Brisbane stamp title claim in Dogs win

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Brisbane have stretched their lead at the top of the NRL ladder with a hard fought-win over fellow premiership heavyweights Canterbury, doing enough to hold on to a 16-8 win in tough conditions with neither side able to display their best football.

In a game where each side had four State of Origin players backing up three days after Wednesday night’s series decider, it was the Maroons contingent of Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker who led the way for the visitors.

While Canterbury will be left clinging to eighth position, a tough run to the finals means the loss puts a dent in their title aspirations, and coach Des Hasler will be left ruing some disjointed attacking sets where his side repeatedly failed to take advantage of good field position or build any serious pressure.

A strong start to the second half briefly threatened to take the ascendency from Wayne Bennett’s men but for the majority of the match Brisbane just looked far too strong in the middle of the field, despite the return from injury of Dogs skipper James Graham after a month out with a hamstring injury.

Brisbane enjoyed 10 more sets than the home team and finished up with 57 per cent of possession for the game, the extra defensive workload telling on Canterbury at the back end of the contest.

Origin III Man of the Match Parker was colossal for the visitors with a match-high 197 metres and four offloads, while Thaiday’s try just before half-time capped a strong all-round game.

The opening exchanges lived up to the heavyweight billing of this clash with both sides feeling each other out in a middle-of-the-field battle with few errors and penalties.

The Broncos began to earn the ascendency in the middle and after being handed the first attacking chance took full advantage when some long flat passes out to the left edge allowed centre Jack Reed to send Daniel Vidot over for the first points.

Canterbury hit back slightly against the run of play when a Brett Morris half break and offload allowed his twin Josh to level the scores.

But with the Broncos reasserting ascendency and the Bulldogs’ few attacking chances breaking down, it was Brisbane who managed to regain the lead when a long Andrew McCullough pass followed by an Anthony Milford short ball allowed a wide-running Sam Thaiday to slice through to the outside of towering youngster Shaun Lane.

Jordan Kahu’s sideline conversion – which only came because hard-working lock Corey Parker’s 105 metres and four offloads earned him a rest after 28 minutes – were the final points of the half, although had winger Lachlan Maranta latched onto a precision Ben Hunt kick five seconds from the siren it could have been a different story.

A ferocious thunderstorm passed over ANZ Stadium during the half-time break and while it cleared quickly it left puddles around the ground and delayed the start of the second half until the flashes of lightning stopped and the Bulldogs came out fired up and full of running.

After Moses Mbye came within millimetres of forcing a line drop out and a brilliant Josh Morris save on a seemingly try-bound Anthony Milford provided let-offs for each side, impressive Bulldogs youngster Shaun Lane used his huge size and strength to push through Brisbane’s left-edge defence to get his team back within two points after 50 minutes.

Some good Canterbury defence repelled several attacking sets on their own line but having finally absorbed all that pressure and gained possession, a knock on from a scrum handed Brisbane yet another opportunity and the pressure finally told as prop Adam Blair forced his way over under the posts, the 16-8 lead the biggest of the game so far.

With the clock starting to become a factor Canterbury continued to be disjointed in attack; in consecutive sets Josh Morris and Josh Jackson were caught with it on the last and forced to kick with Morris’s going out on the full and Jackson’s earning Brisbane a penalty after Curtis Rona’s extra effort trying to force Maranta back in-goal.

A brilliant 77th-minute touchfinder from an optional 20-metre restart by Moses Mbye handed his side one last chance to get within striking distance but a try-saving tackle from Thaiday on centre Tim Lafai in-goal put paid to those hopes and Brisbane were able to wind the clock down to earn a vital two competition points.

Brisbane Broncos 16 (Vidot, Thaiday, Blair tries Kahu, parker goals) defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 8 (J Morris, Lane tries). Half time: Brisbane 10-4. Crowd: 16,253.

Australian Horse Racing Tips – Sunday 12th July 2015

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Tips for every Australian TAB meeting from right across Australia.

Horse Racing – Australia
Cairns
Race 1 6 – Mishani Redman
Race 2 7 – Our Recipe
Race 3 3 – Duke of Cambridge
Race 4 8 – Sandbar Jack
Race 5 4 – San Raymond
Race 6 5 – Lil’ Red Monkey
Race 7 3 – Dragon Hart
Race 8 2 – Cheval Argente
Hobart
Race 1 6 – Extended Warranty
Race 2 5 – Special Fusion
Race 3 6 – It’s Unstoppable
Race 4 2 – Sun Disk
Race 5 1 – Merrick’s Beauty
Race 6 4 – Midnight Tears
Race 7 4 – Qui Samer
Race 8 6 – Magnasa
Kalgoorlie
Race 1 1 – Megafactory
Race 2 1 – Phantom Choice
Race 3 4 – Saturday Skies
Race 4 9 – Tom Almighty
Race 5 3 – Adricat
Race 6 4 – Wind Spirit
Race 7 4 – Emjye
Mudgee
Race 1 3 – General Thompson
Race 2 8 – Northwest
Race 3 7 – Uncle Wingnut
Race 4 7 – Honey Cara
Race 5 3 – Sobriquet
Race 6 6 – Sooner or Later
Race 7 8 – Willow Song
Penola
Race 1 3 – Free Fall
Race 2 6 – The Green Sash
Race 3 5 – Whyclass
Race 4 3 – Combat Dancer
Race 5 2 – Ustinov’s Fury
Race 6 7 – Zipalang
Race 7 5 – Street Ball
Sunshine Coast
Race 1 3 – Patriarch
Race 2 10 – Runway Angel
Race 3 1 – Lord Pyrus
Race 4 7 – Spirit Torque
Race 5 4 – Diggler
Race 6 5 – Clandise
Race 7 1 – Duan Major
Race 8 9 – Agencia
Warracknabeal
Race 1 8 – Scintiller
Race 2 13 – Katy Kat
Race 3 7 – Inala Angel
Race 4 7 – Ritzy Dane
Race 5 2 – Issawi
Race 6 6 – Santiago
Race 7 4 – Gold Medals
Race 8 3 – Already Taken
Warrnambool
Race 1 3 – Brass in My Pocket
Race 2 6 – Lord Barrington
Race 3 2 – Sea King
Race 4 10 – Not a Llama
Race 5 10 – Now And Zen
Race 6 13 – Mayan Prophecy
Race 7 1 – Artistic Lass
Race 8 5 – Burning Front

Singapore Tips – 12th July 2015

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Tips for Kranji, Singapore for the Group 1 Singapore Derby Day

Horse Racing – Singapore

Singapore
Race 1 3 – Imperial Boy
Race 2 14 – Miss Streisand
Race 3 7 – Percius
Race 4 3 – Star Beauty
Race 5 6 – Wild Geese
Race 6 1 – Aspen
Race 7 6 – Newlands
Race 8 1 – War Affair
Race 9 10 – Northern Boss
Race 10 8 – Kiwi Karma
Race 11 12 – Brahms And Liszt

BEST BET: Race 8 – 1 – WAR AFFAIR

Sha Tin Tips – Sunday 12th July 2015

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Free Hong Kong Horse Racing Tips for the Card from Sha Tin

Horse Racing – Hong Kong

Sha Tin
Race 1 4 – Bamboo Dance
Race 2 4 – Magical Beam
Race 3 3 – Jun Gong
Race 4 12 – So Fast
Race 5 13 – Snow Slider
Race 6 5 – Unicorn
Race 7 7 – Newswire Free
Race 8 8 – Ashkiyr
Race 9 8 – Contentment
Race 10 10 – Happy Surveys
Race 11 4 – Sun Jewellery

BEST BET: Race 10- 10 – Happy Surveys 

Brazen Beau flops in July Cup

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Australian colt Brazen Beau has flopped in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket running a disappointing 7th in the 1200m feature.

3 year old colt Muhaarar won the race by a nostril starting a 2/1 joint favourite, sprouting wings late to just nail 25/1 outsider Tropics on the post. Following on from his devastating win in the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

3yo Colt Murhaarar winner of the 2015 Darley July Cup at Newmarket

3yo Colt Murhaarar winner of the 2015 Darley July Cup at Newmarket

Sent out joint 2/1 favourite, Brazen Beau reefed and pulled the whole first 600m of the race with James Doyle simply unable to settle the star Aussie sprinter having his last career run. He faded out badly the last 100m to finish in 7th spot.

That brings down the curtain on a dual Group 1 winning career for the Chris Waller trained sprinter. He won the 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington & the Newmarket Handicap at the same course and distance earlier this year.

 

Godolphin purchased the colt earlier this year off Grant Morgan’s Ontrack Thoroughbreds Syndicate, with 37 separate owners, for a huge figure allegedly some $20 million.

The English trip wasn’t a complete disaster for Brazen Beau, running a close up 2nd in last months Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Undrafted.

Saturday’s Horse Racing Tips from Around Australia

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Horse Racing – Australia

Doomben

Race 1 9 – Aerobar
Race 2 3 – You Did What
Race 3 10 – More Energy
Race 4 5 – All Troops
Race 5 2 – Seeking More
Race 6 8 – Write Cheek
Race 7 5 – Timeless Prince
Race 8 7 – Court’s Star

Flemington

Race 1 4 – Irada
Race 2 2 – Husson Eagle
Race 3 1 – Miss Rose de Lago
Race 4 7 – Clairvaux
Race 5 5 – He’s a Given
Race 6 1 – Kansas Sunflower
Race 7 2 – Tried And Tired
Race 8 9 – Play Master
Race 9 1 – Crafty Cruiser

Gold Coast

Race 1 3 – Cheering
Race 2 12 – Audree
Race 3 11 – World Class
Race 4 6 – Fell From Heaven
Race 5 3 – Rainbow Magic
Race 6 1 – Twisted Mountain
Race 7 1 – Tribal Art
Race 8 1 – Point

Royal Randwick

Race 1 2 – Eigelstein
Race 2 1 – Intrepid Way
Race 3 9 – Miss Hufflepuff
Race 4 2 – Kiseki Dane
Race 5 4 – Orujo
Race 6 6 – Alias
Race 7 2 – Ghost Protocol
Race 8 5 – Floral Insight

Robbie’s In-Depth Doomben Preview – 10 July 2015

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Better performance last week with a couple of our more fancied runners saluting but we were still

let down by some shocking rides. That is probably the biggest risk betting on Brisbane races, the

quality of hoop engaged. We really have a poor selection of riders to choose from so you are let

down more often than not. The only two riders you can really depend on are Tim Bell and Damian

Browne which is a bit sad. That’s why you will see majority of favourites going around with an

apprentice on board. The kids ride as well as most the senior jockeys, and if you can get 3kg off then

you lose nothing and gain everything by putting them on. L Dittman looks in for a big day tomorrow

with a super book of rides. Enough of the rant from me – lets get into it.

The weather has been good here all week and even with a small amount of rain I expect us to be on

a good track tomorrow. Rail is 3.5m the circuit which isnt too bad so most horses should be given a

chance, however, as we know with Doomben it really favours the on speed runners.

R1 – F&M Class 6 to kick things off. No. 5 Lesley’s Choice hasn’t been seen since her 6L romp back in

May in the midweeks. Im not sure why they have kept her out so long as she has been a nominator

and acceptor over the past 3 weeks without running – maybe they were just waiting for the right

race / competition / barrier etc and she has got it here. Barrier 1, 3kg claimer and a good track. I

think she will jump and lead from the cherry and prove very hard to catch. She maybe a touch short

at the moment at $2.50 but you certainly don’t want to back anything to beat her. There looks to be

a good amount of pace in the race so Im certainly not declaring her. No.9 Aerobar is up from Sydney

for Gerald Ryan. This 3yo filly has drawn wide so will look to press forward form barrier 9 and I

expect her to get across and sit outside the leader eventually. We could see No.10 Khalessi and No.3

Anasheed both push forward to try and hold her out, especially with the claimers on both, so that

would see Aerobar having to do a stack of work to get to the front with the fave. Who knows, those

4 could go silly but No.5 Lesley’s Choice will do the least amount of work and the apprentice on is

quite smart so might even look to box seat if they do go silly. No.4 Doula and No. 8 Widow’s Walk

will both relish the tempo up front and it would not shock to see either grab the fave late as she

hasn’t raced for almost 6 weeks so could feel the pinch at the end of 1200m. Tough little race to

begin.

Selections – 5/8/4/9

Suggested bet – box quinella 5/8/4/9

Confidence – 70%

R2 – another class six over 1200m this time for the boys. Pretty average class 6 if you ask me and

certainly a race to look for some value as there are multiple winning chances. No6. Headwater

Country looks like he will cross from wide and lead them up. Looks to be the only natural leader in

the race so the pace could be a lot slower than we see from the first race. No7. Flamboyer will press

forward from out wide and should find the fence first and hand up to No.6 Headwater Country.

No11. Suit and No. 9 On The Deck should find a nice spot close up but the pace, as mentioned, looks

to be only moderate and we could see a sprint home. No.4 Big Decision might look to take up a first

4 position but I see no problems for these 5 mentioned finding a good position. Favourite No.10 Mr

Jetset has drawn barrier 1 but gets back in his races and at Doomben I think he will find himself 3 or

4 pairs back on the rail and in an awkward spot, so I am willing to take it on. Another horse I have

plenty of time for is No.12 Three Beers Please – has a handy record and was super last start here

about a month ago. The month off concerns me, especially with the step up in grade, so it might

need the run but it also wouldn’t shock as the horse he beat, Storm Fighter, franked that form on

Wednesday. I’m selecting No.11 Suit on top as an each-way bet, just because I think it will get a

good spot in the run and has some pretty handy form from when it was in Sydney against G1

performed Generalife and a few other handy types.

Selections – 11/9/7/6

Suggested bet – each way No.11 Suit ($5.50 and $2 UBET)

Confidence – 50%

R3 – a real plodders staying race here – Im sure most smart punters will turn it over to the footy

while this race is on. Im not going to bother with the speed map here but I can say I think the

favourite, No.10 More Energy is a false favourite. A 4yo Fastnet Rock which doesn’t bode well for a

2200m race. As well it is stepping up to the distance from a 1600m race which doesn’t profile well

either. Almost pinched it last start at big odds but there is no way you can take $3.20 about this

thing. If you made me bet on the race I would back No.2 Kobi Creek who looked home last time out

or No.7 Kaiser Franz who flogged them last start but doesn’t go as well on the firmer surface. My

real tip though is save your money for later in the day.

Selections 7/2/10/12

Suggested bet – don’t bet

Confidence – 25%

R4 – another race with little interest – a 2yo winter race in Brisbane. There is a couple of handy ones

here so probably a little more quality than we have seen recently. As with all 2yo races the pace

should be good. No.14 Certain Ellie should lead from barrier 1. Had trialled really well in June, albeit

on a heavy, so I think on top of the ground she wont be good enough. No.4 Monaco Playboy should

come out fast and may look to lead / sit outside the 14 if it is leading. No.1 Jam Toast should work to

the front from his middle barrier and sit just behind them. No.7 Most Important should box seat

behind the leader and No2. Dram of Red should get a lovely run behind the front four. I would like

Byrne to have him one off the fence though as being in traffic as a 2yo isnt ideal but I have a feeling

the horse will be 3 pairs back on the rail. If Byrne can get No. 2 Dram of Red off the fence I think it

wins, but at $2.70 currently I think it’s a bit skinny given the risk it might find trouble at Doomben. It

looks like No.12 Flamenco could be the value runner here. Drawn beautifully in barrier 4 I expect

Colless to have it 3 pairs back on the outside and assuming the pace is good it should work nicely

into the straight and have last crack at them. It’s a good each-way bet especially being a 2yo race.

Selections 12/2/7/8

Suggested bet – each-way No.12 Flamenco ($9 and $3 UBET), saver No.2 Dram of Red

Confidence – 70%

R5 – small group of sprinters going around again. No.5 Tiger Dimejan was injured this week and has

been retired to be served by Better Than Ready, so there goes a heap of speed in the race. Last race

we declared No.1 Rocky King the best on the card, but was he pestered more than expected by No.

3 The Storeman and really didn’t show a lot of ticker in the straight – he also missed the start slightly

which didn’t help. Similar runners going around here with one quality addition in the form of ex

Sydney galloper No.7 Knight Templar. The map should look the same as 2 weeks ago. No.1 Rocky

King will come across from the wide gate and No.3 The Storeman will press up from his inside

barrier. No.2 Seeking More will do a carbon copy of last run and just sit on the fence behind these

two getting the soft run. No.7 Knight Templar should get into the 1-1 if No.6 My Quilter doesn’t

show enough speed. I see no reason why No.2 Seeking More cant repeat last starts effort and at $3

is about the right price. I will be more than ropable if No.1 Rocky King jumps and leads all the way

for a win, but from out wide again we are hopeful it should get the stitch late.

Selections – 2/1/7/3

Suggested bet – win bet No.2 Seeking More ($3 UBET)

Confidence – 90%

R6 – tough race over the mile here for the One Metro Win brigade. No.12 Tracey’s Angel looks to

lead (although no jockey announced yet so it could be a non runner) with the roughie No.17 Union

also coming across. I cant see a lot of moves happening here so some of these more fancied runners

will need to go back from their wide gates or will need to put some speed on. No.15 Lordag looks to

get the box seat on the fence behind the speed and No.6 Budget Bender will get to the 1-1. Another

race lacking speed on so should be a sprint home here. No.15 Lordag looked home for all money last

time out and now he has drawn the right barrier I think he will win it. No.6 Budget Bender wont be

far off. Had No. 9 In The Genes drawn a barrier I would have declared it but I just cant see it getting

into a spot from barrier 17 and don’t think there will be enough pace on for it to come from the tail.

Selections – 15/6/9/12

Suggested Bet – each-way No.15 Lordag – ($5 and $2 UBET)

Confidence – 80%

R7 – good field of runners here over the 1350 Open Handicap. No.12 Faultless Dancer and No.7

Platinum State will both work to the lead and set a decent pace. No.8 Steel Zip should get to the box

seat behind the pace and No.11 Our Boy Nicholas should find the 1-1 with No.1 Riva De Lago on his

back. We backed him a couple of weeks ago with no luck and with slight luck in running I think No.1

Riva De Lago should be winning this. Drawn much better this time, 3kg claimer and a good track as

well. I’m willing to take on the fave here, No.2 Real Surreal, as there are a couple of things against

her. She’s drawn a bit deep so may get posted wide or need to go back. Also, Cahill is not a good

jockey and I have no faith in him getting her into the right spot. She could be a good thing beaten

tomorrow.

Selections – 1/11/8/2

Suggested Bet – No.1 Riva De Lago each-way ($4.80 and $1.95 UBET)

Confidence – 80%

R8 – we finish the day with the 3yo’s. Had No.10 Golden Falls drawn a barrier I would have made it

my best on the card, but we are going to need a bit of luck here. She has drawn 17 but comes into 11

with emergencies out. Colless managed to get her home well from 14 over the T/D last time so he is

certainly capable. She goes back and will need luck and speed on so the $2.60 at the moment looks

really short for my liking but I still think she wins. Be weary of any bias and if its leader dominated

steer clear. She is the best in the race but the barrier is a huge concern. No.3 Elusive Catch was our

best on the card last week but a Paul Hammersley shocker saw her run 3rd. Also drawn wide so we

won’t be on her this week and No.1 Lucky Tom has also drawn wide. He is a go forward horse so I

think he might be able to get to the lead / outside of it by the bend as the speed doesn’t look like it

will be too fierce. Still, those three runners all need luck in running. No.8 Duporth Jack has been

racing super and looks like he should get to a lovely spot in running. Looks to be in career best form

and given the barriers all the other fancied runners have drawn then I would be taking this guy each-

way as well as the favourite. Personally a race I wont get involved in as there are too many good

horses have drawn wide – it just makes for too much uncertainty in the race.

Selections – 10/8/1/18

Suggested bet – win bet No.10 Golden Falls (top tote) and small each-way No.8 Duporth Jack ($21

and $5.50)

Confidence – 50%

Best Bet – R5 No.2 Seeking More

Best Each-Way – R6 No.15 Lordag

Best Roughie – R8 No.8 Duporth Jack

PINCHED! RV stewards issue Moody cobalt charges

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Champion trainer Peter Moody has been charged by Racing Victoria stewards over Lidari’s cobalt positive last Spring.

Moody met RV stewards on Friday morning and he was issued three alternative charges after Lidari returned a swab above the legal cobalt threshold of 200 micrograms per litre of urine following his second placing in the Turnbull Stakes on October 4.
The concentration of cobalt detected was determined by ChemCentre to be 380 micrograms per litre (with a 38 microgram per litre measurement of uncertainty) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory to be 410 micrograms per litre.
Under the Australian Rules of Racing, these are the charges he faces:
1. AR 175(h)(i) – that Mr Moody administered, or caused to be administered, the prohibited substance cobalt for the purpose of affecting the performance of Lidari in the race;

2. AR 175(h)(ii) – that Mr Moody administered, or caused to be administered, the prohibited substance cobalt which was detected in a sample taken from Lidari prior to or following its race;

3. AR 178 – that Mr Moody brought Lidari to race with the prohibited substance cobalt in its system.
“This has been an exhaustive and complex investigation by Racing Victoria’s integrity services team into the sample returned by the Mr Moody-trained Lidari,” said RV Executive General Manager – Integrity Services Dayle Brown.
“The issuing of these charges against Mr Moody means that we have now completed the investigative phase into the elevated cobalt samples returned by horses from four Victorian stables.
“Mr Moody, like the trainers from the other three stables, will have the opportunity to defend the charges brought against him before the independent RAD Board and we hope that this can occur at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Last month, RV stewards issued a total of 49 cobalt-related charges against trainers Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh and father-son team Lee and Shannon Hope, as well as vet Tom Brennan.
No date has been set for any of those hearings yet.

BONFIRE!! Best of the Day salutes!

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Best Bet of the day Bonfire has won the Grafton Cup returning a terrific $6.50 top fluc. Our mail on the horse was spot on and we hope you had a collect too!

Ramornie win continues “White Hot” Run

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Mitch Fentonwww.weekendking.com.au

Gold Coast’s premier jockey Chris Whiteley’s terrific 2014/2015 racing season went to another level yesterday at Grafton, winning the time-honoured $152,000 Ramornie Handicap aboard the Liam Birchley trained Rock Royalty.

The win was Whiteley’s 4th career stakes win, and 2nd for the season and it was a gem of a ride – that is at least in the eye’s of Rock Royalty’s backers and connections – after Whiteley who had drawn gate 15 of 16 was able to give the 6-year-old son of Elusive City the run of the race, crossing down from the horror gate to sit just off leader Rocket To Glory in what was a hot tempo. Whiteley got the horse to settle perfectly in a lovely trailing position and nursed it right up around the turn perfectly, before hitting the go button at the furlong pole, and sending Rock Royalty home for a convincing win.

It looked a ‘ peach ‘, a ‘ 10 outta 10 ‘…. but Racing NSW deputy chief steward Greg Rudolph who was officiating at the meeting made the huge (& in my opinion totally outlandish) declaration that Whiteley had caused “the worst interference ever seen”, when crossing the field from the outside draw.

“Golden Slipper’s are cleaner than this” Rudolph reprimanded Whiteley.

Whiteley was flabbergasted by the statement. Labelling it as “bullshit”!

“If you watch the race you barely can see the interference. Jockeys Colless and Schoefield said they were hampered, but never lost any ground.”

“It was (Stephen) Traecey who checked, but in my opinion it wasn’t drastic” Whiteley said.

“I put my hands up and just surrendered when Mr. Rudolph wanted to carry on, but I told him what I thought of his opinion”.

Whiteley instructed me, “Watch the replay. You will have to watch it a few times before you see any action unfold”. I did so, and couldn’t disagree one bit with the statement, with any interference clearly looking to be minor.

 

(ROCK ROYALTY RACES IN MAROON SILKS WITH THE WHITE CAP)

 

Whiteley was swiftly warned not to address stewards in such a manner and was told his behavior could warrant further charges.

Whiteley later apologised to Rudolph before being charged with careless riding and was suspended for nine meetings, to add to a $2000 fine.

It couldn’t do much to dampen Whiteley’s joy after the big country feature race win though, adding to what has been one of the esteemed provincial jockey’s best racing season’s in a 25+ year riding career.

Last December Whiteley scored his first Group race win ever, winning the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes on Less Ross’ two year old Mishani Honcho. He also partnered the horse in Sydney during “The Championships” when it ran in the Group 1 Sire’s Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick and he admitted not only did it give him “exposure” on a larger scale but it gave his confidence “a huge boost”.

Whiteley is also an odds-on favorite to take out his 4th Gold Coast Jockey’s premiership, “It wasn’t a target at the start of the year but I’ll give it a crack, it’d certainly be nice to win another one if I do”.

Jockey’s Premierships and Group winners were a mile far-afield when Whiteley won his first ever race aboard Snobbery at Bathurst on the 23rd March 1991, but the now married, father of two has come along way on and off the track since then.

When asked to nominate a career highlight & the best horse he’s ridden, the decision on both counts was an easy one.

“Amex is the best I’ve ridden & the day he won the Magic Millions Cup, was just a great day, a clear career highlight”.

At 41, Whiteley still has plenty of good rides left in the kit bag in the years to come and it’s great to finally see a very much ‘under-rated’ hoop starting to get better and better riding opportunities, as he can match it with the best of them on his day.