We dis racing authorities for lacking initiative and then, of course, pounce on any issues that arise when a new enterprise gets wobbly. But the decision to offer full TAB coverage for the Woolamai picnics was FWD, notwithstanding the positives of coverage given to arguably the most vibrant segment of the local game. Sadly we have to accept that there was a risk. Most sports corruption is at the “lower paid” level. Look at the Pakistanis who spent years being paid “jack” whilst their Admin travelled first-class. It’s unlikely ManU or Federer can be led astray when they’re on such good coin (though there’s the JMac racing oddity to show what greed or pressure can do!). Anyway, one meeting and now one inquiry – https://rv.racing.com/news/2017-01-06/stewards-report—rob-kirkpatrick. Let’s hope it’s a red herring but hmmm.
There’ve been some sad moments for Racing this week, especially the passing of Margaret Quinton, wife and truly partner of gentleman and champion jockey/mentor/trainer Ron. Her sudden death will have rocked many.
Also noticed that trainer Graeme Spackman died, with his former charge Monday Hangover saluting at Nowra at good odds yesterday.
Racing also lost one of the great broodmares in Helsinge – mothering Black Caviar and All Too Hard is quite a legacy.
Other than that, it is business as usual…trots scandals (they’ve found the allegedly rigged race at Cobram a couple of years ago…everything else seems OK!) and more cobalt charges from RVL.
The big prizes are on the Gold Coast this weekend where the Magic Millions Sales and races get plenty of hype and some pretty good horses. Winning Rupert is certainly a drawcard.
Flemington’s meeting is highlighted by the Chester Manifold (MR7, 1400m, Hcp, Listed). The quality of the fields will improve considerably over coming weeks as Feb is the “new autumn”! …Diamond/Futurity/OakleighPlate 25/2 and the Lightning a week prior.