Jun 1



Certainly a colourful character


Bryce Stanaway

Trainer Bryce Stanaway (Image: Darren McNamara)

Bryce Stanaway charged with misconduct

Trainer Bryce Stanaway said he was shocked by the charge laid against him by Racing Victoria stewards on Wednesday morning but said he will 'fight to the end' to be cleared.

Stanaway was charged under AR 175 (q), which provides that: 

"The Principal Racing Authority (or the stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise: Any person who in their opinion is guilty of any misconduct, improper conduct or unseemly behaviour."

The charge relates to a verbal confrontation between Stanaway and licensed steward Chris Agnew at the Werribee racecourse on April 8, when stewards contend that Stanaway's comments to Agnew 'constituted misconduct, improper conduct or unseemly behaviour'.

The charge will be heard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at 9:30am on Tuesday, June 6.

Stanaway said: "I'm in shock that I've been charged for treating someone how they treated me."

The Torquay-based trainer said the charge 'could finish me' as he is down to just 10 horses in his stable and is considering moving back to his native New Zealand.

"But I will fight this to the end," he said.

Jun 1



ATC begins Everest selection process

an hour ago

The Australian Turf Club has put its slot for the $10 million Everest up for tender.

The ATC will look at applications from Australia and overseas for the 1200m-sprint at Randwick on October 14.

Trainer David Hayes is already looking for a berth with Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior and Goodwood winner Vega Magic while Mick Price is hoping Lankan Rupee, who is coming back from injury, can secure a start.

Among the criteria will be career performance and international ratings.

ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said selecting a runner was the first of many exciting stages ahead of the inaugural running of The Everest.

"The Everest has very quickly caught the attention and imagination of the local and international racing world, and many owners, trainers and representatives have already publicly stated they want to run,'' Pearce said.

"The ATC will look to attract the very best sprinters to compete, and we hope the ATC Slot can be utilised by a horse that enhances the quality of the race and in turn promotes Sydney racing to the world.''

Applications close on June 30.

Jun 1



New wagering partners for Racing.com

Racing.com on Wednesday announced new two-year wagering partnerships with CrownBet, Sportsbet and bet365 that will be integrated through broadcast and digital coverage of thoroughbred racing.

The announcement comes as Racing.com restructures its wagering partnerships around live racing broadcast with three categories:

• Saturday racing;

• Thursday night, Friday day and Friday night racing; and

• Sunday to Thursday day racing.

CrownBet, the premium wagering partner of Racing.com since 2015, will continue its relationship by being the integration partner on Saturday racing. This will include all day and night racing programmed on Saturdays that are broadcast on Racing.com, along with Saturday form program Before The First.

Sportsbet will be the integration partner with the broadcast of Thursday night to Friday night racing, including the increasingly popular coverage of night racing at Moonee Valley, Cranbourne and Racing.com Park.

CrownBet and Sportsbet will also be represented in Thursday night form program Get On.

bet365 will be the integration partner with the broadcast of Sunday to Thursday racing and highlight meetings that cover both metropolitan and country racing venues including many prestigious Country Cups.

bet365 will also be represented on seasonal review programs Spring Insiders and Autumn Insiders and on Saturday form program Before The First.

All three partners will have equal share of voice of advertising on the broadcast channel and digital assets.

The transition of the new partnership model commences on June 1, with the integration of Sportsbet alongside CrownBet, while bet365 will be introduced from July 1.

All three partners will have equal integration within race-day coverage of 18 feature Victorian race meetings over the next two Spring and Autumn Carnivals, including: Orr Stakes, Black Caviar Lightning, Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Guineas, Australian Cup, Makybe Diva Stakes, Naturalism Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Cup, Manikato Stakes, Cox Plate, Victoria Derby, Melbourne Cup, VRC Oaks, Stakes Day and Zipping Classic.

For the month of June, CrownBet and Sportsbet will share all integration across Racing.com platforms, with CrownBet partnering on Saturday and Sunday and Sportsbet partnering on Monday to Friday.

The new partnerships exclude coverage of international racing on Racing.com.

Racing.com CEO Andrew Catterall said: "I am pleased to be able to continue our successful partnership with CrownBet as well as welcoming Sportsbet and bet365 as new partners to our platform.

"Over the last 18 months since our launch, we have had CrownBet as our exclusive race day integration partner.

"Moving to the three integration partners, each with clean air around specific race days, will bring new energy and innovation to the presentation of race days on Racing.com.

"The new partnership model will deliver revenue growth and will help with the acquisition of further rights and content.

"Over the next two years, we will work with all three partners to expand magazine programming on the channel and relaunch our digital assets.

"I would also like to thank Ladbrokes for their support of Racing.com as Associate Wagering Partner over the past two years and wish them continued success."

CrownBet CEO Matthew Tripp added: "CrownBet strongly supports the innovative approach Racing.com is taking to promote thoroughbred racing to new and larger audiences.

"We're proud to have been there from the start and to be continuing our support for new developments like Before the First."

Sportsbet CEO Cormac Barry said: "Partnering with Racing.com further cements Sportsbet's commitment to the racing industry and our belief that free-to-air broadcast of racing is crucial to the future success of the sport.

"We are particularly excited about the opportunity night racing presents and in conjunction with Racing.com, we will bring new and engaging content to the audience across all of our respective channels."

bet365 CEO Daniel Moran said: "bet365 is pleased to continue its support of racing by partnering with Racing.com's broadcast of live horse-racing on free-to-air television.

"It will complement our existing support of the industry, especially country racing in Victoria."

May 31



A very good read, over the years I have had about a dozen opportunities to registers in racing, but have declined so far

because of what it can be like as told in this report.

Can u imagine 28.8 going under some elses juridiction!!!

Not for this little black duck.




Topic: Bullying In The Racing Industry
    Posted: 20 hours 58 minutes ago at 12:39pm Horse trainers speak out about alleged culture of bullying in the racing industry

Exclusive by the National Reporting Team's Lorna Knowles and Meredith Griffiths

A champion horse trainer who made headlines last year when she disappeared for three days has spoken out for the first time about an allegedly toxic culture of bullying and harassment in the racing industry.

Bindi Cheers vanished into dense bushland last July after one of her horses was scratched from a race north of Sydney.

She left the Hawkesbury Races in a distressed state, drove to Beresfield, near Newcastle, where she parked her horse float at a service station and wandered into bushland. She was intent on taking her own life.

But she survived for more than three days without food or water before police found her.

In an exclusive interview with the ABC, Ms Cheers said she was driven to breaking point after allegedly being bullied for raising serious safety concerns about her local track at Taree.

The ABC can also reveal that law firm Slater and Gordon is representing Ms Cheers in a suit against the Taree Wingham Racing Club and two club officials in the NSW District Court for alleged trespass and negligence.

She is one of more than 10 trainers who have spoken to the ABC about bullying in the industry.

They say many are being victimised for speaking out.

The CEO of Racing NSW, Peter V'landys, strenuously denied her claims. He said Racing NSW officials had gone out of their way to help Ms Cheers and denied that bullying was a problem in the industry.

Complaint wasn't taken seriously

In a statement of claim, Ms Cheers alleges she was subjected her to an 18-month-long campaign of bullying and harassment at the Taree Wingham Race Club.

"It was horrendous, it was just, each day, you didn't know what you were going to walk into," she said.

Ms Cheers alleges that on December 3, 2014, two club officials came to her home, where they abused and threatened her.

She said her problems started when she raised safety concerns about the track, including sand on the track, kangaroos and inadequate fencing.

"It was something that wasn't taken seriously. We were all basically acknowledged as whingers. You know, 'Go away, we don't want to know about it'," Ms Cheers said.

So, she helped arrange a petition which was sent to Racing NSW in late 2014

In her statement of claim, Ms Cheers says that around the same time, club CEO Brian Leggett came to her home. She told the ABC her husband, Peter Cheers, was at work but her mother, Julia, was home babysitting their then three-year-old daughter, Nicki.

The statement of claim alleges Mr Leggett "blocked her path of exit from her property" and approached her with a letter.

"He got really aggressive and demanding and kept calling me different things," she said.

The claim alleges Mr Leggett was "yelling, advancing in a menacing manner and threatening that he would make her life a misery".

"I called the police," Ms Cheers said.

She says Mr Leggett eventually left the property but then another car arrived. Her claim says it was club president, Greg Coleman.

It states that Mr Coleman grabbed her arm, pushed her in the chest four times, yelled, behaved in an aggressive manner, and threatened that she would lose her trainer's licence.

Mr Leggett and Mr Coleman strenuously denied all the allegations but said it would be inappropriate to comment further because the matters are before the court.

Ms Cheers says she reported the incident to the chief steward, but he took no action.

The CEO of Racing NSW, Peter V'landys, said there was no evidence the men had done anything wrong.

Mr V'landys said she didn't raise the allegations of bullying until she was banned from the track, 18 months later.

However, Ms Cheers has provided the ABC with a copy of a complaint she says she sent to Racing NSW a few days after the incident, in which she complained of "bullying, harassment and intimidation".

Mr V'landys said the men were simply trying to serve Ms Cheers with a notice to attend a meeting to answer charges that she had left her horses unattended at the track, which had compromised track safety.

"Sometimes participants do the wrong thing and then when it comes unstuck, they become the victims," Mr V'landys said.

"At all times they were trying to assist her but she just didn't like the fact that she couldn't leave these horses unattended."

Ms Cheers says in 2015 she had a mental breakdown and took some time off work.

"I was unable to go to the track every day because I was unwell," she said.

In March last year she tried to return to Taree but she was not allowed to train on the track.

Mr V'landys said the club did not want her there because she was "causing stress".

Ms Cheers said she was forced to travel an extra two hours per day to the track at Port Macquarie. Because of the much longer commute time, she began training her horses in the bush, in the paddocks and on the beach.

'I wasn't intending to live'

These training arrangements, Ms Cheers said, meant that on the day of the Hawkesbury race, in July 2016, her horses were not as competitive.

Her first two horses raced and came last and second last.

"The stewards called me in and said they know my situation with Taree but there's nothing they can do to help me. It's not good enough."

Her next horse was scratched after playing up in the gates. Bindi Cheers says she snapped.

"There was nowhere to go. What could I do? I can't use a racetrack. Can't get them anywhere to go. So I went in and handed my licence to the chief steward and said, 'You want my licence? Here's my licence. I've had enough. Enough's enough. I can't take it anymore,'" she said.

She drove her horses to a service station 170 kilometres away, where she fed and watered them. She left them in an area with CCTV cameras so they would be found.

"I left with the wrong intentions, obviously, and took a rope," she said.

"I wasn't intending to live those four days.

"The branch broke and then I sat down and I cried and I cried and I cried and then it got dark and I just thought, 'Well, I'll work it out in the morning.'

"And then it was, like, 'Obviously have to pick a better branch', and it was, like 'Well, obviously I'm not good at what I'm trying to do.'"

"And then after a while it was, like, 'I could live in the bush.'

"And then I decided to go out for water and I was going to walk back to the cliffs and that's when they found me."

Mr V'landys said on the day she disappeared she was abusive to stewards, who had tried to help her.

"They even gave her a pamphlet with all the numbers on it, she threw it on the ground and stormed off," Mr V'landys said.

Ms Cheers has given up her career in horse training and her husband, Peter, now runs the business.

She says she is speaking out in the interest of other trainers.

Licence pulled after successful compo claim

Pam Webber is another trainer who claims she was bullied by racing authorities.

Ms Webber is suing Racing NSW and Mr V'landys in the NSW Supreme Court for alleged restraint of trade, discrimination and oppressive conduct.

Her successful 30-year career came to a halt in 2012 when she fell off a horse on the track.

"I was in a lot of pain, a lot of neck pain and a lot of back pain and the back pain gave me leg pain, so I couldn't work," she said.

She made a worker's compensation claim to Racing NSW, but they rejected the claim.

"I was quite stunned they could possibly think that it wasn't work related. I was unfit for work and then I had to try and find out how I was going to keep my business going," she said.

Pam Webber said she battled through courts for four years before she finally got her money, but within weeks of that win, Racing NSW revoked her trainer's licence.

"It seemed, as it came immediately after we won the final case with workers' compensation, as a punishment for standing up to them. I couldn't believe that I'd got over all those hurdles, all that hardship and they were going to pull the rug from underneath me."

Mr V'landys said Ms Webber caused most of the delays in court proceedings and said her licence was not renewed because she was riding against the advice of her own doctors, posing a danger to herself and others.

"Again, it's easy to portray yourself as the victim when you've done the wrong thing," Mr V'landys said.

'People are giving up and walking away'

Gordon Yorke is a veteran horse trainer and one of the founders of the NSW Trainers Association. He says many trainers are bullied by officials if they speak out.

"They just shut you out. And the more you complain, the more they take you on personally and the more they make it tougher for you," he said.

"It appears we've got these clubs now that are bullying trainers, 'We want you, we don't want you.'"

Like Bindi Cheers, Gordon Yorke says he was prevented from training at a track after raising safety concerns. But the Coffs Harbour club told the ABC it was a commercial decision.

"It was obviously bullying. 'We don't want him back, he embarrasses us. We're not having him near our private boys' club,'" he said.

"What the hell is this about? You know, 'If he rocks the boat, throw him out of the boat.'"

He managed to survive by moving to another track but knows many others who haven't made it.

"Everybody complains about it, the older generation, people my age, are giving it up and walking away, the younger generation don't understand it so they just think it's the rules and it's not good for the industry," he said.

Mr V'landys said Mr Yorke was "indebted" to the club and had been aggressive and abusive to officials.

"Again, it's one of those situations where the person's done the wrong thing and then tried to become the victim in not being allowed on the racecourse," he said.

"We've got 126 racecourses around NSW. People that abide by the rules, they seem to have no problems.

May 31



I used to jump my greyhounds 40 years ago and this info from Mr Weir answers a lot of questions about his horses in the mounting yard.


A good read.


Weir keen to keep jumps racing as a training asset

Patrick Bartley
  • Patrick Bartley

Just 24 hours after one of his most memorable jumping victories, Darren Weir was calling on all racing enthusiasts to get behind the jumping industries of Victoria and South Australia.

The trainer pointed to his victory with Renew in Saturday's $125,000 Australian Hurdle at Sandown as clear evidence that racing needs jumping events, and how the discipline is so important in training racehorses of any age.


John Allen riding Renew (r) jumping before defeating Martin Kelly riding Urban Explorer (L) in Race 4, The Australian ... John Allen riding Renew (r) jumping before defeating Martin Kelly riding Urban Explorer (L) in Race 4, The Australian Hurdle during Melbourne Racing at Sandown Lakeside on May 27, 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Arguably one of Australia's most successful trainers, Weir said that his huge training operations at Ballarat and Warrnambool are mostly underpinned by jumping as part of his fitness program.

"There are so many dimensions to jumps races. Look at Renew. He was brought from Ireland for a lot of money and when his flat racing plateaued it looked like a pretty significant investment had gone to waste. But when I got him he took to jumping perfectly. He was alert, switched on and he just loved getting over the jumps and relished being trained that way.

"The horse has managed to reinvent his career and not only be a money spinner over hurdles he reverts back to the flat and is successful as well," he said.

"Renew has generated over $200,000 for his owners that would have never been available had the sport been banned.

"I make no secret of the fact that it's very much a part of how I train my horses. From ages two up to eight or even nine, they all jump. In fact they all jump every day. That's how it works and it's become a very successful tactic.

"We need to retain jumps races in this country. Sure, the odd one will topple over and be injured but that happens on the flat. We don't hear any calls to stop flat racing. We're all saddened when one goes down but we've got to look at the big picture.

"In Victoria we've never had a safer jumping industry since its inception. We've got to give owners an alternative when flat racing becomes limited for horses. There's got to be an alternative. Trust me though, when these horses go to the jumps for the first time, their zest for racing goes through the roof." 

Weir believes that the industry must stay strong and support jumps racing because of its importance to the economy of horse racing.


I am now wiser to Weirs runners in the mounting yards.



May 31



I am very humbled by the surprise my 3 lovely children did for their dad, amazing....love daddy xoxoxoxoxo    



May 30

Can we force bookies to change their prices?


Bookies are slow to put up markets and also at some silly prices because they are not sure of the form and who is fit.

Sorry to sound like a broken record, but when our live fitness ratings are out, markets will change dramatically.

I rated Nautical 98% 1st rating on our top line, members got 105/1 and 28/1 on betfair,

will bookies crunch this horses odds in?

Off course they will, and it won!

They would crunch it to 5/1 without taking a bet, thats a 100/1 plunge pulled off and stewards will swab all, horse, trainer,

owners, bookies, punters, local church  minister, you name it; they will want to get to the bottom of all this, that is for sure!

Fitter favourites will firm, unfit favourites with 4-6 horses fitter will blow out the gate and lose.

Will smart punters trade on our ratings? Yes.

Will we force bookies to change the markets AND WATCH THE ACTION ROCK N ROLL HERE ON BETFAIR!

Learn how to work Betfair punters, that is a winning tip.

Yep and soon, still waiting after 30 years, but closer than yesterday.

I am just trying to help you blokes to win and not lose.


May 30



I love watching the jumps racing in UK,  here in ozz from about 11pm - 2pm.

They are great specticles and to lay those unfit horses on 85% - 90% that get beat 200 metres or pulled out of a race

is real money for jam for punters.

Have to be oncourse as I don't get enough vision to do this, but exciting all the same.

It's good



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