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September 21, 2018: Racing Victoria Limited: Alexander in the clear


Wheal Leisure and Spanner Head have been given the green light to line up at Caulfield on Saturday after Racing Victoria officially lifted the quarantine restrictions on Archie Alexander's Ballarat stables.

Swabs taken from all of Alexander's horses on Thursday came back clear on Friday, with no signs of the strangles virus that sent the yard into lockdown three weeks ago.

Restrictions on horse movement in and out of the stable meant that Alexander was forced to exercise his horses on a treadmill for the best part of a fortnight, with access granted in the last week for him to transport horses to nearby Burrumbeet for gallops.

From Saturday, all Alexander-trained horses in his Ballarat stables will be permitted to access Ballarat for trackwork and he's free to accept in races across the state.

A small group of horses that had shown positive results on blood tests had previously been moved from Alexander's stables to isolated locations away from Ballarat Racecourse and remain under quarantine and awaiting further testing.

Several of the stable's pin-up horses are set to race over the coming week, with progressive three-year-old Mirette dual nominated at Flemington on Wednesday and talented stayer Lord Fandango likely to chase back-to-back Benalla Gold Cup wins on Friday.






Racing Victoria Limited operates as a thoroughbred racing club in Victoria. The company develops, encourages, promotes, and manages the conduct of the racing of thoroughbred horses. It also provides services to patrons, punters, and other customers; and entertainment to audience. Racing Victoria Limited was incorporated in 2001 and is based in Flemington, Australia.


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September 21: Racing Victoria Limited: MRC launches live track info

Racing fans are now able to obtain live information on the all-important track and weather variables at all Melbourne Racing Club meetings with the introduction of the club's Track Management Intelligence system.

Caulfield track manager Jason Kerr said on Friday that the TMI system would allow racing followers to access real-time weather and track updates.

"The aim of it is instead of giving out a track report at six (o'clock) in the morning and that's the latest information we get all day, it continually updates every 15 minutes on temperature, on wind direction, wind speed and it also lets you track the soil moisture during the day," Kerr said.

"We've been developing it for the past three or four months, but it is running live tomorrow."

The rail is out nine metres for the pivotal MRC Foundation Cup meeting and Kerr said he expected the track will play fairly.

"It's essentially what I call fresh ground. You can find a few scuff marks in the straight but they are superficial and make no difference," he said.

"Certainly down the side and on the corner, it's a brand new cut of grass. The grass has really started to take off the last fortnight so it's probably a little bit better condition than it was three weeks ago.

"We couldn't be happier with it."

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September 09: Racing Victoria Limited: Arc champion returns a winner

Last season's spectacular Arc heroine Enable returned in style from an 11-month absence to leave King George runner-up Crystal Ocean in her wake in Saturday night's G3 September Stakes (2400m) and earn a quote of 9-4 ($3.25) to defend her crown at Longchamp on October 7.

Enable, a five-time Group 1 winner last year, looked well up for it in the preliminaries and was full of it on the way to post, but that did not put off punters who backed her in to 8-15 ($1.53) minutes before the off.

After the morning absence of pacemaker and stablemate Weekender, Frankie Dettori took the initiative on the Khalid Abdullah-owned four-year-old, who showed the way at a decent clip to Crystal Ocean in the early stages.

Turning for home, he pushed the button at the two-furlong pole and surged clear of Sir Michael Stoute's colt to score cosily by three and a half lengths without resorting to the whip.

Trainer John Gosden said: "I was confident Enable would do that today as she's high class. That was a nice race for both horses if you're having a prep for an Arc and it was good to see Enable back, as it's been a long wait.

"She'll come on for that as she was only 80 per cent fit - 85 at a stretch - but she's in a good place mentally and she's enjoyed it. It's been very frustrating for her, as it has for us, especially when she's seen the other horses going out on the Heath."

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September 05: Racing Victoria Limited: RV assists with horse death investigation

Racing Victoria has confirmed it assisted with an ongoing Macedon Ranges Council investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a large number of dead horses on a property near Romsey, north of Melbourne.

It is believed the horses - estimated to be between 75 and 100 of mixed breeds and ages - were euthanised via humane means by their owners or vets elsewhere before being disposed of at the property.

RV issued the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

"Macedon Ranges Shire Council are conducting an ongoing investigation around a property north of Romsey where between 75 and 100 dead horses of various breeds were found in varying states of decomposition," the statement read.

"Racing Victoria and RSPCA Victoria assisted Council in their preliminary investigations, however, are no longer actively involved. RSPCA Victoria found no evidence of cruelty.

"Council are working with the property owner to ensure the proper disposal of the remains and have instructed the property owner not to collect any further dead stock."

It was also confirmed that the owner of the property is not a registered person under the Australian rules of racing.

Both RV and the RSCPA came under fire in April 2016 following the discovery of dozens of dead and starving horses at a property in Bulla owned by a licensed trainer, Bruce Akers, who was later convicted on animal cruelty charges.

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September 03: Racing Victoria Limited: Kah wins fourth John Letts Medal

Jamie Kah was the toast of South Australian thoroughbred racing on Saturday night, winning her fourth John Letts Medal at the 2018 SA Thoroughbred Racing Industry Awards.

The 22-year-old has now won the prestigious gong for two years running, fresh off a season that saw her ride 139 winners in the state, including 63 in town.

Kah was humbled by the award, and also took out the Glennon-Johnson Award for top SA metropolitan jockey, UBET South Australian Provincial and Country Jockey of the Year, and South Australian Jockey of the Year.

"To have my name sitting alongside the legends of South Australian racing is truly an honour," Kah said.

"I am extremely proud of my achievements and the fact that I am part of racing history.

"I want to thank everyone who helped and supported me throughout my career. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here."

Clare Lindop was formally inducted into the SA Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, along with owner/breeder Harry Perks, who bred more than 100 stakes winners, while Redelva - who won the 1990 VRC Lightning Stakes/1991 MVRC William Reid Stakes/SAJC Spring Stakes three times (1988-90) - also entered the Hall of Fame

Raquel Clark was honoured as champion apprentice in SA, and also in metro company, while Tony McEvoy took home the CS Hayes Award as 2017-18 SA Trainer of the Year (as well as SA Metropolitan Trainer of the Year).

Group 1 winner Viddora was crowned SA Champion Racehorse of the Year, while Kayla Crowther won the Caitlin Forrest South Australian Provincial and Country Apprentice of the Year.

Grant Young took out the UBET South Australian Provincial and Country Trainer of the Year, while the Strathalbyn Racing Club won the Most Outstanding Achievement by a Club. Source: Company Website

August 29: Racing Victoria Limited: Room for more than one winner out of Memsie

Few Victorian races have risen in stature like the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes has in the past five years.

That might sound a little silly given champions Phar Lap, Ajax, Eurythmic, Tranquil Star, Comic Court, Rising Fast, Galilee and Manikato adorn the honour roll, but its status has risen markedly of late.

It wasn't that long ago that little distinguished it and the P.B. Lawrence Stakes. In 2012, both were Group 2, 1400-metre weight-for-age events carrying $220,000 in prizemoney run at Caulfield.

A fortnight ago the G2 Lawrence was run for $200,000; this Saturday the Memsie Stakes will be run for $1 million and carry Group 1 status, which it attained in 2013.

It therefore remains appealing to trainers of horses eyeing much bigger targets deeper in spring, but is now also firmly on the radar for some of Australia's bona fide sprinting guns.

Since becoming a G1 event it has been won by all-round superstar Atlantic Jewel, a subsequent Australian Horse of the Year in Dissident, five-time G1 winners Boban and Black Heart Bart, plus Vega Magic, who followed his win last year with an unlucky second placing in the inaugural edition of The Everest.

Bart and Vega return on Saturday, hoping to become the 11th multiple winners and first since Sunline in 2000/01.

As he did last year, Vega Magic will start favourite and, also like last year, he goes in a last-start winner having demolished a field including subsequent G3 Aurie's Star Handicap winner Voodoo Lad in the G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).

Black Heart Bart, who finished second to Vega Magic last year, is looking to break a 10-race, 18-month run of outs.

The jury is out on whether he remains a force at this level, but the eight-year-old had a genuine excuse (lame) in the Lawrence Stakes and again has been nominated by Darren Weir as the best of his team.

G1-winning Sydney entire Kementari, who remains in the Everest discussion despite two defeats to start his four-year-old season, and Lawrence Stakes winner Showtime add to the sprinting depth.

There is also the ever-improving Happy Clapper, who probably shouldn't be getting any sharper at eight years of age, but did win the G1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) first-up last campaign.

He followed that victory with a second to Winx in the G1 George Ryder (1500m), G1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) success and a third placing in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), again won by Winx.

The champion mare aside, that is about as good a formline as any horse in the country.

Their presence makes it tougher for Australian Guineas winner Grunt, who was adequate in the Lawrence Stakes but lacked the late zip of his rivals.

August 20: Racing Victoria Limited: Sea King wins dramatic Grand National

Twelve-year-old Sea King chased down Spying On You in the final stride of a drama-filled running of the E-Cycle Solutions Grand National Steeplechase (4500m) at Sportsbet-Ballarat on Sunday.

The bid of a fairytale fourth Grand National for the Kathryn Durden-trained Wells was thwarted at just the third of the 16 obstacles when he unseated his hoop Richie Cully.

Crisp Steeplechase winner Excellent Rhythm strung the field out once more as he did at Sandown but he wasn't able to last out the marathon trip this time around, with the home straight leaving it a race in three - Spying On You, Monarch Chimes and Sea King.

The Grant Young-trained Spying On You, partnered by NZ hoop Aaron Kuru, had seen off the Kiwi galloper Monarch Chimes, but the Patrick Payne-trained Sea King - who fell late in last year's race when challenging Wells - had his day on Sunday.

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Champion jumps jockey Steven Pateman provided the winning ride, and was emotional in the immediate aftermath after denying Kuru, Young and Spying On You victory in the shadows of the post.

"I'm sorry about Wells - that's the game," Pateman said, a tip of the cap to the champion.

"I just felt like I was going to get there, but he's so difficult to ride out.

"I'm bloody rapt. He's a champion horse.

"I'm so grateful to Kevin Myers and Patrick Payne.

"He puts so much confidence in you, rings you a couple of days before the race and gives instructions and gives you a couple of days to think about it.

"Some people ask if I'm going to retire, so it's good to get a big one, and on him, I won a Grand National Hurdle on him a few years ago."

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August 15: Racing Victoria Limited: Dee wins, cops 10 meetings

Michael Dee experienced a mixed finish to Wednesday's Sandown card when he was victorious but suspended out of the final race of the day.

Dee partnered Lady Of Flanders to her third win from just six starts in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1300m), but was hauled in by stewards for an incident at the 1000m.

The Group 1-winning rider was charged for careless riding after shifting in on Dwayne Dunn's mount Josephine Sea, which in turn interfered with the Luke Currie-ridden Necessary.

Dee pleaded guilty to the charge, which stewards deemed to be in the mid-range and subsequently hit him with a 10-meeting ban.

It will commence after Saturday's Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) meeting, at which he will ride the Mick Price-trained galloper in the feature event, and expire on August 28.

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August 11: Racing Victoria Limited: Girls' team wins Shergar Cup

The Girls' anthem for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday was 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves', and Josephine Gordon, Hayley Turner and Hollie Doyle did just that as they were crowned team champions, with Turner winning the individual title.

The Girls amassed 76 points, six more than Europe, with Turner winning the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle trophy with 39 points.

Turner said: "It's brilliant, I can't really believe it, it's massive. I've been coming to the Shergar Cup for 12 years now and it's a very special day.

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"The progression of female jockeys is something that's really being pushed and discussed, and this is a fine example of how well girls can do in racing."

She continued: "It's been a fantastic day. The whole family is here and they're having the best day ever.

"It was Alistair Haggis who got me on to the team 12 years ago - he really pushed for me, so I think he's up there looking down on me."

Team captain Josephine Gordon reflected: "Today proves that girls are better than boys! It's brilliant to compete against the best jockeys in the world.

"Today's been really good fun and it's one of the best days of the year. We've thoroughly enjoyed our day and it's great to win."

She added: "Shergar Cup day is a bit more of a relaxed day. People have more fun in the weighing room and it is more of a family day out.

"It's back to reality tomorrow as I'm at Windsor, but I'm on a bit of a high right now."

Doyle, who partnered Tis Marvellous to victory in the opener, was equally delighted to be part of the winning team.

"It's been an amazing afternoon," she said. "It was a very close finish but I'm delighted we've won."

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Girls 76

Europe 70

Rest of the World 48

Great Britain & Ireland 46


August 08: Racing Victoria Limited: Bendigo abandoned, Horsham meeting added

A new meeting has been added to the racing schedule in Victoria with Horsham to host an eight-race card next Tuesday.

Racing Victoria said the creation of the Horsham meeting is to help assist those who have been impacted by the abandonment of Wednesday's Bendigo card after 21mm of rain fell overnight and left surface water on the track.

Those who were due to run at Bendigo but missed an opportunity due to the bad weather have also been given the option of being entered as extended entries for races at Moe on Saturday, plus Cranbourne and Wodonga on Sunday.

Tuesday's meeting at Horsham will run alongside the synthetic meeting at Geelong, with nominations for the Horsham meeting to close at 3pm on Thursday and acceptances taken at 11:15am on Friday.

"It was unfortunate that today's meeting at Bendigo could not go ahead as planned due to the impacts of heavy overnight rain, however, we are pleased to advise that an additional turf meeting has been scheduled at Horsham on Tuesday," said RV's Paul Bloodworth.

"We have explored several options today to accommodate those horses impacted by the Bendigo abandonment and wish to thank the Horsham Racing Club for their assistance in taking on this additional meeting at short notice."

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August 07: Racing Victoria Limited: Bendigo race meeting abandoned

Wednesday's 10-race program scheduled for Bendigo has been abandoned due to being deemed unsuitable for racing following overnight and continuing rain.

The track was rated a Soft 7 at 4pm yesterday but received 21mm of rain overnight which has left concerns with surface water.

No decision has yet been made from Racing Victoria as to whether there will be any changes made to the upcoming racing schedule to accommodate the 115 horse that remained engaged to run at the Bendigo meeting.

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