Perfect Reflection Arrives In Time

In a thrilling conclusion to an amazing race, Perfect Reflection won a heart stopping edition of the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) at Ascot on Saturday. Capping a memorable day for the Pike, Williams and Peters triumvirate, Perfect Reflection gathered in Fathoms Of Gold who made a daring bid for victory. Fathoms Of…

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Robinson’s Dream Turns To Reality

It’s difficult to anticipate how someone from a non-racing background who suffered a severe allergy to horses was attracted to train thoroughbreds. For Cynthia Robinson it’s not so much an intriguing or even remarkable story, but a fulfilment of her passion and desire to work with horses. That vision is now complete with Robinson and…

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Greg Hall Faces Up To Challenge

As the winner of three of the big four races on the Australian racing calendar, former jockey Greg Hall now faces his biggest challenge. Greg Hall with his son Nick. Photo: Twitter. Homeless and on a disability pension, Hall has gone public after booking himself into a rehabilitation centre to fight his battle against alcohol.…

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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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