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N Z Stayer looking for berth in Sydney Cup

New Zealand stayer, Pacorus, is looking for a berth in the Sydney Cup, could shorten on how he performs in the tomorrows Drymix Cement Bay of Plenty Cup 0ver 2100 metres at Tauranga.

Trainer, Chris Wood, has had the view the five year old gelding by Travistock, was an ideal prospect for the Group1 Sydney Cup run over 3200 metres at Royal Randwick on April 8.

However, the gelding did put in an ordinary run this time in from a summer break, leaving him equal 28 in order of entry for the $2 million staying test.

“He’s still in the race, but I’m getting behind the eight ball and he’d needs to win well tomorrow to be in the reckoning,” said Wood

“We are still a chance, he worked well yesterday, he may have turned the corner, let’s hope so,” he added.

The gelding has put together seven wins from 24 starts, Pacorus has made a quick ascension through the staying ranks last winter, winning five of his six starts from late June to early October.

He is adaptable on rain affected tracks, the gelding would relish the current conditions in Sydney, he is nicely treated with 50 kg for the Sydney Cup.

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Pacorus - A Sydney Cup hopeful 


Rising Red out of Tulloch

Rising Red is out of Saturday’s Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill, and is likely to be spelled.

Trainers, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, will now rely on Anaheim to fly the stable flag in Saturday week’s $3 million Group 1 Australian Derby.

Rising Red has enjoyed a lucrative campaign, with a Sandown win preceding his second to Gingernuts in the Group New Zealand Australian Derby.


Jockeys not interested in Training

An interesting discussion took place recently among racing’s diehards concerning the subject, why so few jockeys turn to training when they retire from riding?

It’s an interesting subject; there can be many reasons why jockeys turn their backs when training is mentioned.

The retiring age of jockeys is generally the mid forties, if they can last that long, it can be a very strenuous life; it’s not as glamorous as some may think.

By the time a jockey finally retires he is sick of racing, he is raced out, the glamour has gone, all he wants is to live a normal life and see his family grow up, there is more to life than riding horses.

Those that do take up training are in the minority, they are late starters, in reality they have lost touch with stable life, even the very best jockeys have found it hard to make the transition from riding to training.

Even retired jockeys are seldom seen at the races, Ron Hutchinson, aged 90, would be the exception, he comes from Mornington regularly, and Brian Gilders admitted it was years since he was at Flemington last.

However, it is not isolated though, it is worldwide, the leading jockeys that have enjoyed success on the track have never bothered to train.

The only two candidates here are likely to be Maurice McCarten, and Angus Armanasco, both were gentleman and each were held in high esteem.

McCarten was an ex New Zealander, he came over to ride Limerick, a very good weight for age horse in the twenties, he won the Sydney jockeys premiership in 1938-39, and champion trainer four times until a fellow known as T J Smith came along, he was premier trainer for 33 years in succession.

A number of good horses out of the Wansey Road stables, Columnist. Delta, Empire Link , Deep River, Todman, his brother Noholme, Wenona Girl, Prince Cortauld, just to name a few.        

Angus Armanasco was premier jockey for some years in Perth, before coming to Melbourne where he trained at Caulfield in the stable vacated by Frank Godby.

It was ironical that Stanley Wootton should choose Maurice McCarten and Angus Armanasco to train his horses, he did not have a great number in work, but it was a select group.


McCarten received Todman, and his full brother Noholme, from Stanley Wootton, whilst Angus wasn’t left out either, he received Star of Heaven, Longwood and Shifnal.


Winx in a class of her own

Winx, what could be said that hasn’t been said? she is the modern day equine phenomena.

Saturday’s performance in the Ryder Stakes was a superlative performance on a bog track, rated a heavy 10, the official margin seven and a quarter lengths, she simply revelled in the going, the track didn’t hinder her.

Winx is in a class of her own, a remarkable mare, the accolades continue to flow, crowds have adopted her as if she was their own, she is good for racing and it’s promotion, which is badly needed.

She has now earned $10,432,925 in stakes, a win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick would get her within striking range of Makybe Diva’s record of $14,526,685, however, that may have to wait as she is only likely to have one more run this campaign.

Her sire, Street Cry, has since been elevated to second on the sires list to Snitzel, he needs Winx if he is going to repeat his win of last season.

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Winx winning the Ryder Stakes


McDonald takes appeal further

James McDonald is seeking a lower penalty imposed upon him for placing a bet on the horse Astern, he will now go to the Racing Appeals Tribunal.

He has ruined a prestigious and a lucrative career for a mere few dollars that he will regret for the remainder of his life.

Whilst his initial appeal was dismissed, it was not unanimous, with the Chairman disagreeing with the fellow members of the panel that heard that appeal.

If the appeal favours suspension, in preference to disqualification, McDonald would be permitted to ride track work and partake riding in barrier trials.

Whether he would be exonerated by his employer, Shelkh Mohmmed, only time will tell.    


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