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  1. A four-way battle to the finish and a stewards' ruling handed long shot Mozu Superflare her first grade 1 victory in the March 29 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo Racecourse. View the full article
  2. He was 12 when he finally convinced his father that he was ready to work with the horses. Previously he had been baling, mowing, weed-hooking, stripping bluegrass. His father agreed, albeit at a cost to his pay from $7 a day to $5. But the company of horses has always been beyond price to Alfred The post Hardboot Values Have Lasting Impact Through Nuckols appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  3. College students in equine management programs are facing an educational tradeoff this spring: Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re getting an immersion in crisis control that wasn’t originally on the syllabus. But the horse-related teaching is not as hands-on as instructors and pupils would like, because many learning institutions have mandated a switch to online-only The post Brahms Is Soothing Music To A University’s Breeding Program appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  4. The Thoroughbred industry has certainly taken a beating over the past year: The controversial DQ of Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, numerous break downs at Santa Anita, recent indictments related to the sport–and now the Covid-19 virus. Covid-19 has caused some tracks to end their meets early, and others to race with empty spectator The post Letter to the Editor: Phyllis Godwin appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  5. A combined response from business and council leaders as well as members of the racing community has been launched in Newmarket to aid vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest training centre in Britain, Newmarket is home to 76 training yards and two racecourses, as well as the British Racing School, Jockey Club Estates, The post Newmarket Launches Community Coronavirus Response appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  6. Addressing your thoughts, questions and statements about Hong Kong racing. Have something to say? Send a tweet to @SCMPRacingPost.Doncaster Mile Day and Osaka Hai to be simulcast for betting – Jockey Club media releaseLike most industries, racing around the globe is in a precarious position as everyone tries to navigate the chaos caused by the coronavirus.It has held up better than most sports because of its nature – it doesn’t need spectators to be profitable as the lifeblood of racing is… View the full article
  7. Life in the Hong Kong racing bubble has been anything but normal of late but Karis Teetan says the recent uncertainty caused by the coronavirus has had little impact on how he goes about his business as a jockey.Sunday’s Sha Tin card was in limbo until the morning of the meeting as the Jockey Club waited for approval to race from the government, and talk of the sport being suspended in Hong Kong – like it has in so many other countries – has lingered for months now.But for Teetan, he’s just… View the full article
  8. Girgarre training stalwart Brenda Kinder won’t be surprised if Zipping Spud scores at Shepparton tonight. However, she does have a few concerns with her March 2016 Fernando Bale x Tricky Rose sprinter who is contesting his 80th race start. “He’s a very excitable dog and is in a later race,” Kinder said. “And he hasn’t been jumping so well from the new boxes here.” Kinder added that Zipping Spud, who will exit from box one, “likes to get off the fence a bit and into the centre of the track”. “I don’t think he’s any certainty, but he chases really hard and can run reasonable time,” she said. “But I think the ‘check’, Blazin’ Ruby (Box 2), is the one to beat.” Owned by the 10-member Roller Coaster Racing – SPUD syndicate, Zipping Spud has notched nine wins (with 11 seconds and 15 thirds) from 79 starts. He’s also won two races in five starts from the ‘red’ alley. “The syndicate purchased him when he was around two and a half and he’s proven a good buy,” Kinder said. Zipping Spud is expert form analyst The Watchdog’s ‘Best Bet’ on the 12-race program and is quoted at $2.60F. He will line up in Race 9 Box 1 at 9.45pm. The Watchdog says: Showed great speed when placed here and he should find this event a lot easier. The post Kinder surprise appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  9. New York’s Aqueduct racecourse has been commissioned as a coronavirus recovery centre. Aqueduct racetrack has been turned into a temporary hospital site help some of the many affected by coronavirus in the New York City area. “Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as a safe haven for those recovering from this virus,” New York Racing Association (NYRA) chief executive Dave O’Rourke said. “We recognise that we all must work together as a community to meet this challenge and emerge stronger for it.” Aqueduct’s winter racing had been scheduled to end on Sunday and its next fixtures were to run from April 2-19. The NYRA’s next meeting is the 51-day schedule at Belmont Park from April 24. “NYRA is continuing to strategise the safest options for a return to racing at Belmont Park, while prioritising the health and welfare of our staff and the racing community,” O’Rourke said. “A revised live racing schedule is an ongoing consideration, but secondary to our primary commitment to the health and well-being of the community.” Some tracks in the United States are continuing to race with public lock-outs while others like Santa Anita have been forced to shut down under local government health rules. The Kentucky Derby, usually held in May, has been postponed until September. The post New York racetrack turned into hospital appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  10. Trainer Danny O’Brien hopes to get Melbourne Cup winner to Sydney for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Trainer Danny O’Brien is unsure what the future holds for Vow And Declare’s bid for consecutive Melbourne Cup victories. O’Brien was planning to take Vow And Declare to Brisbane for a three-run campaign, part of a nine month build-up to this year’s Cup at Flemington in November. But the multi-million dollar Queensland winter carnival has been abandoned because of the coronavirus pandemic with authorities to keep racing as long as possible under a reduced prize money model. Vow And Declare had a gallop between races at Bendigo on Saturday under his Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams, part of the build-up towards the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 11. On Sunday, Racing NSW announced the Queen Elizabeth Stakes prize money would be reduced from $4 million to $2 million in response to the reduced income stream from wagering because of the COVID-19 crisis which has closed tracks to the public and betting outlets. O’Brien said Vow And Declare’s work-out was strong when he held VRC Oaks winning stablemate Miami Bound comfortably in the gallop. Vow And Declare showed he had made improvement from his first-up third behind Fifty Stars in the Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 7. While O’Brien plans to start Vow And Declare in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the trainer concedes with the current COVID-19 biosecurity measures in place, racing is a day-by-day proposition. “Sydney looks a mile off at the moment and that’s two weeks away,” O’Brien told broadcaster racing.com. “So we’re not planning anything further than taking him home and putting a saddle on him on Monday morning and hopefully we can get to Sydney. “He’s improved out of that first-up run. He’s very well at the moment and fingers crossed we can get up there and that racing’s still going and we can have a good crack at the Queen Elizabeth.” With the movement of jockeys between states suspended, Sydney-based Glen Boss has been booked to ride Vow And Declare. Boss has ridden Vow And Declare once to win the Tatt’s Cup (3000m) at Eagle Farm last June. O’Brien will make a decision midweek whether Miami Bound runs in Saturday’s Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick or has a break. Horses can move between Victoria and NSW under strict biosecurity conditions but trainers and staff cannot without self-isolating for two weeks on arrival. The post Vow And Declare’s Cup campaign up in air appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  11. Eric The Eel has earned a trip to Sydney after a Doomben win and will start in the Australian Derby. Brisbane three-year-old Eric The Eel has been given the green light to head to Sydney for the Australian Derby under revised coronavirus protocols for transporting horses. Trainer Stuart Kendrick waited until consulting all the owners on Sunday afternoon before making the decision to head south. Kendrick had planned to take Eric The Eel to Sydney for the Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. But new cross-border travel restrictions introduced last week made it impossible to get him there in time. Eric The Eel instead went to Doomben where he won over 2200m, reigniting the desire to get to Sydney, especially with the news the Queensland winter carnival has been scrapped. Trainers and their staff members cannot travel with the horses and Kendrick has made arrangements for Eric The Eel to be stabled with Bjorn Baker in Sydney. “I plan to have him on the float Monday night so he should be in Sydney early on Tuesday to settle in,” Kendrick said. The trainer hopes Eric The Eel can still run in his name in Saturday’s Derby (2400m). “I am hoping he can stay in my name but if he remains in Sydney we might need to switch him across to Bjorn’s name,” Kendrick said. Eric The Eel ran fast final sectional times when he came from last to beat a field of older stayers on Saturday. “He had a bit of a blow after the race and that will tighten him right up,” Kendrick said. “When you look at the sectionals to come from well back was a big run. Twenty four hundred metres won’t worry him. “We want to give him his chance in a Derby so here we go.” The post Eric The Eel confirmed for Sydney appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  12. Epsom Handicap winner Kolding (r) heads a large Chris Waller-trained team for the Doncaster Mile. Chris Waller is convinced a return to Sydney racing will help Kolding when the gelding heads a strong team trying to give the champion trainer a record-equalling seventh Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Waller expects to have at least six runners in Saturday’s Group One Doncaster on the first day of The Championships at Randwick. Prize money for the race has been halved to $1.5 million as part of cost-cutting measures designed to minimise the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Racing in Australia is continuing crowd-free as it is in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Waller trained the first of his more than 100 Group One winners when Triple Honour won the 2008 Doncaster. Gai Waterhouse jointly holds the record of seven wins in the race with her late father TJ Smith. Kolding won the Bill Ritchie Handicap, Epsom Handicap and Golden Eagle during spring but has yet to win in three starts this autumn, the past two of which have been in Melbourne. The four-year-old was fifth in the Group One Futurity Stakes at Caulfield before finishing midfield in the $5 million All-Star Mile at the same track on March 14. Hugh Bowman is booked to ride Kolding with Waller likely to also have Mister Sea Wolf (James McDonald), Kings Will Dream (Josh Parr), Yulong Prince (Brenton Avdulla), Imaging (Kerrin McEvoy) and exciting import Shared Ambition (Jay Ford). “Obviously the Doncaster has been a great race to us,” Waller said. “Kolding has got his share of weight (56.5kg) but he’s going to be back racing right handed again which I think is a big plus, and I’ll take the blinkers off him again because I don’t think they worked last start. “Mister Sea Wolf is model of consistency but has got a big weight (55.5kg). “Kings Will Dream has freshened up nicely and Yulong Prince has been running really good races.” Former Irish horse Shared Ambition has won four of his five starts in Australia including the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m). He was on the second line of betting at $8 on Sunday behind New Zealand champion Melody Belle. “We’re toying with whether we put blinkers on Shared Ambition,” Waller said. “We’ll make that decision on Tuesday morning.” Kolding is one of four runners on the third line of betting at $11 with Ajax Stakes winner Imaging also that price. “Imaging has come through his winning run in the Ajax very well,” Waller said. The post Waller’s host of chances for 7th Doncaster appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  13. Brad Rawiller has heaped praise on the chief executive of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association Matthew Hyland for his tireless work during the coronavirus pandemic. Rawiller said without Hyland representing the 170 plus members of the VJA, there was a strong possibility racing may have ground to halt. “Matt Hyland has done an amazing job going through what he has in the last two weeks. He has stood up and coped with it all,” Rawiller said. “He’s been there for all jockeys. “We’ve been under a lot of stress with what we’re going to be doing in the next day or two days and Matty has looked after everyone. “At the same time he has had to make some big calls quickly which has been to the benefit of the racing industry.” Rawiller rode a double at his home town meeting at Bendigo on Saturday which is usually well-attended by locals. But with strict biosecurity measures in place, the nine races were run behind closed doors. “It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s such a great day, Golden Mile day, and the Bendigo community get right behind it,” Rawiller said. “They have put in place very strict protocols for us to be able to continue and everyone in the industry is adhering to those rules in place. “We are giving the government great confidence going forward.” Jockeys in NSW, Victoria and Queensland have been segregated into different zones to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. Racing in Australia is continuing under strict conditions as it is in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. The post Work behind the scenes keeps racing going appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  14. Star NZ filly Probabeel (gold/black) is likely to press on to the Australian Oaks. Under normal circumstances, Probabeel would be on her way home to New Zealand after a profitable Sydney campaign. The filly has had three starts for a Group One win in the Surround Stakes and seconds in the Group Two Phar Lap and Group One Vinery. With uncertainty over how long racing in Australia can continue despite stringent biosecurity measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, trainer Jamie Richards is likely to give Probabeel her chance in the Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 11. Her second to Shout The Bar in Saturday’s Vinery was her first attempt at 2000m and she pleased Richards with the performance on a soft track which is not her preferred surface. “She was very brave on Saturday and went a terrific race on a track that was a little too wet for her liking,” Richards told NZ Racing Desk. “I thought Kerrin McEvoy rode her a treat and had her in the right places at the right time but with that slower tempo early in the race she just couldn’t quite get to the winner who had had it pretty soft in front. “She has been thriving during her time in Sydney and has had no trouble maintaining her weight and condition so the racing isn’t taking that much out of her. “We had initially thought that Saturday would be her last run and we would bring her home and put her in the paddock as we look to the spring but the way things are at the moment, we have had to have a rethink on that front.” Richards’ father Paul is looking after Probabeel in Sydney along with stablemates Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark while his son is in lockdown in NZ. “I’ll speak with Dad about how she has come through the race before we make a decision on our next move,” Richards said. “The early reports are she has pulled up well and if she comes through this one like she has previously then we will be heading to the Oaks. “We have Melody Belle ready to go in the Doncaster at Randwick this weekend and she has done really well since moving to Sydney from Melbourne. “I’m looking forward to getting her on that Randwick track as I think it suits her a little better and as we are based there she has gotten into a nice rhythm which won’t be too different to what she will encounter on race day.” The post Probabeel likely to run in Australian Oaks appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  15. Joao Moreira gets his 900th Hong Kong win on Picken (red silks).Joao Moreira became only the fourth jockey in Hong Kong history to reach 900 wins and he did it in style with a five-timer at Sha Tin yesterday afternoon (Sunday, 29 March). “I wasn’t counting!” the Brazilian ace said after his fourth on the board, Picken, had sealed the milestone win at the end of a tough duel for the Class 3 Nam Shan Handicap (1400m). Only the retired greats Douglas Whyte and Tony Cruz, and his brilliant championship rival Zac Purton, have reached the 900 mark previously. Moreira achieved it at his 4,094th ride at a win strike rate just shy of 22 percent, in only his seventh Hong Kong season. “It’s a great mark to reach but I want to be looking back on it, leaving it behind,” he said, mindful of his unrelenting battle to regain the jockeys’ championship – he ended the day on 901. Moreira used everything he had to seal the win on the John Size-trained Picken (119lb) as Neil Callan’s mount Toycoon (124lb) challenged with determined intent. The two gallopers responded to the power-packed driving of their respective pilots but it was the one they call ‘Magic Man’ who conjured enough to get his mount’s nose past the post in the nick of time – the margin was a short-head. “It’s amazing how hard it was to win this race! Neil’s horse didn’t want to give up but fortunately I had the edge on him at the right time,” Moreira said. “We knew Picken was coming to form – he’s at a quite nice place in the handicap and we knew he was there to win his race and I’m very lucky to be getting on him at the right time.” Moreira’s five-timer took him back to the top of the jockeys’ premiership with 94 wins to Purton’s 92 – the Australian excelled with a double. The Brazilian’s haul included a smart success on the upwardly mobile Juneau Park in section two of the Class 4 So Uk Handicap (1400m). The Size-trained four-year-old made it two wins on the bounce at only his fifth start and his rider was suitably pleased with the effort under a 133lb impost. “My opinion is high, he’s a nice horse,” Moreira said. “Only good horses do what he has done – I know he had a suitable run but he had to improve to win today carrying top-weight. “He hasn’t been exposed, he hasn’t raced too many times and he’s only gone forward. This indicates to me that he’s not a bad one.” The New Zealand-bred Ocean Park gelding raced fifth along the fence, shifted out at the top of the straight and wound up into a raking run that took him to the lead 250m out. The near 1300lb bay kept on gamely to win by half a length. “He’s a bit big so he needs momentum and he had that today, it helped him to win,” Moreira continued. “It’s hard to predict where he’ll get to ratings-wise but the improvement he’s shown means he’s pointing up.” Moreira kicked off his quintet with an easy six-length win aboard the John Moore-trained Above in the Class 4 Tai Hang Tung Handicap (2000m), and then sealed the Class 3 Lai Kok Handicap (1200m) on the Danny Shum-trained Fantasy. He capped the day with a sublime score aboard the Size-trained Shining Ace (118lb) in the finale, the Class 2 Chak On Handicap (1200m), stealing a march and holding the talented pair of Computer Patch (126lb) and Transcendent (120lb) in the minor placings. “John (Size) and I had in the back of our minds that he won on a softer surface and we thought he would handle it, but he actually handled it better than we thought. It was an impressive win and the handicapper is probably going to hammer him but he deserves to win like that,” Moreira said. “John has done a great job with yet another horse, he’s got him up in his rating and he’s won impressively in Class 2.” Size’s treble today was his first such score this term, his last three-timer came on 25 May last year, when Shining Ace was again one of his winners on the day. The 11-time champion trainer’s haul took him to 33 overall this term, 12 behind premiership leader Ricky Yiu. Purton again maintained tabs on his opponent though and struck a double in tandem with trainer Paul O’Sullivan. Grade One made the most of a drop to Class 4 and burst to a half-length win in the Shek Kip Mei Handicap (1200m); and Purton ensured Band Of Brothers got back on the winning trail with a sweetly-judged ride to take the Class 3 Pak Tin Handicap (1600m). War Of Courage (118lb) held off Valiant Dream (126lb) by a short-head in a driving finish to the Class 3 Cheung Sha Wan Handicap (1000m). Chad Schofield on the winner defied Blake Shinn’s late effort with a last-gasp thrust that saw his mount dip his head as the pair flashed past the post. Victor Wong set the ideal tempo for a make-all win aboard the Manfred Man-trained Care Free Prince in section one of the Class 4 So Uk Handicap (1400m). Soccer Master took the opener, the Class 5 Un Chau Handicap (1400m), for trainer Chris So and jockey Matthew Poon. The post Fabulous five for Moreira makes it a ‘Magic’ 900 appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
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