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O.P. « 2009-Sep-14, 09:58 AM »
By Caryl Williamson
Saturday 12 September 2009, 6:05pm

Ready To Lift capped a great day for Gerald Ryan at Rosehill with her Kingston Town Stakes victory giving the trainer a winning treble and reinforcing her claims for the Metropolitan Handicap.

Earlier in the day, exciting three-year-old Rothesay got his Caulfield Guineas campaign back on track with a victory over 1200 metres and Flushing Meadows scored an upset win in an 1100m handicap.

But it was the performance of Brisbane Cup runner-up Ready To Lift that brought the biggest grin to Ryan's face and brought up his first three-timer in almost a decade training in Sydney.

"She's been ticking over nicely but people have been dropping off her," Ryan said.

"She is a great little mare and she always tells me when she is ready to lift.

"The 2000 metres was what she was looking for and she will just get better as she goes further.

"This is my first treble since I've been training in Sydney so it's been a pretty good day."

Jim Cassidy tried to steal the race on Bellagio Wynn in a replica of his front running winning ride on Power To Surprise earlier in the day.

But Bellagio Wynn could not sustain the pace and was swamped late with Ready To Lift ($13) getting the better of $2.80 favourite Voice Coach by a short head.

God's Hand ($21) was 1-3/4 lengths third just ahead of Absent Friends with all four set to do battle again in the Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) in two weeks.

Ryan has no doubts Ready To Lift can go on with her winning ways after carrying topweight of 58 kilograms in the Kingston Town.

"The plan has always been the same, the Colin Stephen, the Metropolitan then the Moonee Valley Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

"This win puts her up the order for the Melbourne Cup and I've got no doubt she will run two miles (3200m)."

New Zealander Mr Tipsy ($7.50) finished 3-3/4 lengths eighth and didn't make up as much ground as co-trainer Bjorn Baker would have liked.

"It's back to the drawing board," Baker said.

"He kept going and the fast tempo didn't suit but I would have liked to have seen a bit more."

Weights for the Group One Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) on October 3 will be released on Monday with Ready To Lift currently on 51.5kg for the Melbourne Cup.

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« 2012-Nov-17, 06:30 PM Reply #1 »
Just thought I'd bring Gerald Ryan forward as I don't really know much about this guy, and he has  a lot of winners and had some stallions such as Snitzel. I also know he was in the wilderness for a while with a few allegations against him but I don't know how much is fact and how much is fiction.

Irregardless he can still train a good horse. In fact his 2 yo winner today Charlie Boy looked terrific to storm home and win. And that is another topic also, syndicators as charlie boy is syndicated by triple crown who seem to be right up there.


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« 2012-Nov-17, 07:10 PM Reply #2 »
Just thought I'd bring Gerald Ryan forward as I don't really know much about this guy, and he has  a lot of winners and had some stallions such as Snitzel. I also know he was in the wilderness for a while with a few allegations against him but I don't know how much is fact and how much is fiction.

Irregardless he can still train a good horse. In fact his 2 yo winner today Charlie Boy looked terrific to storm home and win. And that is another topic also, syndicators as charlie boy is syndicated by triple crown who seem to be right up there.


The sexual allegations made against Ryan appear to be of a type rife in this industry.

Again referring to Benns' book Fixing, it seems that many jockeys have a dreadful life.

Yet some of them commit pack rape on female jockeys and staff.

Wonder why one of the few incidents reported happened to be a frame up?

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« 2012-Nov-18, 02:33 PM Reply #3 »
Or RHL being found guilty and only recieving a fine?

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« 2012-Nov-18, 04:08 PM Reply #4 »
I will give him one thing he prepares and places his horses well.

Definately a very good trainer, hope he gets more winners.

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« 2016-Oct-21, 11:05 AM Reply #5 »
No longer will Snitzel be this guys legacy.

Jockey Danny Nikolic alleged victim of historical sexual assault by top trainer

Cameron Houston, Chris Johnston, Chris Vedelago 
Published: October 20, 2016 - 11:45PM

Controversial jockey Danny Nikolic was allegedly sexually assaulted by racehorse trainer Gerald Ryan more than 20 years ago when they worked at stables owned by racing identity David Moodie, who was appointed chairman of Racing Victoria last year.

Mr Nikolic has given written permission for Fairfax Media to identify him as the victim of the alleged assault an open secret among many in the racing fraternity  which is said to have taken place just days before the Golden Slipper Stakes in Sydney in March 1996.

Mr Ryan has been implicated in a string of assaults on young jockeys and stablehands at Mr Moodie's Hobson's Lodge, but has never been charged by police or sanctioned by racing authorities.

He continues to train more than 100 horses at bases on the Gold Coast and Rosehill in Sydney.

A former jockey himself, Mr Ryan declined to make any comment on Thursday.

The new revelations involving Mr Nikolic are expected to cause further turmoil in the "sport of kings", which is already reeling from a probity investigation into Mr Moodie, announced on the eve of last weekend's Caulfield Cup.

This week, Mr Nikolic and his legal team completed their appeal to overturn a four-year ban from riding in Victoria's Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

At no stage during the three-week hearing did Mr Nikolic's lawyers raise the explosive claims of sexual abuse to explain or mitigate the behaviour that prompted Racing Victoria to cancel his licence.

While Mr Nikolic opted not to make any comment about the 1996 incident, sources close to the former jockey said he was allegedly assaulted by Mr Ryan after falling asleep in a Sydney apartment.

Mr Nikolic, who was 22, awoke and grabbed Mr Ryan by the neck and threw him against a wall. Other Hobson's Lodge staff sleeping in adjoining apartments were woken by the commotion.

A source close to Mr Nikolic said he was not "overly emotionally traumatised or scarred by the incident" and never made a complaint to police.

Mr Nikolic is believed to have informed Mr Moodie and Victorian Racing Club stewards of the alleged attack, but with his riding career about to take off, he wanted to avoid a scandal.

"Gerald Ryan was a popular racing figure with a quiet and likeable nature," one source said.

"He made a lot of people plenty of money with his prodigious horse training talents. And we all know what a powerful motivator money is."

Staff meeting

Following a string of accusations against Mr Ryan, Mr Moodie called a meeting of all staff at Hobson's Lodge in April 1996.

According to reports at the time, Mr Moodie asked if anyone had been sexually harassed and more than half of the 22 employees raised their hands.

Within days of the meeting, Mr Ryan went on a month's leave from Hobson's Lodge, while an investigation was launched by stewards from the VRC, which was responsible for oversight of the sport in Victoria at the time.

Racing Victoria assumed control of the integrity of the sport in this state in 2001.

More than 30 people were interviewed by VRC stewards, including 22 stablehands, six jockeys, three apprentice jockeys, and an owner believed to be Mr Moodie.

The VRC informed Mr Ryan that he would have to "show cause" as to why he should keep his trainer's licence, at a hearing on June 6, 1996.

On June 3  just three days before he was due to defend the serious accusations Mr Ryan handed back his licence to the VRC. At the time, he was Victoria's leading trainer, but did not explain his shock departure.

He is understood to have trained horses in Malaysia for a stint, before returning to Australia in 1997 and establishing a base on the Gold Coast.

Several alleged victims and their families are scathing of the racing industry's handling of the sexual abuse allegations, and some say the allegations may explain Mr Nikolic's fiery attitude toward the racing establishment.

'Who'd believe me'

Gail Goring, the mother of former jockey Mark Goring, says her son was routinely groped by Mr Ryan as a 15-year-old apprentice.

She says the VRC and Mr Moodie should have done more to protect staff at Hobson's Lodge from the trainer's predatory behaviour.

Mrs Goring said her son was one of several jockeys to provide a victim impact statement to the VRC but he never reported the assaults to police because of fears it would damage his career prospects.

"When this matter came to a head, I asked Mark why he hadn't said anything. His answer was 'who's going to believe me against Gerald Ryan?' "

In August 1997, Mrs Goring sent a letter to the VRC pleading with them to never issue Mr Ryan with another licence in Victoria.

"Inspector Mark Flanagan of the vice squad, racing division, advised Mark to press charges because he was a minor at the time.

"Mark declined to do so because he thought the immense interest and publicity could be detrimental to his career," Mrs Goring said in the letter.

At the time, Mrs Goring says, she was given an assurance from former chief steward Des Gleeson that Ryan would never work in Victoria on his watch.

In 2003, Mark Goring was killed in a race fall at Tatura.

For the past two decades, Mr Ryan has stayed north of the border and enhanced his reputation as one of the nation's finest trainers.

He's won the Brisbane trainers' premiership and finished in the top 10 of the Sydney trainers' premiership in six out of the past seven years.

While he attended Melbourne races, the 61-year-old never had a permanent base in his home town.

But last December, Mr Ryan told Fairfax Media he was thinking about setting up a satellite stable in Melbourne.

"I'm 60 though, and I've got to think about that, but I never go into these things half-hearted. It's a lot of work and it would take time to build the Melbourne business," Mr Ryan said.

Despite fleeing the state in 1996 without facing his accusers, Mr Ryan's plan to return to Melbourne was endorsed by Mr Moodie, who was appointed chairman of Racing Victoria in May last year.

"We enjoyed some sensational success in those times. He's a wonderful horseman who's a hard worker and I'm sure if he had some presence in Melbourne I would support him," Mr Moodie said in December last year.

As recently as October 2009, Victoria Police continued to receive sworn statements about Mr Ryan's alleged historical offending.

Spiralling out of control

Former jockey Jamie Evans told police he was working as an apprentice from 1986 until 1988 at the Epsom training centre in Mordialloc to trainer Kath Smith, whom he was boarding with. 

In 1986, while riding at Geelong racecourse, he was injured by a horse and took twopowerful pain medication tablets.

"I became very drowsy after about 20 minutes," he said.

At the time, Gerald Ryan was a fellow jockey, but much older than Mr Evans, who was 17 at the time.

"I looked up to him, he was like a mentor to me."

Driving home with Mr Ryan, Mr Evans said, he fell asleep in the front passenger seat but woke up at the training centre in Mordialloc to find Mr Ryan performing oral sex on him in the car.

He told police he ran from the car onto the street, hailed a taxi and went to Mrs Smith's house, but didn't tell her what had happened.

"From that day onwards I started drinking heavily, started taking pills to numb the embarrassment ... my life started to spiral out of control," Mr Evans said.

Then, Mr Evans said, in 1996, with Mr Ryan now a trainer, his friend and fellow jockey Danny Nikolic told him Mr Ryan had sexually abused him after he had fallen asleep.

Mr Evans told police that a stewards' inquiry was opened after a media report about allegations against Mr Ryan and a meeting was held between Mr Nikolic, Mr Moodie, and a group of stewards.

"Danny told me Gerald Ryan walked into the conference, threw his hands in the air and said: 'I can't help it, I like blokes'."

Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry said the current governing body was only constituted in 2001, so could not comment on what processes were taken in the mid-1990's by the state's then-administrative body.

"Racing Victoria takes any allegations of sexual assault or any criminal activity with the utmost seriousness," he said.

"If any allegation of criminal activity is brought before Racing Victoria it is standard procedure that the matter is referred to Victoria Police."

Mr Moodie and Victoria Police did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Thursday.

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« 2016-Oct-23, 10:27 AM Reply #6 »
'No male staff under 21' - strict conditions on horse trainer Gerald Ryan after sex allegations

Chris Johnston, Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston

High-profile racehorse trainer Gerald Ryan - the man at the centre of explosive allegations by jockeys of historical sexual abuse  - was allowed to set up stables in Queensland after fleeing Victoria, but only under under strict conditions.

One condition, according to a former board member of the Queensland Principal Club (QPC), the state's racing regulator in the days before Racing Queensland, was that he not hire any male staff under the age of 21.

"We kept a very close eye on him," the former board member said.

It was this week revealed by Fairfax Media that Ryan allegedly sexually abused controversial jockey Danny Nikolic in 1996. He is also alleged to have abused former jockeys Jamie Evans and Mark Goring in 1986. Sources said a prominent Perth jockey was also sexually abused when he was an apprentice with Ryan in Melbourne.

Victoria Police confirmed they interviewed a 61-year-old man from Parramatta in 2011 "in relation to a historical indecent assault" but no charges were laid and they closed the case.

The alleged  sexual assaults occurred while Ryan was working at Hobsons Lodge stables, near Flemington, which was owned  by current Victorian Racing club chairman David Moodie. He was regarded as Victoria's leading trainer at the time.

Following a string of accusations against Mr Ryan from young staff in the stables he handed back his trainer's license and went to Malaysia. Then in 1997 he applied to get a trainer's license on the Gold Coast. Internally, the QPC were divided about whether they should let him but were given legal advice that because he had not been charged with any criminal offences they could not prevent him from getting a license.

"It was not a very happy decision," said the former board member. "But our hands were tied."

Mr Ryan still holds a trainer's license in New South Wales where he runs stables at Rosehill. Mr Nikolic - a divisive and fiery jockey strongly linked to improper betting and underworld connections - has given Fairfax Media permission to name him as a victim, in what observers have called an "open secret" about Mr Ryan for thirty years in racing. The jockeys he allegedly sexually abused have been reluctant to speak up or complain to police for fear of harming their careers.

Nikolic's supporters say the historical sexual abuse is a factor in the jockey's aggression toward racing's authority figures - because the allegations against Ryan were never made public in full.

Nikolic was allegedly sexually assaulted in a Sydney apartment after falling asleep. Mr Evans told police that he was sexually assaulted in Ryan's car after also falling asleep on the way back from a race meet. Gail Goring, mother of jockey Mark Goring who died in a race fall in 2003, said her son was "regularly groped" by Ryan.

Neither Mr Ryan nor Mr Moodie could be reached for comment on Friday.

Mr Moodie was last week stood aside as chairman of Racing Victoria while allegations over the alleged improper sharing of information during the cobalt crisis was investigated.

He told News Ltd that he informed the former Victorian Racing Club about the Ryan allegations as soon as he heard them, stood Ryan down and organised counselling for his staff.