fairchild’s
win in a $100,000 Magic Millions race
at Toowoomba on Friday. She came
from near last to storm over the top of
the leaders in the final 100m. Perhaps,
the win was flattered by a hectic early
pace. At her first two starts Fairchild
had shown sizzling pace and been run
down on the line. This time she was a
little slow to jump, was ridden back in
the field and the rest was history.
Fairchild is trained by Liam Birchley
who is taking a very strong hand in the
MM. He also has the very smart
Pakrika who will be very hard to beat
in the ‘big one’. Birchley also has a
promising two year old in Sarge In
Charge who is bred to be a good stayer
later in his career.
I DON’T mean to be sexist but by gee the
girls are doing a great job of training on
the Gold Coast. Helen Page was in the
winners list on Saturday with Double
Heart. She has been in great form of late
but so have Gillian Heinrich, Mary Ann
Thexton, and Alicia Willick who are also
based at the Gold Coast. Throw in Sue
Birney, Debie Newham and co and we are
blessed with some outstanding women
trainers. Of course they are top class trainers
in their own right. But women struggled
for many years to be recognised in
racing so it is great to see them getting
plenty of the limelight.
Charge, Monashee Princess, Lucky
Luna and Presley.

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« 2008-Dec-07, 02:59 PM Reply #7 »
Just bump this in case Coins want to read it.

I know you are like us and keen on SE Qld racing .


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Thanks Gratlog.  emthup

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« 2008-Dec-10, 10:05 AM Reply #9 »
By 4TAB Race Caller

Sydney field sizes are a major problem

 Surely the Glen Boss fiasco will make
Sydney racing officials take a look at the
problems they are facing with field sizes.
Perhaps, the Sydney lads can tell us to look
after our own backyard but Sydney and
Brisbane racing have been closely linked for
150 years. Having a strong Sydney racing
scene is vital for Queensland. For starters
Sydney based owners are major buyers of our
yearlings. Queensland punters have always
had a close interest in Sydney racing and the
recent problems haven’t done much for our
turnover. Brisbane jockeys often graduate to
Sydney racing. I have lost count of the people
who have complained to me about Sydney
race fields in recent months. For starters it is
boring racing. Small fields usually don’t produce
much pace and often they are nothing
more than a procession. Big fields generate
pace and truly run races generate exciting
racing which in turn generates turnover. I
have raised the issue on several occasions in
this column. There have been pages written
about the reasons for the small fields in
Sydney. The rating-grading system, the dominance
of the Waterhouse and Snowden stables,
too many barrier trials, an unsuitable
handicapping system etc. They have all been
blamed but the bottom line is Sydney is
struggling. When someone of the calibre of
Glen decides to move from Sydney to
Melbourne it is time to take note. Glen just
couldn’t get a ride in Sydney because he was
not bound to one of the big stables. He isn’t
the only one - Sydney has 10 of the best jockeys
in the world and some days only four or
five of them actually get to ride in a race.
Glen is a champion jockey having ridden
about 50 Group 1 races including three
Melbourne Cups. But he was flat out getting
a ride at Wyong in Sydney. He rode at
Moonee Valley last Friday night and landed a
treble. Therefore you couldn’t say he had lost
any of his ability. Punters like following the
top jockeys and G Boss is certainly a top
jockey. The funny thing is Sydney horses still
dominate a lot of the carnivals.
IT is amazing what a bit of confidence can
do for a jockey. No one is riding better in
Brisbane than Dan Craven who has
teamed up with top trainer Barry Baldwin.
Dan has always had a heap of ability and
has ridden hundreds of winners. But a few
years back he was struggling to get regular
rides in Brisbane. He has had a couple of
stints overseas and he has come back a
very polished jockey. Dan has turned in
some very good rides to win city races of
late. None was better than his effort on
Racing Pegasus who won the Golden
Horseshoe at Doomben on Saturday.
Racing Pegasus came from an outside,
crossed the field, and then fought on for a
good win. Any Brisbane punter will tell
you it is almost impossible to win from
wide barriers at the Doomben 1100.
However, once in front Dan rated the filly
perfectly and she showed plenty of ability
to win. Racing Pegasus is eligible for the
Magic Millions Two Year old Classic and it
would be great to see Dan win the race.
The Golden Horseshoe has always been a
very good form race. I can remember
Laurie’s Lottery winning it ten years ago
and he went on to win a Doomben 10,000.
WEST Australia is reaping the benefits of
spending some money with its summer carnival.
I can’t remember the last time the Perth
races were on the back page of Sydney and
Melbourne Sunday newspapers. The carnival
has received terrific coverage and given Perth
racing a really high profile. Of course, if you
look through the records it is clear Perth is
getting back to the days it attracted horses
such as Kingston Towns, Vo Rogue and
Mighty Kingdom. Hopefully, our summer
carnival will be just as successful.
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Racing Pegasus,
Express Air, Paymore and Cedar Manor.

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« 2008-Dec-17, 05:07 PM Reply #10 »
By 4TAB Race Caller

Queensland is ready
to grab the limelight
Perth has had the lions share of the summer
carnival publicity but Queensland is
about to grab its days in the limelight. This
week’s Doomben Stakes - the second leg of
the treble - is shaping a most interesting
race but the real excitement is starting to
build up for the Magic Millions Two Year
Old (1200m) on January 10. There will
need to be a couple of very smart two year
olds coming from the south to match our
trio of Paprika, Double Heart and Fast
Lover. Paprika made it three wins in a row
when she won the Macdougall Stakes
breaking a 17 years race record. She is all
class and won more like a three year old
than an early season two year old. Trainer
Liam Birchley has done the smart thing by
trying to teach Paprika how to sit behind
the pace and sprint home. The Magic
Millions is rarely won by a horse which
leads all the way. However, it is a race
which is often won by a horse which can sit
up on the pace and then sprint quickly.
Paprika looks as though she will fill that
bill. The big thing will be for her to draw a
good barrier. Double Heart is also a ready
made racehorse and the colt shows plenty
of natural pace. He did a great job to win
the Meynink Stakes after being attacked in
the lead. The wild card in the Magic
Millions at this stage is Fast Lover. He just
keeps missing the start but, boy, he can hit
the line. He can’t win the magic Millions if
he misses the start. However, if he is within
striking distance on the turn he really
will make it interesting. The biggest worry
trainer Maryann Thexton has is getting into
the field. Fast Lover has won $27,000
which will put him right on the border line
of getting a start. Wouldn’t it be great if
Helen Page (Double Brave) and Fast Lover
quinellaed the MM for the women trainers?
Throw in Gai Waterhouse who has
Horizons in the race and it could be a
woman trainer trifecta.
BY gee, where has the year gone. It just
seems like yesterday I was writing how
important 2008 would be to the racing
industry after the problems with the
equine flu virus shutdown. In many ways
I think racing has bounced back pretty
well. After all I doubt many other sports
could suffer a blow like the shutdown
and maintain its place in the sporting
world. Brisbane’s horse numbers have
remained strong and so has the standard
of our Saturday racing. While Sydney,
Adelaide and on occasions even
Melbourne have struggled for horse
numbers we have had eight races every
Saturday with each way betting. The
prizemoney for Saturday meetings has
remained strong with QTIS and QSI racing
ensuring $100,000 races are run each
week. It has meant the spotlight has been
kept on Brisbane racing. However, there
have been some problems with mid week
and some country meetings. There needs
to be a boost for prizemoney and a major
boost at that. With most winners getting
about $6500 there isn’t a lot left over for
owners. The highlight of 2009 should be
the establishment of the Brisbane Racing
Club - a combined club made up of the
Brisbane Turf Club and Queensland Turf
Club. It should bring in an entirely new
era for racing in this state. So I am looking
forward to the year which should see
racing really starting to fizz.
Racing Ltd boss Bob Bentley on his
appointment as boss of the Australian
Racing Board. It is a feather in the cap for
the Queensland racing industry. Any
Queenslander getting a national leadership
post is great. Some even joked Bob was following
in Kevin Rudd’s footsteps. I don’t
know about that but it is a great honour.
HAVE a happy and safe Christmas and
back a winner.

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« 2008-Dec-17, 06:56 PM Reply #11 »
DD, do you moonlight as this Wayne Wilson character or do you ghost write his weekly report  :biggrin:

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« 2008-Dec-17, 06:57 PM Reply #12 »
DD doesn't, but we reckon Mark Oberhardt does.

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« 2008-Dec-17, 08:43 PM Reply #13 »
 Wayne Wilson writes

Racing Ltd boss Bob Bentley on his
appointment as boss of the Australian
Racing Board. It is a feather in the cap for
the Queensland racing industry. Any
Queenslander getting a national leadership
post is great.
Some even joked Bob was following
in Kevin Rudd’s footsteps. I don’t
know about that but it is a great honour.

Don't quite know what Wayne means by the bit in blue  :mad:

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« 2009-Jan-15, 06:04 PM Reply #14 »
By 4TAB Race Caller
Phelan was ‘Ready’ for the win

Whoever said racing is a funny business
must have been thinking about last
Saturday’s Magic Millions. Trainer Bruce
McLachlan had been telling everyone for
months that his horse Phelan Ready would
win the Magic Millions. However, after the
Tommy Smith Classic at Christmas it
looked as though Phelan Ready wouldn’t
even make the field. He labored into fourth
place and it appeared he didn’t have enough
prizemoney to make the field. In fact he
was the last horse to qualify and then
stormed home at win paying $99 on one of
the TABs. I know a couple of blokes who
had backed him in early betting at 16-1 so
they were feeling a bit sick. But hey, you
shouldn’t worry about backing a winner. It
was great to see Bruce McLachlan win his
third Magic Millions but this time with his
son Jason as his co trainer. The pair have
swept all before them this season and it was
naturally a boost for their new partnership.
I did feel truly sorry for trainer Liam
Birchley and jockey Shane Scriven who
seemed to have the race at their mercy until
the final 50metres. Hopefully, next year it
will be their turn.
TIME certainly has flown as I can
remember when jockey Darren Gauci
was being hailed as Australia’s best ever
apprentice. He won the Melbourne jockeys
premiership as an apprentice. More
than 20 years later Gauci has ridden
more than 40 Group 1 winners and still
has plenty of flair. His winning ride on
Tempest Tost in the Magic Millions
Three Year old Classic was outstanding.
The Tasmanian filly was given every
chance by Gauci who doesn’t mind travelling
to ride a winner these days. He
rode at a Townsville meeting last year
and bobs up all over the country. Some
say Gauci is past his best but in my opinion
he is still a very, very good jockey.
The QTC closed down part of the paddock
area so renovations can be made to the public
grandstand. It meant the public was
allowed into areas such as the members
champagne bar. I am told it certainly added
plenty of atmosphere to recent meetings.
The bottom line is that racing is at its best
with big crowds. It is one reason why I
would hate to see bookies disappear from
our racetracks. They still attract the crowds
and add colour to race days.
I’M not the only one who has said it but
the pace in Brisbane staying races is
becoming a farce. We have had enough
trouble developing stayers without the
races being turned into a walk and then
a 600m sprint home. A couple of our
recent staying races have been laughable.
In one race at Doomben recently the winner
broke 34 seconds for the final 600m -
it is unheard of except for Tulloch and co.
The two staying races at Eagle Farm on
Saturday were also won by leaders who
were able to amble along and then sprint
away to win easily. In Europe they have
pacemakers in their staying races which
is frowned on in Australia. But at least it
usually means the best stayer on the day
wins. Other than that I can’t think of a
way to solve the problem. Oh, for the
days of front runners such as Vo Rogue,
Pirate Bird, Scotch and Dry and co.
MY old mate Colin McAlpine always has a
good stallion at his Eureka stud on the
Darling Downs. Over the years he has had
some outstanding stallions including the
great Semipalatinsk. But I reckon he has
one of Australia’s most under-rated sires in
Piccolo. He is the sire of very promising
two year old Temple of Boom who scored a
most impressive win at the Gold Coast on
Saturday. Temple of Boom is the latest in a
long line of smart two year olds Piccolo has
produced including the TJ Smith winner
Picaday. But his progeny race on to a ripe
old age and many can get a staying trip.
Pinpoint Accuracy, Dictatorship, Silvern.

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« 2009-Jan-29, 05:57 PM Reply #15 »

Wayne is on page 7.

I cannot copy it like I have been.

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« 2009-Feb-11, 05:49 PM Reply #16 »
By 4TAB Race Caller
Widespread concern about competiveness
More than a few people have been expressing
concern about Queensland’s ability to
compete against the southern horses in recent
Over the years we have generally produced
horses who were more than competitive in
Sydney and Melbourne. However, some claim
in recent times we have really struggled to produce
southern performers.
I don’t entirely agree with that claim.
Sure we haven’t really had a Group 1 performer
since the super sprinting mare Gold
Edition retired. However, we have some nice
young horses who are coming through the
Alan Bailey has a couple of horses who
have raced well in Sydney this season.
Charming Rogue showed he was well and
truly up to Sydney racing with his efforts last
year. Bailey won with Frozone in Sydney last
week and has a really smart two year old in
Streets Away.
I wouldn’t be shocked if Streets Away goes
on to be a regular black type race performer.
Barry Baldwin has taken horses south with
success of late and of course Liam Birchley
won the Randwick Inglis Classic with Fear No
We also have young horses such as Paprika
and Phelan Ready who I am sure will develop
into southern performers.
THE Sydney boys have finally woken up
about the $100,000 fillies and mares races
which are staged almost weekly by
Queensland Racing. There has been a real
effort in Brisbane to increase the standard
of our races for females. The idea is that
they can get some black type or a feature
race before they go to stud. It adds to the
value of their yearlings. In recent months
more and more Sydney mares are coming
here for the races. On Saturday there were
four Sydney mares in the race. It would be
fair to say they weren’t the very top of the
Sydney female tree. But their connections
obviously see it as a chance to get some big
prizemoney against weaker opposition. It
has lifted the standard of our races and I
don’t think that is a bad thing.
IT seems every week we are saying that racing
is a funny game. As I said some weeks back I
can’t remember a time when there have been
so many race falls around Australia.
The most recent was top jockey Glen
Colless who ended up with a bad injury to his
toes after a fall at Eagle Farm.
Hopefully, Glen will be back riding soon.
Punters really love to follow someone of his
ability. But there was a light hearted side to his
fall. The story got around quickly that Glen was
desperate to get a clearance to ride in Sydney
on Friday. It led to a mad scramble by punters
to find out the Sydney mount.
It was Frozone who won at Randwick on
Friday for Alan Bailey and not surprisingly
started a lot shorter on the Queensland tote.
ONE thing about racing people they can
always come up with a way to combat
There were plenty of disruptions last
week with the major heat wave which hit
the southern states. Some meetings were
abandoned, others were rescheduled to late
starts and some were put off for another
day. It caused some comment that officials
were just trying to protect TAB turnover.
As racing is linked very closely to
turnover I don’t think there is anything
wrong with that.
However, it wasn’t the first time officials
had made some emergency measures to
ensure racing went ahead. I can remember
in the early 1970s when Brisbane was floodbound.
The Queensland Turf Club elected to
race on the sand training track at Eagle
Farm. In fact there were three sand track
Eagle Farm meetings in Brisbane during
the period.
The Brisbane Turf Club also switched its
meetings from Doomben to Albion Park.
A more recent example was extraordinary
steps taken for racing during the
equine virus scare.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:Five Ways, Stoner,
Streets Away, and Bell Academy

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« 2009-Feb-11, 06:09 PM Reply #17 »
Miracle Wayne still with us after  pancreatic cancer, one of the worst.

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« 2009-Feb-20, 07:16 AM Reply #18 »

By 4TAB Race Caller

Who will fit this year’s Slipper?
The Golden Slipper is undoubtedly
Australia’s best two year old race and is
always very difficult to win. However, this
year is looming as one of the most interesting
Slippers in a long time.
I think we saw a couple to worry the big
two - Rostova and Real Saga - out of the
weekend’s racing.
The filly Rostova and the colt Real Saga,
which is Queensland owned, will also be
the favourites in the Blue Diamond Stakes
in Melbourne, on Saturday. However, there
is still six weeks to the Slipper and there
will be plenty of challenges coming out of
the woodwork.
History usually shows the Slipper winner
has started by now.
There have been more than a few horses
across the states who have shown ability.
Bruce McLachlan’s Phelan Ready, who
won the Magic Millions, and our brilliant
two year old filly Miss Me Katy are two
from Queensland who wouldn’t be out of
Sydney seems to throw up a new superstar
each Saturday. But I really liked the
look of Tickets who won in Sydney on
He is a son of Staging who was a brilliant
mare about a decade ago.
I remember her being most unlucky in a
Doomben 10,000.
Tickets is by Redoutes Choice so it
wouldn’t shock if he got over at least
Perhaps he will be a Sires and
Champagne Stakes horse but the Slipper
can be won by strong finishing horses if
there is a break neck early speed.
In Melbourne, Gai Waterhouse produced
the brilliant Viking Legend.
The word out of the Waterhouse stable
was Viking Legend was very smart.
He showed great pace to win at Moonee
Waterhouse also had another winner in
Sydney with Horizons who had failed in the
Magic Millions.
There were also good two year old races
in Adelaide and Perth but it would surprise
if the Slipper came out of those races.
PS: It was good to see Nathan Tinkler
win a feature race in Adelaide with
Tinkler has spent a fortune on horses
and while the Cheltenham Park Stakes
was no Golden Slipper it is nice to win
features. Pergram is a son of the
recently deceased General Nediym, who
of course won our Magic Millions.
IT was good to see former Albury apprentice
Brent Evans ride his first Brisbane winner
on Saturday.
Evans came to Queensland last winter
with top NSW country trainer Brett
Cavanough and decided to stay on with
Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch.
Evans showed plenty of ability to win on
Tisani Boy.
Wet tracks can be very hard to ride but
Evans showed he has what he takes to make
it in Brisbane.
He still has a few rough edges but they
will go with experience.
There have been wraps on him from
Toowoomba for some time.
Evans has ridden 45 winners on all tracks
this season and Saturday’s winner won’t be
the last one in town.
There has been something of a turnover
in our apprentices this season.
Only two of our apprentices are in the
top 12 jockeys at the moment.
Matthew Palmer is the leading apprentice
by a mile but he has outridden his
Amy Taylor has moved from
Toowoomba to Brisbane and she should get
more opportunities.
Owen Turpin and Luke Rolls have been
riding well.
On the subject of apprentices, I am told
Deagon apprentice Tracey Dicey is making
progress after he Boxing Day fall.
It is certainly very good news.
EAGLE Farm held up remarkably well
on Saturday despite havingbeen hit by
nearly 100mm of rain.
I keep sayingand many people agree -
the two Brisbane tracks are amongthe
best wet surfaces in Australia.
Well, I will change that - in the world.
All we need is to update the facilities
and we will have a world class racing
centre. Gee, I think I have written
that before.
Maybe, someone will listen one day.
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Neeson, Tisani
Boy, Malela and King’s Artist.

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« 2009-Feb-20, 07:41 AM Reply #19 »
He didn't mention More Joyous in his Slipper calcs  :o

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« 2009-Apr-01, 06:48 PM Reply #20 »

By 4TAB Race Caller

NOTtoo many people agree but I still think
Bruce McLachlan’s horse Phelan Ready can
win the Golden Slipper. It doesn’t really
matter where he draws because he gets back
in the field, but does need cover and a
strong pace. The Golden Slipper is always
run at a break neck pace and that will suit
Phelan Ready to a tee. I know he was well
beaten by Real Saga two weeks ago, but
Phelan Ready was on the worst part of the
track. Bruce went close to winning the
Slipper with the filly With Me in 1990. He
has always rated Phelan Ready alongside
With Me and St Jude. People have bagged
the Magic Millions form after Phelan
Ready won, but I think they may be in for a
shock. Queensland has not won the Slipper
since 2002 when Calaway Gal was the victor.
Guineas was trained in Brisbane when
he won the Slipper but for the Ingham family,
so he wasn’t really a maroon. On a sad
note Jason Holder who won the Magic
Millions on Phelan Ready is injured and
will miss the Slipper ride. There was also
some bad luck for trainer Bruce Brown,
who trained Calaway Gal to win the
Slipper. He failed to qualify with his filly
Emma’s Heart.
IT was great to see breeder Neville Bell
have success with his horse Bevagna at
Doomben last Saturday. Neville’s a great
supporter of Queensland racing and also
owned a share in the Caulfield Cup winner
Sky Heights. Bevagna, who is owned
by Neville’s wife Mary, is by the sire
Ombra Della Sera. A former smart
sprinter Ombra Della Sera has done a
good job at stud but it was his first metropolitan
winner. It couldn’t have been
more timely with the QTIS sales on last
weekend and it gave Ombra Della Sera a
profile. He had 11 lots at the Gold Coast
sales and they sold well. Ombra Della
Sera was one of the top sons of Brave
Warrior and won feature races at
Caloundra and in the city. Brave
Warrior looked like being a super sire
but died after serving only two crops.
Another of his sons Show A Heart is one
of Queensland’s top sires. Bevagna’s win
was a real family affair for Neville
because Bevagna’s dam Pale Face
Express was trained by Mick Mair but
was retired to stud when she bled. He
was looking for mares to go to Ombra
Della Sera and Mick suggested her with
satisfying results and Bevagna might give
Mick another strong arrow in his quill
for the winter.
JOCKEY Larry Cassidy made the right
moving to Brisbane. He has ridden more
than 20 winners since arriving in January.
His ride to win on Humma at Doomben on
Saturday was a gem. I know Humma had
the perfect alley, but it was a ride to show
at apprentice’s school. I presume Larry
intends to stay here for the long term and
there is no reason he can’t have an influence
here for the next decade. His big
strength is that he rides at 53kgs.
Incidentally, Humma’s trainer Rob
Heathcote continues to lead the premiership
and he must be a great chance of taking his
first ever title. Not bad for a bloke who was
a tour guide just over a decade ago.
I AM having a break from race-calling
for a month but I will be checking in with
my old mate Mark Oberhardt who will
be filing my column for me.
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Fab Fevola, Hike,
Pay Me and Eddie Rapido

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« 2009-Apr-01, 07:01 PM Reply #21 »
horses to follow....Eddie Rapido...crikey,i remember when that thing was in Sydney,couldn't beat the ambulance home...i know,i backed it.  >:(

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« 2009-Apr-01, 09:34 PM Reply #22 »
I AM having a break from race-calling
for a month but I will be checking in with
my old mate Mark Oberhardt who will
be filing my column for me.

Another chance for mark to fire some bullets.

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« 2009-Apr-20, 12:10 PM Reply #23 »
Horses to follow last week were--15th April paper

Montana Hilton,
Redibis, Gag Order and Frosty.

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« 2009-Apr-23, 07:25 AM Reply #24 »
By 4TAB Race Caller
Great sprinter won’t race in Brisbane

What a great pity we won’t see the great
Australian sprinter Takeover Target in
Brisbane for the Doomben 10,000. The old
boy showed he was racing as well as ever
when winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes
in Sydney last Saturday. Takeover Target is
off to Adelaide and then to Singapore which
means he will miss next month’s Doomben
10,000. If he wins the Goodwood Hcp in
Adelaide he will have won feature races in
all five mainland capitals. The TJ Smith
stole a lot of the thunder of our Doomben
10,000 which is also run at weight for age.
There were only six runners in the TJ Smith
but they had won a total of 22 Group 1 wins
for more than $14 million in prizemoney. In
other words it was a case of quality over
quantity. It is what fans of a weight for age
Doomben 10,000 are talking about. An elite
weight for age field with the very best
sprinters in the country. However, as I have
pointed out on several occasions we aren’t
getting the elite for our big sprints. One reason
is prizemoney and we really need to
boost it for the winter races. I have said it
until I am blue in the face but top horses
draw big crowds and encourage betting.
The one who can come up with the way to
fund it will go down as a legend in racing
circles but it needs to be done.
IT took all of one minute after
Queensland’s Phelan Ready was beaten
in the AJC Sires on Saturday for the
southern experts to start. Phelan Ready
was well beaten behind Manhattan Rain
although he didn’t have much luck.
Within aminute one of the Sydney wonder
boys commented about what the
Golden Slipper result would have been
on a dry track. There have been similar
comments aplenty in the south since the
Sires. These were the same experts who
were lauding Phelan Ready as a champion
only minutes earlier. Of course plenty
of people in Sydney have been saying
Phelan Ready’s win in the Golden
Slipper was a fluke. Hmmm, some fluke
he came from last on the hometurn and
steamrolled the whole field. Two year
olds can ‘go off’ quickly and for no
apparent reason. Phelan Ready has nothing
to prove as he has won $3.4million
this season and two of the greatest two
year old races in the world. Watch for
him next season when he comes back for
the Caulfield Guineas and such races. By
the way, I am taking nothing away from
Manhattan Rain and his trainer Gai
Waterhouse as they both did a great job.
I wonder what Manhattan Rain is now
worth as a sire because he is a three
quarter brother to the champion stallion
Redoubtes Choice. There was also some
bad luck for Peter Moran, who has a
long association with the Queensland
breeding industry. His colt Tickets ran a
very good second after having no luck.
Tickets is out of Peter’s good mare
Staging who also had no luck when
placed in a Doomben 10,000 10 years
ago. Peter is surely overdue for some
Group 1 luck.
COFFS HARBOUR trainer Gordon Yorke
raised an interesting point when he produced
the very smart One Lickety Split to
win at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Yorke has a
huge opinion of One Lickety Split who
looked to have a task on the hometurn but
unleashed a powerful finish to score running
away. Yorke made no secret of the fact
he thinks the horse might be something special
and has a bright future. However, he
said he thought One Lickety Split could
have been qualified for the Golden Slipper.
But he thought in the long term it was the
right way to go to bring him to Brisbane.
Yorke hates running two year olds on firm
tracks as he believes it can jar them up.
Yorke believes in taking the big picture and
this time next year we might be talking
about him having a very very good sprinter.
It is an example of why young horses
should not always be rushed to the racetrack.
Moscato, Returntosender and Lickety