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O.P. « 2007-Jul-24, 11:57 AM »
7 - DOMINANT HISKENS STEEPLECHASE3700 M

Of $200000 and $2000 trophy.  1st $130000 and trophy of $2000, 2nd $40000, 3rd $18000, 4th $8000, 5th $4000. Starter Subsidy: $170 for non-prize earning runners. Set Weights plus Penalties.  Field Limit: 12+4 EM

NoHorseTrainer Rating
1ANYONE WE KNOW (NZ)David Hayes   (130)
2CLEARVIEW BAYHeather Frew   (142)
3CONZEAL (NZ)Eric Musgrove   (131)
4GINOLADAaron Purcell   (129)
5HIGH SEASON (NZ)John Wheeler   (130)
6KINGSTON SCENEPeter Rintoul   (125)
7LOTHARIO (NZ)John Nugent   (124)
8MR HEFNER (NZ)Chris Wood   (124)
9PERSONAL DRUM (NZ)Eric Musgrove   (138)
10SOME ARE BENTRobert Smerdon   (146)
11SPANISH SYMBOLTom Hughes   (135)
12SWIFT RULEGary Carson   (130)
13THUNDER BEARChris Hyland   (112)
14VICTORY NIK (NZ)Max Hinton   (113)
15VIRVACITYDarren Weir   (133)
16WEEPING WILLOWChris Hyland   (124)

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« 2007-Jul-24, 12:17 PM Reply #1 »
Regarded as the 'Cox Plate of jumps racing', the Dominant Hiskens is set to attract an exciting field including Some Are Bent which will be going for a record equalling nine straight wins over the fences.

If he wins the race he will earn a $100,000 Betstar Bonus for his owners. To be eligible to win the bonus a horse must win three races during the JJ Houlahan Jumps Series and the Dominant Hiskens Steeplechase.

This is the final meeting of the 2006/07 racing season at Moonee Valley.

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« 2007-Jul-24, 12:20 PM Reply #2 »
Durden a spectator for Hiskens

By Robert Windmill   aapracing

Champion jumps jockey Craig Durden has run out of time to be ready for Saturday's Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley.

Durden who won last year's Hiskens on Personal Drum has been sidelined the past two months after rupturing the ligament at the base of his thumb when Firestone had a fatal fall at Moonee Valley on May 19.

Durden had a pin removed from the thumb 12 days ago but rehabilitation has been slower than he thought and he may not resume riding until the middle of next month.

"I was hopeful of getting back for the Hiskens but after the first few days of physio it was probably going to be asking too much to get there," Durden said.

"I am still roughly two or three weeks away, possibly a little bit longer,"

"Since the pin came out last Thursday week I have been riding one horse a morning and I will probably step that up a bit this week.

"It is pointless rushing back because if something happened to go wrong it could be a lot worse than the first time."

Durden has enjoyed a great association with Personal Drum who won last year's Grand National and Hiskens Steeplechases.

However the nine-year-old has failed to recapture that form since returning from Japan in April and is faced with a tough task to defend his Hiskens crown against the rampaging Some Are Bent.

Some are Bent is going for an amazing, record-equalling ninth straight jumps win on Saturday.

Lots of Time (1969) is the only horse in Australian racing history to have won nine consecutive races over the jumps.

Some Are Bent won the Ian Macdonald Steeplechase at his last start and will have his last serious hit out before the Hiskens at Caulfield on Tuesday.

Pat Cannon, stable foreman for Robert Smerdon, said the horse had done exceptionally well since the Macdonald.

"He pulled up a treat and I think he is the best he has been all preparation," Cannon said.

That's an ominous sign for the horse's rivals on Saturday and for Michael and Alan Eskander's Betstar which is putting up a $100,000 bonus for any horse that wins three races in the 2007 Houlahan Jumps Championship as well as the Hiskens.

So far this season Some Are Bent has won the Houlahan, Lachal, Grand National Hurdles and the Macdonald Steeplechase.

No horse in 21 years has ever won three races in the championship and then been able to win the Hiskens Steeplechase.

Other Hiskens contenders will line up in steeple schools at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning including Virvacity, who was third in the Macdonald, Kingston Scene and Spanish Symbol who both fell in the race, High Season, Swift Rule and Ginolad.

Ginolad was beaten just over two lengths when third in the Grand National Steeplechase to another Hiskens contender Clearview Bay and Swift Rule.

He ran third in a 2200m flat race at Warrnambool on Sunday.

Among other Hiskens nominations were Anyone We Know who was second in the Macdonald, and Conzeal who was fourth.

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« 2007-Jul-24, 02:18 PM Reply #3 »
Lots of Talent Could Lead to Equalling Record 

Racing Victoria

There has been lots of time separating jumper Some Are Bent from his opposition this season as the Distorted Humour gelding strives for his ninth consecutive jumps race win in the Dominant Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

If successful, Some Are Bent will equal the record for the number of consecutive jumps race wins held by Lots of Time.

As a 4YO, the Power House entire trained by Norman Creighton posted nine consecutive jumps race wins in 1969 before coming unstuck in the 1969 Grand National Hurdle (4800m) at Flemington on a heavy track.

Ridden by George Costello, 9/4 favourite Lots of Time, carrying 10.8 stone, lost out to 10/1 shot Brother Bart despite meeting him 3.5kg better off at the weights.

When Lots of Time posted his ninth consecutive win in the Port Phillip Hurdle at Sandown on 21 June, he carried 11.4 stone over two miles to hold out Brother Bart, who carried only 1kg more than the weight he had in the Grand National Hurdle.

Below is the record run of Lots of Time, which started as an 8/1 shot at Kyneton on a heavy track.

Among the highlights of his 1969 season was breaking the Flemington course record.

Race

Dist.

1st

Venue

Date

Track

SP

Wght

2nd

Hurdle

2800m

$600

Kyneton

12 March

Heavy

8/1

9.4

Sea Lark

Hurdle

2400m

$700

Geelong

26 March

Good

7/1

9.9

Sea Lark

Junction Trial Hurdle

2600m

$1120

Moonee Valley

8 April

Good

6/4f

10.3

Auswyn

Hurdle

2900m

$560

Moe

23 April

Good

7/4

10.6

Headman

Bourke Hurdle

2800m

$1200

Pakenham

7 May

Good

E

10.10

Sky Wheel

Barkley Hurdle

3200m

$2450

Flemington

10 May

Fast

3/1

10.0

Yarra Burn

Marmont Hurdle

3200m

$2450

Caulfield

24 May

Heavy

6/4f

10.7

Fair Record

Toolambool Hurdle

3200m

$2540

Caulfield

7 June

Slow

9/4f

10.2

Sea Lark

Port Phillip Hurdle

3200m

$2800

Sandown

21 June

Good

5/4f

11.4

Brother Bart

 



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« 2007-Jul-24, 03:01 PM Reply #4 »
Pantani has been sent to the spelling paddock after the grey tailed out and was pulled up by apprentice Nicholas Hall in a 2400m race won by Bugatti Royale at Caulfield last Saturday.

Laing had been hoping to get the grey up for Saturday's $200,000 Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley.

"He's had an arduous preparation since winning first up over 3000m at Sandown last September and has earned a good spell," he said.

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« 2007-Jul-24, 04:14 PM Reply #5 »
won't be there, will be in sydney watching the Tiges get their arses kicked up there  :tard.gif:

It's usually a great spectacle and a great day

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« 2007-Jul-26, 10:52 AM Reply #6 »
Best vie for Dominant Hiskens title 


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Australia's best jumpers are set to clash in this Saturday’s $200,000 Dominant Hiskens Steeplechase – the Cox Plate of jumps racing - at Moonee Valley.

The final field of 13 (plus one emergency) was released this morning. The headline horse is Some Are Bent which is aiming for a record equalling nine straight wins over the jumps and a $100,000 ‘Betstar’ bonus.

Some Are Bent will wear saddlecloth number one and carry equal top-weight of 67kg with recent Grand National Steeplechase winner Clearview Bay. Given his outstanding recent form, jumps’ racing’s iron horse Some Are Bent is well weighted on Saturday and drops 2kg on his last win in the Dominant Macdonald Steeplechase at Moonee Valley.

The last horse to carry 67kg to victory in the Dominant Hiskens was the John Wheeler trained St Steven in 2002.

Also taking their place in the field this Saturday are defending Dominant Hiskens champion Personal Drum, recent Dominant St Steven Steeplechase winner Spanish Symbol and exciting prospect Kingston Scene.

Spanish Symbol and Kingston Scene both schooled well at Moonee Valley yesterday morning. Kingston Scene’s regular jockey Steven Pateman reported the horse felt good and had taken no harm from his fall in the Dominant Macdonald Steeplechase last start.

“Since the fall he has been jumping the big fences better. It has made him much more careful,” said Pateman.

Three-time winning Nakayama Grand jump winner Karasi will lead out the Dominant Hiskens field on Saturday and a replay of his most recent win will be shown on the Big Screen and closed circuit TVs.

The Dominant Hiskens is race six on the card this Saturday and will be run at 3:35pm. Only a limited number of dining packages remain available for the meeting due to the overwhelming interest in the race. This is an outstanding result for the Club.

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« 2007-Jul-26, 10:59 AM Reply #7 »
6 - 3.35 - DOMINANT HISKENS STEEPLECHASE- 3712 M

Of $200000 and $2000 trophy.  1st $130000 and trophy of $2000, 2nd $40000, 3rd $18000, 4th $8000, 5th $4000. Starter Subsidy: $170 for non-prize earning runners. Set Weights plus Penalties. Field Limit: 13+4 EM

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1 SOME ARE BENTRobert SmerdonB W McLean4 67(146)
2 CLEARVIEW BAYHeather FrewT Logan11 67(142)
3 PERSONAL DRUM (NZ)Eric MusgroveG M Bedggood12 67(138)
4 HIGH SEASON (NZ)John WheelerB Scott3 65(130)
5 SPANISH SYMBOLTom HughesA Trinder14 64(135)
6 ANYONE WE KNOW (NZ)David HayesC Maund2 64(130)
7 VIRVACITYDarren WeirG Gilmour10 63(133)
8 SWIFT RULEGary CarsonW Williams5 63(130)
9 KINGSTON SCENEPeter Rintoul9 63(125)
10 CONZEAL (NZ)Eric MusgroveJ K B Riddell13 62(131)
11 GINOLADAaron PurcellW Harnett7 62(129)
12 WEEPING WILLOWChris HylandR Waymouth8 62(124)
13 LOTHARIO (NZ)John NugentJason Evans6 62(124)
14E MR HEFNER (NZ)Chris Wood1 62(124)

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« 2007-Jul-28, 05:12 PM Reply #8 »
The race was taken out by the $15 chance Spanish Symbol who scored by eight lengths over Anyone We Know, $21, with Some Are Bent two-and-a-quarter lengths away third.

Spanish Symbol’s victory was the second leg of a winning jumps double for trainer Tom Hughes.

He was successful earlier in the day with Shrogginet in the Dominant Moonee Valley Hurdle.

Good on him, top effort.


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« 2009-Jul-23, 04:28 PM Reply #9 »
By Mark Ryan
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Thursday 23 July 2009, 4:02pm

Trent Wells will make a last-minute bid to ride Pentiffic in Saturday's AV Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley when he appeals a careless riding suspension on Friday.

Wells has been paid up to ride Pentiffic in the $200,000 feature over 4050m as well as stablemate Monty's Boy in the $100,000 Bob Barr Smith Hurdle (4050m).

He is appealing the decision of the stewards and the severity of the careless riding suspension imposed for his ride on Nurey in the Highweight Maiden Plate (1900m) at Kilmore on Tuesday.

Wells was outed for two jumps races ruling him out of Saturday's important engagements unless his appeal before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board is successful.

Brian Johnston, who co-trains Pentiffic with his partner Fran Houlahan, said Brett Scott was standing by to ride the Pentire rising six-year-old should Wells' appeal fail.

Scott will ride the Eric Musgrove-trained Stop The Traffic if Wells wins his appeal.

Wells, 23, has forged a strong association with Pentiffic having won the Yalumba Classic Hurdle (3600m) at Oakbank in April and was aboard the gelding last start when an impressive seven-length winner of the Leslie Short Memorial Hurdle (3300m) at Sandown on July 11.

Pentiffic is having his first start over the bigger fences as are reigning Australian Hurdle winner Hooker Road and 2007 Australian Hurdle winner Hasta Manana.

Bill Williams will ride the Robbie Laing-trained Hasta Manana who Laing said won his 2800m steeple trial by 25 lengths on a very heavy track at Mornington on Wednesday.

Gavin Bedggood will ride Warrnambool Grand Annual winner Sir Pentire who also impressed Laing in winning his Mornington school.

Warrnambool trainer Ciaron Maher is very happy with Geeorb who is chasing a hat-trick following his wins in the St Steven Steeple (3200m) at the Valley and the Ian Macdonald Steeple (3900m) at Sandown.

"He's just ticked along at the beach since his last run and seems to have come through it well," Maher said.

"He's eating up well and I think he should run up to his best."

Maher is not worried about the going for Geeorb as he won those races on heavy tracks and scored by nine lengths on a good surface when he won the Crisp Steeple (4000m) at Flemington in June last year.

He regards the dangers to Geeorb as the first-time steeplechasers.

"The hurdlers are always the ones to watch in this type of race," Maher said.

"Pentiffic is a nice horse and it looks like he jumps the steeple fences quite well.

"But my bloke is fit and ready to go and just backing off going into it which I think is a good thing."

Geeorb is $2.90 favourite with TAB Sportsbet ahead of Pentiffic at $3.50 with Hasta Manana and Sir Pentire at $7 and Spirit Of Alaton and Hooker Road next best at $8.


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« 2009-Jul-23, 04:49 PM Reply #10 »
I don't think little HOOKER ROAD has ever finished worse than 2nd in a jumps race.  God bless his  :heart:

Might have to stick with him. :chin:

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« 2009-Jul-25, 04:46 PM Reply #11 »
Horse death sparks race track clash

The Daily Telegraph
July 25, 2009 4:00PM

PROTESTERS and Racing Victoria track staff clashed after the death of a horse in today's AV Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley.

Police intervened after a barrier staff attendant threw to the ground a protester who stood in front of the horse ambulance.

About six protesters were escorted by police from the race track to the car park.

The horse was euthanised after falling in today's AV Hiskens Steeplechase.

The eight-year-old horse, Geeorb, was leading the $200,000 race but bungled the second last jump.

Jockey Steve Pateman was shaken, but unhurt.

Geeorb, a winner of the Crisp, St Steven and MacDonald steeplechases, broke its off side shoulder after he crashed through the jump.

It is the seventh jumps race fatality this season.

Tainui Teina, which was following Geeorb, threw jockey Richard Eynon. Both horse and jockey were unhurt.

Racing Victoria Limited Chief Operating Officer Bernard Saundry said the incident would be referred to Wednesday’s Jumps Review Panel.

Saundry said the RVL Board supported the continuation of jumps racing for the remainder of its season. He added a review would then be conducted on its future.

He said he would await a report from RVL chief steward Terry Bailey on the actions of the barrier attendant who was involved in the scuffle with the protestor.

Protesters rushed to the scene of the fall about 800 metres from the finish only to find a horse ambulance about to take Geeorb to the Werribee Veterinary Clinic for an autopsy.

One protester positioned himself in front of the horse ambulance and leaned on its bonnet preventing its progress.

A barrier attendant, who witnessed the protesters from a car that transports the attendants to and from the start of races, approached the protestor.

After a short dialogue the attendant grabbed the protestor and threw him to the ground.

Shortly after, three police arrived and separated the attendants and protesters.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 05:51 PM Reply #12 »
HOw on earth did they have access to 'rush to the scene' - there was at least two riderless horses running around the place straight after the race and access to the racing surface is restricted anyway.  Perhaps its time authorities stopped lettng the protestors on course.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:01 PM Reply #13 »
I'll accept full responsibility seeing I backed Geeorb the place.
I actually think Pateman erred at that jump by taking off too early  :/ although it was hard to tell as at that point they used the stupid ground camera  :rant:

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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:05 PM Reply #14 »
How pathetic that a horse dying makes the lead story in the channel 10 news  :mad: :mad: :mad:

With murders, people being killed in cars last night, theo getting off rape, swine flu deaths and a mother burning her house down trying to kill her family... that makes lead story??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????



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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:10 PM Reply #15 »
Didn't see one mention of King of Ashford dropping dead last week either on the TV news or as a rush news item on herald sun yet there were concerns for the jockey at the time too.  BUt the news hones in on any jumps race incident - and let me guess whatever the protestors are calling their group got an impassioned 'oh is so cruel' on tv while some old bloke or a harsh looking official in a suit commented on behalf of racing.
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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:11 PM Reply #16 »
How pathetic that a horse dying makes the lead story in the channel 10 news  :mad: :mad: :mad:

With murders, people being killed in cars last night, theo getting off rape, swine flu deaths and a mother burning her house down trying to kill her family... that makes lead story??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


 :yes: :yes:

I was tempted to run around when I saw them filming live and tel em to fk off lol.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:48 PM Reply #17 »
He said he would await a report from RVL chief steward Terry Bailey on the actions of the barrier attendant who was involved in the scuffle with the protestor.

They are kidding aren't they?  The protester was trespassing and placing other lives in danger with 2 riderless horses still running around the track--what did they want the attendant to do--make a cuppa and offer a piece of cake?  The protester must be charged--invade the cricket and you get fined $5000

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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:52 PM Reply #18 »
Did anyone on here actually see what happened as at the end of the report it said police separated attendants and protestors (plural for both).  Yes in other sports invade the field of play and get fined or banned or both.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 06:56 PM Reply #19 »
The only crime at today's races were committed by the protestors. Running on to the course is unacceptable as is fighting with supporters who are there for their living.  Protestors should be banned for their behaviour today,  :thumbsd:

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« 2009-Jul-25, 07:38 PM Reply #20 »
HOw on earth did they have access to 'rush to the scene' - there was at least two riderless horses running around the place straight after the race and access to the racing surface is restricted anyway.  Perhaps its time authorities stopped lettng the protestors on course.

They were protesting near the gates in the centre of the track.  Pretty easy to get from there to where the incident happened.

This media thing intrigues me though.  When I first moved to Melbourne in 2003, there was a shocking season for fatalities, the last couple, except for the spate at the start of this season, haven't "seemed" so bad.  There was little mainstream coverage then, so why now?  Where is their "in", or is there money behind them somewhere?  I am also fascinated that they can't get more than 10 people to a protest.  This smacks to me like the fox hunting ban in the UK, supported by very few people, but moneyed and influential.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 08:08 PM Reply #21 »
This smacks to me like the fox hunting ban in the UK, supported by very few people, but moneyed and influential.

Nah - metro daily newspapers have become increasingly populist in recent years, especially as their news agenda is driven more by their news websites than print editions.  And their news websites are not so much about journalism as they are about 'hits' - after all, a click's a click.  And that's their business - selling readers to advertisers

Under that scenario - and given papers set the agenda - it's easier and more tempting for them to agitate reader's prejudices now than it was in 2003.  The front page of the Herald Sun will have emotive pictures of injured jumps horses.  On page 8 they'll have a full page advert for Coles mince meat, (meat that no doubt came from questionable farming and slaughtering practices). 

(I don't think much of the press)


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« 2009-Jul-25, 08:26 PM Reply #22 »
I think you are spot on BH.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 08:40 PM Reply #23 »
I would agree BH, except that I have never seen more than 10 anti jumps protesters in the one place.  Maybe you are right, and they are trying to generate a mass anti jumps racing movement, but that brings me back to who is driving the agenda.  Is it newspaper editors, or is there something/one else behind it.  If so, I would like to know who and why.

Personally, I think most people would be against jumps racing on principle, but in reality it comes a long way down the list of things that are important to most people.

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« 2009-Jul-25, 09:05 PM Reply #24 »
Perhaps someone who makes decisions at the paper agrees with them as you usually dont see the same stuff in the Adelaide paper (where many other things including racing stories are run the same).  King of Ashford dropped dead last week and not one mention about the horse and the fact it died - perhaps a tiny mention of the jockey since there were early concerns.

Geeorb was experienced, won his previous two starts in similar company, seemed to jump pretty well  and was leading - he made a mistake leading to a sad accident.  But the protestor footage still made the news about 10 minutes in here - at least it wasnt as dramatic as some of the footage they have shown (taken from behind the jump) but enough to push the emotive 'button'.

Really they need to start stopping the protestors from coming on course especially if they have now jumped barriers to access the racing surface and horse ambulance. 


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