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Kilmore Off Colour Yet Again

Kilmore Off Colour Yet Again

13 Dec, 2011

In what must seem like a never ending story for the Kilmore Racing Club the circuit has once again failed to stand up to scrutiny.

Kilmore Racecourse was due to be back in action last month but the rescheduled date of next Tuesday has now also been scrapped.

The track has now stood dormant for …

Rodder cleared to ride – RAD board decision

Rodder cleared to ride – RAD board decision

1 Dec, 2011

The untenable stance held by Racing Victoria stewards concerning the Talia Rodder case has been unsurprisingly quashed by the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board today.

The aged apprentice is clear to ride after the RAD board ruled her ride on Serene Tanie at Moonee Valley on November 19 was an error of judgment.

Stewards …

Victorian Jockeys Association Criticises Rodder Ruling

Victorian Jockeys Association Criticises Rodder Ruling

24 Nov, 2011

Victorian Jockeys Assossiation chief Des O’Keefe has lashed out against a ruling made by stewards against apprentice jockey Talia Rodder today.

27-year-old Rodder was suspended for six weeks after stewards found her guilty of not giving her mount, Serene Tanie, every possible winning chance at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

Stewards deemed Serene Tanie set a …

Opposition Grows Against Jockey’s Safety Vests

Opposition Grows Against Jockey’s Safety Vests

18 Jul, 2011

Victorian jockeys have stepped up their opposition to the controversial safety vests and have called on the Australian Racing Board to conduct a full review.

Chief executive of the Victorian jockey’s association Des O’Keefe says he has an appointment in the second week of August with his counterpart on the ARB, Andrew Harding.

“A number …

Gauci Suffers Suspected Back Fracture In Mornington Race Fall

Gauci Suffers Suspected Back Fracture In Mornington Race Fall

29 Jun, 2011

Jockey Darren Gauci is believed to have sustained a compressed fracture in his lower back after a race fall at Mornington yesterday

Jockey Darren Gauci is currently recovering in hospital after suffering head and neck injuries after a race fall at Mornington Racecourse yesterday.

Gauci was taken to the Frankston Hospital after his mount sharply …

Jockeys Call For Minimum Weight Rise

Jockeys Call For Minimum Weight Rise

17 May, 2011

Jockeys are outraged after discovering that the national stewards’ conference held last week has postponed a rise in the weight scale.

There has been a recent call from jockeys to rethink the minimum weights in races in order to allow them to be able to ride without needing to starve themselves.

Victorian Jockeys Association chief …

Apprentice Jockey Suffers Horror Fall

Apprentice Jockey Suffers Horror Fall

8 May, 2011

Apprentice jockey Jake Noonan has suffered a bad fall at Flemington

Leading apprentice jockey Jake Noonan has suffered a horror fall during the final race of the day at Flemington yesterday.

The young jockey was riding Lee Freedman’s Safe in the 1,200 metre Veolia Environmental Services Handicap when the horse fell 200 metres from home.…

Horse Dies In First Race Of Warrnambool’s Jumps Carnival

Horse Dies In First Race Of Warrnambool’s Jumps Carnival

3 May, 2011

Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival has witnessed horror start, with a horse dying after falling in the first race of the day.

Shine The Armour was the victim of a shocking race fall that occurred at the second last jump of the 3,200 metre Maiden Hurdle.

The horse’s jockey, Michelle Hagley, was taken to Warrnambool Base …