Talented two-year-old … Samaready.With the dust of the Diamond Jubilee settling, champion Black Caviar faces a demanding future should she continue racing. Since the Royal Ascot heart-stopper, many keen judges, albeit viewing by television, believe her preliminary to the barrier was far from the usual flowing motion, indicating problems. Even the absence of her usual strapper, Donna Fisher, has been mentioned as a possible explanation. ”Obviously Black Caviar missed her … the Kiwis are one up again as they really looked after Sunline’s strapper,” Bob Giles wrote to Winning Post. So far, Black Caviar’s ability, plus the aches and pains of a thoroughbred, have been managed perfectly by trainer Peter Moody. Still, if the champ races on, rivals promise to be stronger. Talented two-year-olds such as Samaready and All Too Hard could explode to new heights next season, even if Pierro looks for longer races. Perhaps Black Caviar won’t clash with Atlantic Jewel but proven sprinters Rain Affair and Buffering may consider that catching a champion on the slide is more enticing than before she went to Ascot.
Maybe racehorses licking the back of a South American frog for a go-fast is stretching distance barriers but the substance, dermorphin, now comes in powder form. However, Craig Suann, the Racing NSW vet, says it can be detected by analysis. The New York Times reports it is ”an opiate derived from a toxin found on the back of a certain South American frog. Just a quick tongue of the waxy monkey leaf frog and horses will be feeling no pain, perhaps even euphoric or hyperactive”. In more recent times, cobra venom has become of sting of choice by United States desperates. The frog revelation has prompted sceptics in the needle-happy US to say: ”This is horse racing in a nutshell: dope ’em up and hope they don’t break down.”
The suggestion of a extra allowance, four kilograms, for apprentice Jenny Duggan when she turned pro was quickly dismissed. Now the Australian Racing Board is considering giving females a permanent weight advantage. Duggan had ridden 40 winners at the picnics and was rated too good to get any more than three kilos. Subsequently, she has notched another 32 winners on country and provincial tracks and has just been granted her metropolitan ticket. ”In the 2004-05 season, they [the females in China] were just about gone,” Alan Aitken reported from Hong Kong. ”To try and get them back in the game, the Jockey Club laid out a system of weight allowances according to how many winners ridden, but the minimum claim would be two pounds [about 1kg] forever. It worked and by the 2009-10 season, the Chinese jockeys were riding 272 winners for the season, over 35 per cent of races run.”
The Hoods have been turning out hand-tailored winners for more than half a century and Mick Hood carried on the tradition with Al’s Gold in the City Extra Restaurants Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday. Before him, his father Mick, a former jumps jockey, was the master of the old science: scoring when the money was on. Now Stephen is ready to take over the reins when the current Mick, 76, retires. Mick reports Stephen ”does all the work” and is on the way back after a Rosehill track accident when ”he copped both barrels”, hind legs with the damaging blast of a shotgun, from a wayward charge.
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”She’s well above average and a little jet in the wet, too,” jockey Craig Newitt said after the filly Elite Elle won the Tattsbet苏州美甲培训学校 Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday.
Glintz, an $8 chance in a wide betting race, was beaten more than 16 lengths in the Four’n Twenty Legendary Angus Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday following an unlucky second the previous week.
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