Durrant Protege Wins Maiden Race

Clint Johnston Porter enjoyed a dream start to his riding career when he won aboard Aloha Miss for his mentor Adam Durrant in the Super Saturday November 22 Handicap (1200m) at Ascot on Wednesday. Johnston-Porter, who led and rated Aloha Miss to defeat stable mate Star Lightning and Clumsy, was having just his third ride…

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Rare Taylor Presence In Geraldton

It’s a rare event for top Perth trainer Jim Taylor to have a presence in Geraldton, so when he does it’s prudent to take notice. Taylor prepares Keep On Dancin in the Glenn Schofield Painting Service Handicap (1120m) and the Oratorio mare looks well placed. She won first up at Northam, ran second to Ysmael…

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Vale David G. Balfour

The Australian Trainers’ Association Federal Executive is deeply saddened by the passing of highly respected South Australian trainer, former member of the ATA Federal Executive and former President of the ATA South Australian Branch, David Balfour. David, a former successful jockey, took out a Trainers Licence and had some great success training overseas in Malaysia…

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Fitzgerald Wins Encouragement Award

Budding apprentice Kate Fitzgerald is the latest recipient of the Western Australian Racing Trainer’s Association (WARTA) and Bio-John monthly encouragement award. Fitzgerald, indentured to David Harrison, commenced riding in February and a month later celebrated her maiden success on Tashi Delek at Norseman. The promising young rider enjoyed further success at Port Hedland and Broome…

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Ammendments To Australian Rules Of Racing

I encourage Members to take the time to review these Amendments, a summary of which is provided below.  To view the Amendments in full, please click on the corresponding links.  Amendment to Australian Rules of Racing  –  AR.178F Following recent cases, the Chairman of Stewards Committee (COSC) believes that AR.178F needs to cover treatments such…

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Tragic Loss Of Carly-Mae Pye

  The tragic loss of Carly-Mae has deeply saddened all involved in racing. The thoughts and prayers of the entire industry are with Carly-Mae’s family and fellow riders at this time. Carly-Mae was a committed and enthusiastic jockey who was widely respected for her dedication and work ethic. She was popular and highly regarded as…

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Prentice Back On Track

Simon Foster breathed a huge sigh of relief when vets uncovered nothing seriously amiss with Prentice and says a Melbourne campaign remains on the agenda for the son of Blackfriars. The Bunbury trainer conceded he feared the worst and said he was utterly devastated after Prentice finished last behind Raising Dubai at his first attempt…

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Pro Ride Information Session

Trainers are invited to join Gary Smith from Pro Ride in an information session at Ascot on Tuesday, October 23. Smith is seeking feedback on the newly laid track and will outline a program for the next three months. Smith will be a track work but would like to meet trainers as a group for…

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Lead Narrows In Touchstone Farm Series

Joe Azzopardi narrowed the gap on Lucy Warwick in the Touchstone Farm Rising Series after Belmont’s final meeting of the season on Saturday. Azzopardi moved to 52 points and nine adrift of leader Lucy Warwick after a superb ride on the Adam Durrant-trained Recode. Wins for Danielle Conroy, Jake Casey and Ellie Cockram at Moora…

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