Kersley Family Dynasty Continues

The family dynasty continued at Esperance on Saturday. This time it was Fred W Kersley’s time to steal the limelight when he rode his first winner as a jockey on Ripping Yarn. The 17-year-old is the grandson of iconic trainer, Fred Kersley, a member of WA Racing’s Hall Of Fame. Kersley’s mother, Kellie, also holds…

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A Whip Of The Past

The use of whips in Australian harness racing will be banned from next year. In a move that is a world-first, Harness Racing Australia (HRA) will outlaw whips in racing and training from September 1. A HRA statement said the move would boost the industry’s image while enhancing its viability as a racing code. “The…

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Vega’s Magic Win

Trainer Sean Casey has commenced planning the next stage of Vega Magic’s career after the gelding ended his summer season on a high at Ascot yesterday. Casey said Vega Magic could head east for a Sydney autumn campaign and then return home to target next year’s Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic. “Without looking at…

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Waller Fined

Leading trainer Chris Waller has been fined $30,000 for presenting a horse to race with the prohibited substance methylamphetamine its system. Like Waller, Racing NSW stewards said they could not determine how the illicit substance, commonly known as ice, came to be in the horse’s system when he raced at Canterbury on October 5. Other…

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Irish Trainer Calls Perth Home

After the global financial crisis in Ireland and the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Daniel O’Connor is content to call Perth home. The O’Connor name is new to WA training ranks, but his racing resume is broad and packed with international experience. A jumps jockey and horse breaker in Ireland to working with leading English…

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Former Premier Lands Top Racing Job

Former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell has been announced as the new chief executive officer of Racing Australia. Barry O’Farrell. O’Farrell replaces incumbent CEO Peter McGauran who announced he was resigning from the role in August. O’Farrell will commence his new role in January with McGauran heading to Tabcorp. ” Mr O’Farrell has a strong background…

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Smith Has No Worries With Whyte

Trainer Lindsey Smith does not think Douglas Whyte has a case to answer following his charge of not riding Scales Of Justice out to the line in Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic at Ascot. Lindsey Smith interviewed following the Railway Stakes. Photo: Perth Racing Twitter Whyte was charged by RWWA Stewards for failing to ride his…

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Oliver Paves The Way For Silverstream

The brilliance and guile of champion jockey Damien Oliver helped paved the way for Silverstream to return to the winners list in the Ascend Sales Trophies Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. Silverstream, trained by Grant and Alana Williams and raced by prominent owner-breeder, Bob Peters, posted her first victory in 399 days…

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