Bunbury Rallies Behind Jockeys

The local community is holding the inaugural National Jockeys Trust Raceday at Bunbury on Thursday 12 February, with 100% of funds raised going to the Jockeys Trust. All thanks to Bunbury horse trainer Rob Witten, and passionate local businessman Mike Fagan. Jockey Kate Witten’s ACL injury in February 2014, a result of a track fall…

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TRSA Announce Prize Increase

South Australia’s racing industry has received a huge boost, with Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) announcing annual prizemoney increases totalling $3.84 million effective immediately. The increases, which the TRSA Board approved at its January meeting, apply at all levels across the State and represent the most significant prizemoney boost since 2009. Key highlights include: >  …

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Bowtell Wins Encouragement Award

Shelby Bowtell has won the Western Australian Racing Trainer’s Association’s Encouragement Award for March. Bowtell commenced her apprenticeship with Neville Parnham and has recently transferred to her father, John. Bowtell, last season’s Leading Country Rider, rode her first Perth Saturday winner on Inok at Ascot on February 7. She rated the veteran gelding, prepared by…

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Saxophonist Lands Maiden Win

Saxophonist opened his winning account for trainer Fred Kersley when he came from last in the Westspeed Plate (1200m) at Ascot yesterday.  The Saxon gelding stood his rivals a big start on turning the corner but railed along the fence for jockey Paul Harvey and edged out George ‘N’ Ernie by a half-head.  “It wasn’t…

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Sigley Is Red Hot

Vaughn Sigley’s amazing run of success continued at Ascot on Saturday when he prepared a race double including the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) with resurgent galloper Black Heart Bart. Black Heart Bart was destined for the spelling paddock after taking out the Summer Scorcher (1000m) on New Year’s Day but returned to win the…

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Hay List Succumbs To Laminitis

Champion sprinter Hay List was put down on Tuesday after a brave fight against laminitis. “I realised we were only keeping him going for our own sake, not his,’’ trainer John McNair said.  “He had a terrible night on Monday and we couldn’t put him through that again.” Hay List (Statue Of Liberty) was a…

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Purple-Patch A Bonus For Pearce

Trainer Daniel Pearce is taking advantage of the Westspeed Stayers’ Bonus with his promising galloper Friarpak. The Blackfriars four year-old won a Bunbury maiden in his first 16 starts but has struck form with a winning hat-trick in the last month.  “He’s beginning to learn what it’s all about,” Pearce said.  “He’s maturing and progressing…

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