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« 2014-Mar-12, 07:28 PM Reply #250 »
Heard Dave Fowler's call of one race today after which he mentioned that was a treble for Mr Heathcote......which should cheer him up considerably. :beer:

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« 2014-Mar-12, 07:30 PM Reply #251 »
I think it was a HAT-TRICK.   emthup    emthup    emthup

Shame someone found the Heathcote runner that missed a place.

No names, no pack-drill  :lol:

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« 2014-May-18, 01:52 PM Reply #252 »
Rob has announced the retirement of his star performer SOLZHENITSYN after pulling up "lame" in the BRC Sprint yesterday.

The horse came from NZ to the Heathcote stable in mid-2011.  I clearly remember the day the horse had his first run for Rob at a Dbn mid-weeker.  Rob was certain he'd be a top performer.

In all he won 10 races for Rob, including 2 Group 1 Tooraks at Caulfield in the Melbourne Spring.

Recently the horse has had throat surgery.  We'll never know for sure whether that was a success - although his Victory Stakes run was quite encouraging.

Fairwell Big Fella, and may you have a long and happy retirement.

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« 2014-May-18, 04:27 PM Reply #253 »
Hear hear DD, one of my all time fave horses of late.

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« 2014-May-18, 05:04 PM Reply #254 »
From stewards report

A post race veterinary examination of SOLZHENITSYN (N. Rawiller), which finished a distant last, revealed the gelding to be lame in the near side fore leg. Trainer R. Heathcote was advised that a veterinary certificate of fitness would be required prior to SOLZHENITSYN racing again. Mr Heathcote indicated that he will consult with connections regarding the horse's immediate racing future.


Sad to read that he's been retired but thankfully he's been good to me over the years. One of my favourites.

With throat operations the chances of them getting back to their best form is more of a hope  than reality.

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« 2014-May-26, 08:12 AM Reply #255 »
Quite incredible effort to get  SOLZHENITSYN to Group class after being sold out of NZ for $10K it shows how some horses improve their own weight with a change of scenery and good husbandry. :beer:

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« 2014-May-31, 11:50 AM Reply #256 »
$41 into $22 :chin: Almost robbie

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« 2015-Oct-03, 07:45 AM Reply #257 »
Classy effort from the premier trainer to get BUFFERING back to his best after setbacks.

Hasn't had access to full training facilities at the Farm, but worked through the problems and we saw two stars at MV last night.

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« 2015-Oct-03, 08:42 AM Reply #258 »
The amazing thing about the bloke is he consistently gets winners from low cost stock.  Buffering cost $22K and wins $5M...that's the best case scenario, but he consistently gets every owner a decent return.  I once asked him what his secret is.  "Rob, is it as simple as feed em, work em and race em?"  "That's about it" he agreed "You just have to be good at it".

Man's a genius.  Almost as good as BJ.

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« 2015-Oct-03, 08:51 AM Reply #259 »
but he consistently gets every owner a decent return


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« 2015-Oct-03, 08:56 AM Reply #260 »
 :yes:

Just ask Vadim.  He has done so well with Rob he is still spending NZ dollars 'cause he hasn't needed to open the very fat Aussie wallet in the safe at home (or on the bar at the Cleveland Sands hotel)

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« 2015-Oct-13, 02:16 PM Reply #261 »
Rob Heathcote was in the spotlight at the Racing Awards Dinner at Doomben last night.

BUFFERING was once again Horse-of-the-Year.

Some sort of effort from a bloke who some reckon can't train.   :lol:

There had been earlier comments from a happy owner who received an award about getting fun from racing through sharing in horse ownership.

Heathcote didn't agree.  "That's all bullshit.  I wish I owned BUFFERING on my own."

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« 2018-Jun-28, 09:22 AM Reply #262 »
A Racing Life a short You Tube snapshot of leading Brisbane trainer Robbie Heathcote......hits a few balls after work that can't be bad for getting rid of any tension dealing with pesky horses owners jockeys or staff...looks like he's given up the bike riding ...and nice cap would go good on a golfer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWbf5acl-R4&feature=youtu.be


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« 2018-Jun-28, 06:23 PM Reply #263 »
He’s certainly lacking a good horse at the moment

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« 2018-Oct-01, 09:02 AM Reply #264 »
Robert Heathcote furious at POC decision
Posted by: AAP+ at 5:07pm on 30/9/2018
Posted in: Horse Racing News

   
IMAGE: AAPRobert Heathcote has called on the racing industry to unite in protest at the Queensland government's failure to allow for prize money increases

A furious Robert Heathcote has called on the racing industry to unite in protest at the Queensland government’s failure to allow for prize money increases in its new Point of Consumption tax distribution.

The leading Brisbane trainer says the Queensland racing industry is being left behind.

“We are falling further and further behind NSW and Victoria. There is a real danger the industry here will become a second-rate backwater unless we act,” Heathcote said.

“The whole industry has been dealt a raw deal for too long. We have to fight and I will be there in the forefront.”

Racing codes will receive a one-off payment for greyhound and harness racing infrastructure but no extra money for prize money increases.

The POC comes into operation on Monday and it means all bets on Queensland events will be taxed at 15 per cent.

The POC is expected to raise up to $70 million in its first year although the figure could be slightly less.

In a media statement on Saturday afternoon Treasurer Jackie Trad announced the government would cover a reimbursement for Racing Queensland to TAB for its racing fees bill and would also write off a $17 million debt.

About $20 million will be redirected to infrastructure probably in harness racing and greyhound tracks.

The industry had been hoping for payouts similar to NSW and Victoria which have been used for prize money increases.

Heathcote was also scathing about the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission which is in charge of stewards.

“It cost $29 million last year but isn’t working. It is taking 12 months to resolve some simple cases and that is not good enough,” he said.

“The old system was cheaper and more effective,”

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said he recognised the announcement would disappoint many participants.

“Racing Queensland will continue to engage with government and our commercial partners in pursuit of our plan to improve the viability of racing in Queensland, particularly comparative to the NSW and Victorian industries that continue to announce significant prize money increases,” Parnell said.

He said RQ would now work with government to seek its support for additional funding that would support viability through increased prize money, investment in racing and events tourism and the creation of vital traineeships and apprenticeships.ENDS

Not a good result for the three codes......$20K for two new harness & greyhound tracks that won't build anything special....... prizemoney especially in racing lags well behind Sydney & Melbourne unfortnately the Qld Guvment isn't on the same wave length as racing industry and hasn't been for some time......the LNP wouldn't be any better either IMO.

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« 2021-Aug-12, 02:31 PM Reply #265 »
https://www.racenet.com.au/news/leading-trainer-rob-heathcote-calls-for-more-prerace-testing-in-queensland-20210810


Leading trainer demands more pre-race testing

 Queensland trainer Rob Heathcote says not enough pre-race swabs are being taken. Pictu AAP
By Ben Dorries
03:33pm • 10 August 2021

Almost 15 months on from a group of Queensland trainers insisting they weren’t competing on a level playing field, a multiple Group 1-winning trainer says a lack of pre-race swabbing of racehorses may still be allowing cheats to prosper.

Shockwaves resonated through the industry in May last year when a posse of five experienced trainers, spearheaded by 11-time Group 1 winner Rob Heathcote, insisted the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission wasn’t doing enough to stop doping and cheating.

Heathcote, who has his stable star Rothfire on the comeback trail and strongly in contention for a slot in The Everest, remains disillusioned by what he says is not nearly enough pre-race swabbing of horses in Queensland.

He points to only six of 79 starters on the Sunshine Coast last Sunday having bloods taken pre-race and only five of 66 being pre-race swabbed at the same meeting a week earlier.

“What’s the most common form of cheating – tubing – you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that tubing a horse will give it a huge advantage,” Heathcote said.

“If horses are not pre-race tested, how do we find out what’s going on, if it (TC02) is burned off in a race.

“All I know is that the chances of being pre-race swabbed in Queensland are slim.

“The odds of not getting caught are far greater than the odds of getting caught.”

However, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission insists there is an increasing number of horses being swabbed in the state.

“In the 12 months to 30 June 2020, the Commission collected almost 20,000 swab samples across cross the three codes for testing,” QRIC Acting Commissioner Paul Brown said, in a statement provided to News Corp.
 
Heathcote wants every horse to be swabbed pre-race. Pictu AAP

“In the 12 months to 30 June 2021, the Commission collected 23,881 swab samples across the three racing codes for testing.

“This amounts to an overall increase of almost 4000 tests.


“The Commission will continue its testing regime which aims to ensure racing is run on a level playing field throughout the state including utilising the most up to date analysis equipment.

“In 2020–21, the Commission introduced hair sampling for the first time as part of its testing regime.

“Racing participants can expect to be tested and if prohibited substances are being administered they will be caught.”

But Heathcote maintains not nearly enough is being done to catch wrongdoers.

“I would like to see every horse pre-race tested,” he said.

“Why not take a sample of every horse pre-race and then just swab first, second and third after a race.

“It means we probably need another vet and a veterinary assistant to attend the race meetings, but so what?”

Brown said: “The Commission currently tests 100 per cent of all winning animals and a majority of second placegetters in thoroughbred, metropolitan races.

“The Commission also utilises proactive, intelligence-led strategies to target pre- and post-competition activities at more than 1600 thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings across Queensland each year.”

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Heathcote is the thinking man's trainer...... a step ahead of the rest and not afraid to speak his mind...that has got him into strife a couple of times but on this issue pre race swabbing and testing is a suggestion QRIC should take seriously and implement it..there would be some additional costs but the benefit would outweigh the cost confidence would increase and betting turnover too......interesting that the hair testing program has had no positives that we know of .

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« 2021-Aug-22, 10:23 AM Reply #266 »
Rob Heathcote interviewed on TV testy in the winners circle gave a tip sort of for today ..said "another one tomorrow" without naming it ..has two in today both short Sergeant  Silva  R1 odds on in a small field and Aswatt in R8 has good form  he could get a double .

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« 2021-Aug-23, 02:14 AM Reply #267 »
Rob Heathcote interviewed on TV testy in the winners circle gave a tip sort of for today ..said "another one tomorrow" without naming it ..has two in today both short Sergeant  Silva  R1 odds on in a small field and Aswatt in R8 has good form  he could get a double .

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Not big odds but both won   emthup

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« 2021-Aug-23, 08:18 AM Reply #268 »
Pretty skinny win with the first winner but nice  bookend  with a comfortable winner in the last not a lot richer at the odds but better than losing .

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« 2022-Feb-11, 09:06 AM Reply #269 »
Startantes needs ‘miracle’



Startantes has drawn awkwardly for the Light Fingers Stakes. Pictu Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

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STRAIGHT-shooting trainer Rob Heathcote reckons bookmakers must have left a few zeros off the price of his Group 1-placed filly Startantes to win Saturday’s Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick.

Finishing less than three lengths off the likes of In The Congo and Anamoe in last year’s Golden Rose and placing third in the Group 1 Flight Stakes, there is no doubt Startantes is a high-calibre filly.

But after blowing out the cobwebs in finishing third when resuming at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m last month, Startantes has drawn barrier 15 when taking on the big guns which include Chris Waller’s unbeaten hype filly Espiona on Saturday.

Heathcote’s hopes immediately dropped after the barrier draw and Startantes, an $18 hope on TAB fixed odds, will now need a miracle to win the Group 2 sprint for three-year-old fillies over 1200m.

“She’s a million to one from out there in that barrier,” Heathcote said, in his typically frank style. “She probably can’t get in anywhere at all from that barrier and Jason Collett is going to have to go right back near last and she’s probably not that good to win from there in this field.

“You put these good jockeys on, Jason Collett is a top rider but he can’t make miracles happen.

“He will do his best but we are just going to need a huge slice of luck.

“Startantes probably can’t win from out there, that’s fact.

“But I can’t change it, it is what it is. You’ve got to cop it on the chin and go forward.”

Heathcote’s no-nonsense comments will be noted by punters and are in stark contrast to many trainers who regularly talk up their horses as being over the odds in feature races.

Like just about everyone in Australian racing, Heathcote has huge respect for Espiona and said “she could end up being the best horse in Australia, Saturday will tell us more”.

Heathcote used to be a regular interstate traveller with his top horses such as Group 1 sprinter Buffering but like many trainers, the Covid-19 pandemic has largely kept him on home soil in Brisbane over the last 18 months.

He didn’t make the trip to Sydney for Startantes’ spring campaign but will fly to the Harbour City on Friday to be trackside for the Light Fingers Stakes on Saturday.

The multiple Group 1-­ winning trainer will return to Sydney two weeks later for the Group 1 Surround Stakes where Startantes will stretch out over 1400m.

He is convinced Startantes remains on track for the Surround, saying he was impressed with her return on the Sunshine Coast.

The Light Fingers Stakes will be one of the most watched races in Australia on Saturday with racing fans salivating about the return of Espiona, the $1.50 favourite.

ENDS

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« 2022-Feb-11, 10:09 AM Reply #270 »
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Suggested bet becomes a place bet on Startantes with the real bet being it 4th in a first four....

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« 2022-Feb-13, 02:05 PM Reply #271 »
Startantes ran a very creditable race as predicted by her trainer she had no hope finishing midfield and  her closing sectionals were amongst the best all day

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« 2022-Feb-26, 05:11 PM Reply #272 »
Great run today by Startantes struck a slight holdup might have made the difference but just missed going extra well for Rob Heathcote.

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« 2022-Apr-23, 09:30 PM Reply #273 »
GENERAL
 
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have commenced an inquiry following a report from the QRIC Integrity Investigative Team (IIT) regarding the alleged
possession and administration of Hemoplex (containing cobalt salts) after a routine Race Day inspection at trainer Robert Heathcote’s stables this morning.
The use of Hemoplex (containing cobalt salts) has been banned since 1 May 2021. An examination of the stable’s treatment book indicated that Mr. Heathcote’s runners set to race at Doomben today, Crymenotears, Prince of Boom, Startantes and Starvirgo had received an injection of a product containing cobalt salts on 16 April 2022.
After taking initial evidence from the IIT officers and Mr. Heathcote, Stewards considered the matter and subsequently scratched all four runners from today’s Doomben Race meeting acting under AR254A (2).
If the Stewards are satisfied that a horse has been, or is likely to have been, administered a product containing cobalt salts by injection, the Stewards may prevent the horse from starting in any race, official trial or jump out.
Samples have been taken from the four horses for analysis and the inquiry adjourned for a date to be fixed.

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