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Battered Duggan ‘feeling lucky’ after fall

Jenny Duggan is one lucky lady despite confirming an array of injuries a day after her horror fall at Scone on Friday.She had a CT scan on Friday night which showed a small bruise on her brain but with no major damage.She posted on her Facebook page on Saturday: “I’m feeling very lucky to be…

Jenny Duggan is one lucky lady despite confirming an array of injuries a day after her horror fall at Scone on Friday.

She had a CT scan on Friday night which showed a small bruise on her brain but with no major damage.

She posted on her Facebook page on Saturday: “I’m feeling very lucky to be writing this … I have a fracture in the bottom of my skull, some bleeding on my brain, a broken nose, concussion and we are still working out what is happening with my shoulder”.

The skull fracture should be able to be managed by a neck brace, according to doctors.

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Duggan went over the top of her horse and Robert Thompson’s mount Tombolo tripped over it and the recently turned 62-year-old too fell but walked away unharmed.

Double trouble

Boss Jockey Glen Boss was hit with two careless riding charges at Rosehill Gardens. He will ride until next Sunday before being forced to sit on the sidelines until June 11.

His first suspension was incurred when he allowed Banjo’s Voice to shift in when not clear resulting in Shelby Sixtysix being crowded in on Without Risk.

Later in the day, he was hit with another suspension when he allowed Sweet Scandal to shift out which resulted in interference to Moss Trip and Sure Knee. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

Shutdown pain

The fact racing has survived the coronavirus so far doesn’t just mean the sport’s future is looking pretty at present. A shutdown of the industry would have effects that last many years later. Stables wouldn’t be the same for a while, according to trainer Michael Hawkes, who remembers what equine influenza did in 2007.

“EI killed us, it hit us hard,” Hawkes said. “The industry shut down and we lost a lot of people who went out and got normal jobs and a lot of them were thinking ‘wow, how good is this (non-earlier work hours). This is life’.”

Trackwork time shift?

Michael Hawkes is still happy enough with the start times for trackwork, although the likes of Chris Waller has said for some time that he would like to see them pushed back an hour. Maybe the key is not training in town. Kris Lees has more horses than most but he’s still asleep while the big boys in town are working runners.

“At Newcastle, I don’t work a horse until 5.30am,” Lees said. “I don’t get up until 4.30am and that’s a big difference (compared to city trainers). We do travel further than most stables, to be fair, so to wake up any earlier would be ridiculous. I’ve got no doubt we’d get more younger people in racing if we started track work later.”

Hairy flight

Jason Collett is one jockey who was happy to be riding at Rosehill on Saturday after a nerve-racking experience flying in a small plane to Scone last year for the stand-alone meeting.

“I wasn’t a great flyer,” Collett said. “A bit of turbulence didn’t sit well with me … I didn’t sit well, I should say. I’m usually pretty good on the big planes but when you get the turbulence we were getting in that little plane, it got pretty bad and it put the wind up me.

“When you’re rising then all of a sudden drop and your head hits the roof, I don’t think anyone can say they’re used to that.”


Glen Boss was also happy to ride at Rosehill but echoed what many in the industry couldn’t wait for once coronavirus restrictions ease. “When it’s up at Scone it’s even better, so hopefully next year we’ll be there,” he said.

Start of it all …

It was five years ago on Saturday that Winx started her legendary 33-race win streak in the Sunshine Coast Guineas. Take us back.

Tasty treats

Apprentice jockey Georgina Cartwright must be poplar in the South Australian jockeys’ room. She brought her peers a caramel slice to enjoy last weekend at Morphettville. Who in Sydney could step up to the plate?

HORSES TO FOLLOW: Air To Air (going to win soon), Sally’s Day (underrated), Romani Girl (next start).

ONES TO SACK: Graff (forgotten how to win), True Detective (no excuses again).

RIDE OF THE DAY: Nash Rawiller on Costello (saved up plenty of energy).

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No, The Everest isn’t on his radar right now, we’re realistic,” said James Cummings regarding Rainer, who won the Luskin Star, a race Osborne Bulls and Trekking won before running in The Everest.




Perfect Pitch was pretty solid in betting for the TAB Highway Handicap (1500 metres). The Keith Dryden-trained runner was $9.50 in the morning and a late firm just prior to the jump saw it come into $8.50, which is where it bottomed out. Coming with a sweeping run after sitting just off the leading pack, Perfect Pitch knocked off the big firmer Banjo’s Voice ($41-$19-$21). The unlucky runner was Leg Work ($3.90-$4.60) which charged home late along the inside after finding clear running late. Leg Work and Shamusu Sho ($4.20 fav), the latter taking on favouritism late, held the majority of the investment. Between them they were responsible for 58 per cent of the market.

BETS: Leg Work $6,000 @ $4.60, $1,500 e/w @ $4.60/$1.90, $3,000 @ $4.20, $10,000 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.90, Shamusu Sho $4,000 @ $4.20, $1,900 @ $4.20


The Segenhoe Stud Benchmark 78 Handicap (2400 metres) was a sensational betting race with most of the field coming in for good support. Fanciful Toff ($4.60-$8) was a big drifter but was the most popular runner in terms of money taken in front of Humbolt Current ($13-$8) and Costello ($6). It was left to Costello ($6) to finish best under Nash Rawiller to get the money over the fast-finishing Re Edit ($31-$26) with Humbolt Current in third. Of the others, Wild Impact ($8.50-$6.50) was a big firmer but failed to run on after a good trip on the speed.

BETS: Monsieur Sisu $1,000 @ $16, Wild Impact $1,000 @ $8.50, Fanciful Toff $1,000 @ $8, $1,000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.70, $1,000 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $7 TWICE, $1,000 e/w @ $7/$2.60, Kaapfever $2,000 x $2,500 @ $21/$6, Humbolt Current $1,000 @ $8, Harpo Marx $1,000 @ $7.50


The most popular runner in the race delivered a big blow to TAB by taking out the Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes (1100 metres). Macroura opened the day at $3.70 and was backed in to as low as $3.40 before getting back out a touch late to start $3.70. Finishing powerfully for James McDonald, the Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace runner was too strong at the finish for Marboosha ($9-$8.50) and Panna Cotta ($19). Newsreader ($5) was best backed outside the winner but still held around 80 per cent less money than Macroura.

BETS: Macroura $3,000 @ $3.70, $1,950 @ $3.70, $5,000 x $5,500 e/w @ $3.60/$1.60, $4,100 @ $3.50, $6,000 @ $1.60 PLACE, Newsreader $1,500 @ $5, Superbellaa $1,000 e/w @ $11/$3.10.


Dawn Passage was the best tried runner in the Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400 metres) after the scratching of favourite, Masked Crusader. TAB offered up $2.10 about the horse’s chances after Masked Crusader’s withdrawal, with punters jumping quickly to secure black figures. Dawn Passage ($2.10-$1.95) bottomed out at $1.85 early in the afternoon and held just under half the total investment. It was the best backed runner and heavily tried through multis. Rocha Clock ($4.40) went around as the second most popular and tried hard to run down the winner in second, with Air To Air ($61), the rank outsider in the field of five, finishing third.

BETS: Dawn Passage $2,500 @ $1.95, $5,000 @ $1.90, $1,500 @ $1.90, $1,150 @ $1.90, $1,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, Bandersnatch $1,000 @ $4.40 TWICE


The running of the Vinery Stud Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100 metres) was betting stoush between Adelong and Lashes and that’s how it panned out on the track. Between the pair they commanded nearly 70 per cent of the money with Lashes holding the lion’s share of it. Adelong raced up on the speed throughout and despite going $2.40-$2.80, was far too strong at the finish for Lashes ($3.10) which found the line nicely. The pair were well clear of Broken Arrows ($9-$8) in third.

BETS: Adelong $5,000 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, Lashes $3,000 @ $3.10, $2,525 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3.10, Akasaki $1,000 @ $17


Ranier did the right thing by its backers and delivered a big blow to TAB in the running of a race sponsored by TAB – The Luskin Star Stakes (1300 metres). Ranier was the second most popular runner in the race and went around as a $5.50 chance – the same price it was this morning. Only Graff ($3.30-$2.80-$3.40) held more. Hugh Bowman rode the Godolphin galloper a treat and timed his run to perfection, hitting the front over the concluding stages to hold off the fast-finishing Brave Song ($13-$14-$10) which was a noted firmer late. Eleven Eleven ($4-$5.50-$5) was close up in third in front Trumbull ($7.50-$4.80-$5.50) which had plenty of admirers throughout the day.

BETS: Ranier $1,000 @ $5 TWICE, Trumbull $1,200 @ $7, Graff $3,500 @ $3.40, $2,200 @ $3.10, Eleven Eleven $1,000 @ $5.50, Brave Song $1,400 @ $11


The money told the story for the running of the Coolmore Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100 metres). Fituese was crunched from $2.40 this morning into $1.75 at the jump, holding nearly twice as much as second pick in the market Aquitaine ($7.50-$6). The John Thompson runner was peeled wide on the final bend after stalking the leaders, unleashing a big finishing sprint to score comfortably and land a number of big bets and multis. Aquitaine wound up second after racing on the speed while Sally’s Day ($21-$19) grabbed the minor end of the prize.

BETS: Fituese $1,380 @ $2.20, $1,000 @ $2.15, $10,000 @ $1.75, $6,000 @ $1.75, $1,000 @ $1.75 MULTIPLE TIMES, Military Magic $3,000 @ $12, $1,000 @ $10, Aquitaine $3,000 @ $6


In a very open betting affair, Amangiri was one of the firmers to take out the Emirates Park Dark Jewel Classic (1400 metres). Opening the day as a $9 shot, the Bjorn Baker runner jumped $7.50 which made it third pick behind Amangiri ($4.40-$5.50), Delectation Girl ($6.50-$5.50), Dyslexic ($10-$7) and Sweet Scandal ($7-$6.50-$7). Irithea, ridden by James McDonald, enjoyed a good run before finishing strongly to beat Into The Abyss ($17) with the leader Ready To Prophet ($51) adding plenty of spice to the exotics. Amangiri went around by far the most popular runner in front of Sweet Scandal with support for the likes of Sure Knee ($21) and Romani Girl ($23) having admirers at the price.

BETS: Amangiri $10,000 @ $5.50, Sweet Scandal $3,500 @ $7, $2,500 e/w @ $7/$2.30, Delectation Girl $2,000 @ $5.50.


Dirty Work defied a late drift to take out the Arrowfield Ortensia Stakes (1100 metres). The Team Hawkes runner was the best supported runner in the race and after bottoming out at $3.30, got back out to $3.50 at the jump but was as much as $3.90 in the morning. Travelling behind the leader Villami ($4-$5.50), Tommy Berry stuck to the inside lanes and saluted over Star Boy ($41) and Bon Amis ($13). Despite drifting, Villami was the second best supported runner while Noble Boy was the big firmer, going $9-$5 on the day.

BETS: Dirty Work $1,600 @ $4, $1,500 @ $3.40, $1,500 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.10 BETS: Villami $2,800 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4, Handle The Truth $1,000 @ $16, $2,000 @ $15, Prophet’s Thumb $1,500 @ $12, God Of Thunder $5,000 @ $11, Noble Boy $4,000 @ $5

Dr Drill powers to victory in Cup

When Ciaron Maher and David Eustace took Age Of Fire to the Scone Cup last year to run last, Sydney stable foreman Annabel Neasham told them they better bring something better for the race in 2020 — and they did.

Dr Drill was the horse they picked as their Scone Cup runner this year and he didn’t let the team down with a gritty win after given a top ride by Keagan Latham.

The five-year-old got into a good spot behind the speed and when a gap opened up in the straight, Latham drove him through it and the talented stayer did the rest. He beat a wall of horses who produced big finishes as $3.90 favourite Phaistos ran second, with Sambro in third while Black On Gold ran one of the best seventh placings you’ll ever see.

Neasham, who runs the Maher/Eustace Sydney operation, said this year the trip out to Scone was worth it.

“It was super,” she said. “We were quite confident this would be his sort of race and it was a beautiful ride from Keagan. I said to him ‘just really cuddle the horse.’. Last start we just rode him a little bit wrong over 1400m when we had him at his top the whole way.

“We knew he’d travel much further at a mile. He’s got a really good turn of foot.”

Dr Drill has been trained differently since arriving at the Maher/Eustace stable to be successful in the Australian conditions. And he proved to be good value for his followers when sent out an $11 chance yesterday after running 11th last start at Randwick.

“He was at 2400m horse back in Europe but Ciaron does a great job with these European horses and getting a bit of speed back into their legs,” Neasham said.

Earlier in the day, The Bopper won the $100,000 Inglis 2YO Challenge (1100m) by a huge margin as Kris Lees looks to have found a very good horse.

The Bopper led them up from a wide gate then kicked again at the top of the straight to defeat Miss Kojiki by four lengths with Samantha Clenton on board.

“He showed us a bit from day one,” Lees said. “He trialled up well, was impressive on debut and probably went to another level today. He looks to be a nice horse in the making.’’

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