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I object to the constant use of the term "integrity" by the head of RVL and some sections of the media.

There is a specific doping episode being investigated - yes a big one - but to me the word "integrity" means something else.

Hands up here anyone who doesn't bet on Melbourne races because they believe the results are contrived by dishonest people (not you Mair).

There is nothing wrong with the "integrity" of Victorian racing.

There is an alleged doping scandal, but the day to day operations conducted by the Victorian race clubs are maintained by the highest standards of administration and codes of conduct. The outcome of this is a good example.

I feel sometimes people empower themselves by latching on to an issue like this and making the problem appear far worse than what it is. Not to mention the irresponsible Australian media and their default behaviour of scandalizing everything to sell copy.

Well done to all those involved in picking this up.
Breeding & Bloodstock / Best On Breeding
« Last post by PoisonPen7 on 2 hours ago »
Some interesting info on the stallion Siyouni from the trainer in an article on R&S


The colt's dam Aloona was covered by Siyouni in France to southern hemisphere time to produce Aylmerton for Woodpark Stud.


"Siyouni is the best stallion in France. He started as a cheap stallion and he's improved immensely to produce very fast two-year-olds."

The Group One winner's initial fee was 7000 euros ($11,000) and he now commands 75,000 euros ($117,000).
Qld Gallops / Brisbane Racing: BITS AND PIECES
« Last post by PoisonPen7 on 2 hours ago »
Houtzen has performed well in trackwork and Toby Edmonds will be sending her to Sydney to resume in The Fireball Stks on Saturday 3rd March.

Her main aim will be the Sangster Stakes in Adelaide on May 5th.
Four of the top horses in the betting, Sunlight, Estijaab, Gongs and Neutrality, clash on Saturday in the Silver Slipper.

Zousain and Sizzling Belle are no slouches either.

And the unraced one Kneivel is by More Than Ready (a proven Slipper sire) out of stakes winning mare Niagra Falls (?? Peter Moody) and his full sister Elite Falls won the Reisling and is best remembered by me for being beaten a lip at 80-1 in the Oakleigh Plate when yours truly backed it straight out  :sad:


Of $250,000.1st $142,250, 2nd $47,000, 3rd $22,875, 4th $11,125, 5th $6,125, 6th $3,125, 7th $3,125, 8th $3,125, 9th $3,125, 10th $3,125, Equine Welfare Fund $2,500, Jockey Welfare Fund $2,500.


Set Weights, Two-Years-Old, Apprentices cannot claim.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1x NEUTRALITY Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 6 56.5kg
2 1 ZOUSAIN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 56.5kg
KNIEVEL Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 2 56.5kg
4 3x111 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 4 54.5kg
5 11x GONGS James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5 54.5kg
6 11 SIZZLING BELLE Nick Olive
3 54.5kg
7 1 ESTIJAAB Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1 54.5kg

Of $3,500,000.1st $2,000,000, 2nd $600,000, 3rd $300,000, 4th $170,000, 5th $110,000, 6th $50,000, 7th $50,000, 8th $50,000, 9th $50,000, 10th $50,000,

Equine Welfare Fund $35,000,
Jockey Welfare Fund $35,000.


Set Weights, Two-Years-Old, Apprentices cannot claim.

Market Ladbrokes 22nd February - $34 or less

Currently 358 Entries

Horse Price
Sunlight 6.00
Performer 7.00
Estijaab 9.00
Santos 10.00
Plague Stone 17.00
Setsuna 17.00
Gongs 21.00
Neutrality 21.00
Dynamited 26.00
Ef Troop 26.00
Fiesta 26.00
Long Leaf 26.00
Oohood 26.00
Seabrook 26.00
Written By 26.00
Wagner 31.00
Avantage 34.00
Ennis Hill 34.00
Irish Bet 34.00
Kinky Boom 34.00
Prairie Fire 34.00
Qafila 34.00
Sandbar 34.00
Satin Slipper 34.00
Spin 34.00
Betting, Tips & Ratings / Corporate Bookmaker News
« Last post by PoisonPen7 on 3 hours ago »
William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission for lax controls

Betting firm William Hill has been hit with a £6.2m penalty package for breaching anti-money-laundering and social responsibility regulations.

The Gambling Commission said the company did not do enough to ensure prevention measures were effective.

As a result, 10 customers were able to deposit money linked to criminal offences and William Hill gained £1.2m.

The company was found to have not done enough to determine the source of the money or if they were problem gamblers.

The penalty is the second biggest imposed by the Commission, following last year's £7.8m action against betting firm 888.

In a statement, the Gambling Commission said William Hill's senior management "failed to mitigate risks and have sufficient numbers of staff to ensure their anti-money-laundering and social responsibility processes were effective".

William Hill said it had co-operated with the Commission during the investigation. It added it had committed to an independent review and would work to implement any recommendations following this review.

Gambling Commission executive director Tim Miller told the BBC that William Hill should have been "checking the source of money and understanding their customers and ensuring that potentially vulnerable customers are properly protected".

The investigation by the Gambling Commission covered the period between November 2014 and August 2016.

It gave some examples of where it said William Hill's controls were insufficient:

    - One customer deposited about £541,000 over a 14-month period after William Hill assumed his potential income was £365,000 a year, "based on a verbal conversation and without further probing". In fact, the customer was earning about £30,000 a year and was funding his gambling habit by stealing from his employer.

    - Another customer exceeded deposits of £147,000 over 18 months with an escalating spend and losses of £112,000. William Hill's systems identified the issue, "but its only response over a 12-month period was to send two automated social responsibility emails. Our view is that this action alone was not sufficient, given the customer's gambling behaviour, coupled with the severity of the losses."

    - A customer was allowed to deposit £653,000 in an 18-month period which activated a financial alert at William Hill. The alert resulted in a grading of "amber risk", which meant the customer's profile should have been reviewed under the company's anti-money-laundering policy. The file was marked as passed to managers for review, but that did not happen because of a systems failure. The customer was able to continue gambling for a further six months, despite continuing to activate financial alerts.

William Hill will pay more than £5m for breaching the regulations and "divest themselves of the £1.2m they earned from transactions with the 10 customers", the Commission said.
Statement released by head of RVL, Giles Thompson

“Racing Victoria’s primary objective is to protect the integrity of the sport and to enforce the Australian Rules of Racing, ensuring both a level playing field for all and the health and welfare of all horses competing in Victorian thoroughbred races.

“We are committed to the highest levels of integrity to ensure that those in the minority who seek to breach the Rules of Racing and undermine our sport are detected, investigated and ultimately prosecuted.

“We have invested heavily in enhancing our integrity systems in recent years, including more than $8 million in 2017 to significantly boost the capability and resources for our Integrity Department. This has seen an increase in the number of stable inspections and a greater ability to monitor on-course activity.

“It is our enhanced capability that led to the detection of a licensed person allegedly administering, or attempting to administer, a raceday treatment last October. This resulted in an exhaustive investigation over four months that involved the gathering of a considerable amount of evidence.

“From all of the evidence before them, our stewards issued multiple charges against seven Victorian licensees and one visiting Queensland licensee six weeks ago. In accordance with standard legal practice and in the interests of natural justice, the stewards’ brief of evidence was provided to those charged.

“As this case is scheduled to be heard by the independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on 30 April, it would be inappropriate and potentially prejudicial for me to comment on the particulars of this case, including any evidence that may have been obtained and relied upon to issue the charges.

“What I will say is that the stewards do not intend to issue any further charges at this time based on the body of evidence currently before them. Should further evidence come to light that would substantiate the laying of additional charges then the stewards will act upon that.

“While it is never our desire to be on the front page of daily newspapers for integrity or equine welfare-related matters, we won’t shy away from our role in protecting the integrity of the sport and the welfare of our horses to ensure that the vast majority of our hard-working, passionate and committed participants who abide by the Rules of Racing can do so on a level playing field.”
« Last post by PoisonPen7 on 3 hours ago »

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Breeding & Bloodstock / So You Think - The Stallion
« Last post by PoisonPen7 on 2018-Feb-21, 11:14 PM  »
You missed Guess Again at Kyneton PP making 5 for the day

Unraced 3YO filly trained by Luke Oliver went to the line keenly.

There is an article in Breednet about the two so You Thinks that won at Canterbury

Two To Follow - Canterbury

So You Think had back to back winners at Canterbury on Wednesday with a pair of three-year-olds that look capable of making a mark in stakes races this autumn.

The Brad Widdup-trained filly Ridicule did the right thing by punters when strolling home as a short-priced favourite in the Tab Rewards Maiden Plate (1200m).


While Ridicule led all the way, So You Think's second winner So You Win came from last to down his royally bred stablemate Tangmere (Frankel) in the #The Races Handicap (1550m).

Trainer Chris Waller has set the bar high for the first two, with his sights set on the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 ATC Derby.

Carrying the colours of the mighty Winx, So You Win was winning for the second time in four starts.

This is Ridicule's yearling pic - she's a very good looking filly to my untrained eye.

Breeding & Bloodstock / So You Think - The Stallion
« Last post by sobig on 2018-Feb-21, 10:22 PM  »
You missed Guess Again at Kyneton PP making 5 for the day