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Werribee’s woes continue

Werribee’s woes continue with the appalling response with entries received for their Cup meeting yesterday.

It is obvious the Cup fixture has yet to find its right niche since the quarantine station was relocated from Sandown to Werribee; this was the savour for the course, but at what expense?

Previously Werribee had been too hot to handle, claims that there was no money available to reconstruct the course, but the tooth fairy was located when the quarantine centre had to be moved.

The race club has suffered since they lost their prime date to Bendigo, no spring racing at Werribee any longer, the Cup meeting was put back to March, now it has gone to December, and what a disaster!

Final entries were very disappointing, a total of 82 horses narrowed down to 64 runners after scratchings, with average starters per race 7.1, and only three races on a nine race program with each way betting.

That is no way to attract people to go racing, it acts in reverse, they stay away, and that can become habit forming.


Mabsam wins at headquarters

Mabsam was on her best behaviour at Flemington, whilst slow to begin again, she turned a negative into a positive, winning the Aktrapid Nursing Agency Handicap over 1620 metres, which allowed for the placement of the inside rail.

She has often proved her own worst enemy by being slow to begin on occasions, running a sequence of seconds, that could have easily been wins, she has finished second six times from 13 starts, that has proved frustrating.

It looked as if she may be up to her old tricks again on Saturday, this time Chad Schofield didn’t bustle her, he allowed the mare to find her rhythm before applying any pressure, and it worked.

Secret Liaison was looking for her third win, in as many starts, when she raced clear in the final 200 metres, looking all over a winner until Mabsam and Chad Schofield appeared on the scene.

The win was a first for Chad Schofield at Flemington, he has ridden winners at all the other city tracks but until Saturday headquarters has escaped him.

Trainer, David Hayes, will be looking for a Black Type race in the autumn for Mabsam, one that would suit the mare and escalate her paddock value as a breeding proposition.

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Mabsam about to claim Secret Liaison


Ronald Richard’s Birthday

He was christened Ronald Richard Hutchinson, but to his wide army of friends it’s just Ron, and there were many there on Friday last to celebrate his 85th birthday.

Ron met with much success riding in Australia, winning major races for the leading trainers, the late Lou Robertson and Theo Lewis.

In 1960 he accepted a retainer to ride for Paddy Prendergast in Ireland, that same year he rode Martial to win the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket.

Ron is among the regulars at Flemington, he was there on Saturday sipping a quite ale with his group of mates.



The decision to set up a satellite stable, at Goulburn, is paying off for Warwick Farm trainer, Guy Walter, with a winning treble at the popular out of town track on Wednesday.

Goulburn is just an hour and a half down the road from Warwick Farm, several trainers may be encouraged to follow Walter’s lead in having a stable away from the main stream of racing, as land values are becoming a premium for housing.

John O’Shea also trained a winner on the same card at Goulburn, while Gai Waterhouse was an interesting visitor at a previous meeting.

Country racing comes into its own at this time of the year, with 34 meetings leading into the holiday season, commencing with racing under lights at Cranbourne tomorrow evening.

There will be plenty of activity for young and old at the various venues, from one end of the state to the other, and somewhere there will be a country course close to you.

There is concern among breeders with the lack of two year old races during the spring and into the New Year, the new sires, with the first of their progeny, are receiving little exposure leading into the yearling sales during the first quarter of the year.

No doubt there will be an excuse forthcoming from the race clubs, but that is little consolation for the breeders who are producing the racing product.

If Sydney racing can run two year olds, as they have done since early October, Melbourne can do the same, instead of looking for an escape clause.

Robbie Griffiths is currently on a roll, five city winners in a week and there are no signs of the gravy train coming to a halt.

It all began a week ago when It Is Written won at Moonee Valley last Friday , followed by a double at Caulfield with Floatmyboat and Vain Attraction, Caulfield again on Wednesday with Maglissa winning, then topping the week off with the win of Family Crest, saluting at Moonee Valley last night.


Griffiths back on track

Robbie Griffiths sounded the message loud and clear, he’s back in town with a winner at Moonee Valley on Friday night, via It Is Written, and a winning double at Caulfield with Floatmyboat and Vain Attraction.

Floatmyboat looks as if he may be the real deal, there was a lot to like about his win, he settled well back in the field but responded quickly when called upon by Craig Newitt, and the gelding had the race shot to pieces within a few strides.

He is quite a promising gelding with a definite future, he is likely to get much further than the 1200 metres of Saturday’s win, he should get at least 1600 metres, he is by Pins who can get a strong miler.

Griffiths has always held a high opinion of the progeny by Pins, he gets a lot of winners, the gelding was purchased in New Zealand for around $80,000 and there were no complaints from the syndicate after the impressive win.

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Floatmyboat- An impressive winner at Caulfield

The tempo of Saturday’s D’urban Plate suited Vain Attraction to the letter, coming off the strong pace set by Tariana, she was able to storm home to win in great style, completing a running double for her trainer, Robbie Griffiths.

This was the mare’s third run in since a break, and back to Caulfield where she seldom runs a bad race, this could easily be her best season, she looked a picture and a credit to her trainer.

There will be any amount of suitable races about for her in the coming weeks now she is back in form, and is more than handy at her best.

She has an ideal sprinter’s pedigree being by Bel Esprit, from Centennial, by ever brilliant Centaine, whose dam, Rain Beam ,was by Vain from a daughter of Todman, those pedigrees are part of a great era.


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Robbie Griffiths on the crest of a wave 


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