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Horse News

Stand up and be counted

Monday January 31, 2011
Ben Elton tells Sacha Molitorisz why he moved to Australia and is about to throw himself into live television comedy.

All-star cast helps lift the spirits on historic day at Royal Randwick

Monday January 31, 2011
Players, headed by an all-star cast including Chris Waller, saved the occasion on probably the last Australian Jockey Club production at Royal Randwick. In quantity and quality it continued the disappointing trend of Sydney Saturdays. To the eye, the course proper was superb, although navigators didn't go near the rail, supporting track walkers' predictions that "about three off would be best".

ask doug

Monday January 31, 2011
Jim Taylor of East Maitland is another reader to forward a disc of That's Dancing!, with an additional documentary feature on the Nicholas Brothers (which I have on my private shelves) sought by David Curtin of Mulgoa. Jim wonders whether anyone might help him with The Unfinished Dance (1947), the MGM remake of the French film La Mort du Cygne, featuring Cyd Charisse, Margaret O'Brien and Danny Thomas. Or, failing that, the 1948 melodrama Johnny Belinda, featuring Jane Wyman.

IN THE HERALD

Monday January 31, 2011
Hobart hosted a regatta on the Derwent to celebrate the anniversary of its founding as a colony and invited all other colonies to send competitors. About 20,000 people turned out and particular interest was held in the main race, a "gig" race involving two crews from NSW, one from Victoria and two from Tasmania. First prize was 100. Betting heavily favoured the Victorians but the result was a win for the Sydney representative crew, which was followed by the Parramatta River crew. The Victorians came last.

Bridge confident Sydney's darling ready for express return at Rosehill

Monday January 31, 2011
THE darling of Sydney racing, Hot Danish, will start her final curtain call in a star-studded Expressway Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, but the race may be missing a leading man, with powerhouse rival Hay List unlikely to contest it.

Baby boom: juvenile winners flowing for Snowden as Godspeed upstaged again

Sunday January 30, 2011
THE $1,875,000 colt Godspeed had his colours lowered again at Randwick yesterday as Peter Snowden continued his stellar juvenile season with second-tier filly Abstract.

Darley hits new high and warns there's more to come

Sunday January 30, 2011
AUSTRALIA'S racing giant Darley had its biggest day in terms of winners with seven successes around the country yesterday. However, it was the four wins at Randwick that had Darley head trainer Peter Snowden beaming, after Tollemache won the last race of the day at $41.

And he's off and racing to the end of a 63-year calling career

Sunday January 30, 2011
AT THE Yea Picnic Races yesterday, Jack Styring, 82, is astonishingly spry climbing into the racetrack's corrugated iron call box.

TONY BRASSEL‚„S RANDWICK REVIEW

Sunday January 30, 2011
RANDWICK BETTING AUDITORIUM (B80) 1400m Fav: Mazzini ($4.20) 5th RACE 8

Waterhouse headed to Doncaster at Fast Clip with gelding

Sunday January 30, 2011
Gai Waterhouse believes Fast Clip can emerge as a Doncaster contender after he kept his perfect record this time in at Randwick yesterday.

Harvey is one in the Millions as Singleton, Ferguson accept offers

Saturday January 29, 2011
GERRY HARVEY has bought out John Singleton and Robert Ferguson to take control of the Magic Millions.

Cassidy's mile high hopes for Whitefriars

Saturday January 29, 2011
JOCKEY Jim Cassidy last night declared he had found his horse for April's Doncaster Handicap at Randwick after Whitefriars claimed the scalp of Typhoon Tracy in the group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Horses, hipsters and hype

Saturday January 29, 2011
New York trio Blonde Redhead saddle up to bring their atmospheric sounds to town, writes BARRY DIVOLA.

Wheels of fortune: Smith stable scooting along despite accident

Saturday January 29, 2011
IT MIGHT be horsepower of a very different kind that helps injured Newcastle trainer Darren Smith keep up his winning run with Oakfield Beauty at Randwick today.

Industry takes whip to use of whip study

Friday January 28, 2011
MOST key groups involved in racing yesterday scoffed at new research from two University of Sydney veterinarians that claims whipping racehorses is pointless and does not make a difference to the outcome of a race.

Melbourne steals the running again

Friday January 28, 2011
SYDNEYSIDERS - horses, trainers and jockeys - again promise to have an impact in Melbourne this weekend while the Saturday drought here continues.

HOW HERALD RACING EDITOR CRAIG YOUNG SEES THE BIG 6 AT SANDOWN AND RANDWICK ON SATURDAY

Friday January 28, 2011
6 SANDOWN 1ST LEG

Noonan declares Ortensia fighting fit for return to Australian racing

Friday January 28, 2011
THROUGHOUT Ortensia's 22-start racetrack career the focus has more often than not been on the future.

In demand: High Chaparral tops list as busiest stallion

Friday January 28, 2011
The keeper of the Australian Stud Book, Michael Ford, has released his list of stallion matings for the 2010 breeding season along with a prediction that the industry, although bruised, is recovering from the global financial crisis.

HARNESS RACING

Friday January 28, 2011
TRAINER BACKS VILLAGEM

Northam has no doubt colt can exploit talent

Friday January 28, 2011
EXCITING three-year-old Exploitable Doubt will be given every chance to parlay his $8500 purchase price into a multimillion-dollar stud career.

Whitefriars ready to hold his own with Melbourne heavyweights

Friday January 28, 2011
Rick Worthington has found the key to keeping Whitefriars sound and he‚„s ready to make an impact in the big autumn sprints. Chris Roots reports.

Study finds whipping doesn't lift performance

Friday January 28, 2011
AN RSPCA-funded study is set to reignite the debate on the use of whips in racing after the organisation claimed "whipping racehorses was pointless".

Ortensia steps out at her peak and ready to shine

Friday January 28, 2011
IN THE 22-start racetrack career of top mare Ortensia, the focus has mostly been on the future. A $50,000 yearling purchase, she showed huge potential as a juvenile and then spent much of her three and four-year-old career earning her stripes as she progressed to the elite races.

Racing in the blood for Perry, another gentleman of the turf

Friday January 28, 2011
Dr George Cummins was one of the great gentlemen of the turf, and his grandson, James Perry, was a chip off the same block.

Lang returns a winner at last

Thursday January 27, 2011
PUNTERS cursed old-timer Lang but Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Markwell was delighted to finally win a race with "her horse" in the Australia Day Cup at Warwick Farm yesterday.

Favourite wins but Guineas wide open

Thursday January 27, 2011
ALTHOUGH a noted lead-up race, yesterday's Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield did little more than further muddy the waters as far as the Australian Guineas is concerned, after an unplaced run from Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva and an unconvincing win from the favourite Eclair Mystic.

Looney tunes to scratch your head by

Thursday January 27, 2011
COCOROSIE Opera House, January 25

Sepoy blitzes rivals and keeps bonus dream alive

Thursday January 27, 2011
NEXT month's group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes has a new favourite after a Darley home-bred colt named Sepoy put himself in line for a $1 million bonus when he ran clear yesterday to record the most impressive juvenile win of the season.

Nikolic helps friend in need after returning with a thud

Thursday January 27, 2011
DANNY NIKOLIC has grown to expect the unexpected during his often turbulent career, but not even the jockey could have suspected that his return to the saddle would be as newsworthy as his departure.

Uninvited picnickers at Hanging Rock catch club on hop

Thursday January 27, 2011
WOULD roo believe it? The Hanging Rock Cup race meeting yesterday had to be abandoned when the track was invaded by a mob of kangaroos.

Races off as roos street the field

Thursday January 27, 2011
THE Australia Day theme embraced by race clubs around the country yesterday was taken to extreme levels at the Hanging Rock race meeting when a number of kangaroos invaded the course, causing the meeting to be abandoned before a race could be run.

Moody's high achiever on first step to world stage

Wednesday January 26, 2011
PETER MOODY looked down a line of boxes at his stables yesterday morning and proudly declared that he has, in his care, "the richest row of fillies in Australia". But such is the depth of the trainer's team, you only have to walk around the corner to another area of his Caulfield stables to find the horse that could, in just a few short months, buy and sell them all.

Colt could upstage star mares

Wednesday January 26, 2011
PETER Moody looked down a line of boxes at his stables yesterday morning and proudly declared that he has "the richest row of fillies in Australia". But such is the depth of the trainer's team, you only have to walk around the corner to another area of his Caulfield stables to find the horse who could, in just a few months, buy and sell them all.

Saints take plunge with leap of faith

Wednesday January 26, 2011
ST KILDA'S full playing list and coaching staff have taken the plunge at a 110-metre-high bungee jump in New Zealand as they try to move forward into a new season that has already been beset by off-field distractions.

Tracy can break 'drought'

Wednesday January 26, 2011
HORSE of the year Typhoon Tracy is primed to end the longest losing sequence of her career when she returns in Friday night's group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Skeleton display to end soon

Wednesday January 26, 2011
IT SEEMS everyone wants a piece of champion racehorse Phar Lap and, lately, Melbourne has had two.

Roadtrain set to test the best in Zeditave Stakes, says Vasil

Tuesday January 25, 2011
WHILE tomorrow's Blue Diamond Stakes Previews at Caulfield promise to give a valuable insight into the stocks of the top two-year-olds, the Zeditave Stakes for horses a year older appears to hold just as much interest for the autumn carnival.

Old master Cassidy serves up a triple treat to put rivals in their place

Monday January 24, 2011
There is something special about watching a master of their craft at work. Be it Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal at Australian Open, or Jim Cassidy at Rosehill on Saturday.

Cavanough says gun youngster is sparkling for Blue Diamond

Monday January 24, 2011
ALBURY trainer Brett Cavanough has valued boom two-year-old Bossdon City at $600,000 and would be happy to sell a share in him before Wednesday's Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield.

Hay List put on ice after stunning track gallop takes heavy toll

Monday January 24, 2011
STAR sprinter Hay List could miss the Expressway Stakes next month after he jarred up following a stunning gallop on a hard Rosehill track on Saturday.

THE BRASS BAND MAN

Monday January 24, 2011
He's backed Glen Campbell and Captain and Tennille and still performs around Melbourne at 80, writes Andra Jackson.

Trainer offers a Diamond cut

Monday January 24, 2011
ALBURY trainer Brett Cavanough is so enthusiastic about the chances of his boom two-year-old Bossdon City winning next month's Blue Diamond Stakes that he has valued the youngster at $600,000.

Duels steps up to Plate

Sunday January 23, 2011
THE purple patch of form shown by veteran sprinter Grand Duels, who won yesterday's $125,000 Kensington Stakes at Flemington, has prompted connections to consider a start in the group 1 Oakleigh Plate in the autumn.

Cabeza up there with O'Brien's best

Sunday January 23, 2011
TRAINER Danny O'Brien's promising four-year-old Cabeza gave a hint of what the future might hold with an impressive win in the Life Saving Plate at Flemington yesterday.

It's an edgy game with a few contenders

Sunday January 23, 2011
THE Tour Down Under has come down to a race of three cyclists who have officially distinguished themselves from 130 others ‚€ť some, like Robbie McEwen, Allan Davis and defending champion Andre Greipel, remained in contention until yesterday, while the likes of Mark Cavendish and Lance Armstrong were never really in the hunt despite their superstar status.

How a girl from the bush caught the elephant bug

Sunday January 23, 2011
Gaining an elephant's trust was a labour of love for Erin Ballagh, writes John Elder.

Sporting Octopodes

Sunday January 23, 2011
1. Saint Paul

Passage to India: Australia must make room for Shaun

Saturday January 22, 2011
A SUPERBLY constructed and timely innings from Shaun Marsh saved the Australians from another humiliating afternoon at the crease. Long before his dismissal, watching Poms were bemused that he had not appeared in the Ashes series or in previous one-day contests. Assisted by Cameron White and, incredible to relate, Doug Bollinger, the talented left-hander turned around the Australian innings and along the way gave both sides plenty to think about.

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