Tough crowd: Dundeel’s win in the Rosehill Guineas hasn’t convinced everyone. Photo: Jenny EvansJockeys “lairising” is a problem, says Ray Murrihy, the Racing NSW chief steward, referring to their antics before and after the finish when winning races.
Stewards grilled Brenton Avdulla following his success on Arinosa in the Birthday Card Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. “He was making gestures to the crowd,” Murrihy said, but the stipes didn’t take any action.
Murrihy says jockeys are attempting to “outdo” each other with their antics after scoring.
For instance, James McDonald, 22, stood high and briefly took his hands off the reins when notching an effortless victory on It’s A Dundeel in the Rosehill Guineas. ”It was his first breach,” Murrihy said regarding a light fine of $400 for the New Zealander.
Glen Boss is a serial offender, his last slug was $1000. His spectacular saddle exploits became part of the Sydney scene before he moved to Melbourne, where some are taking offence, judging by letters to the Winning Post. “Perhaps it is accepted in Hong Kong, but in my opinion the negatives outweigh the positives,” Murrihy said. “Jockeys have come down and there has been severe interference after the winning post from loss of control.”
Well, why is it getting worse?HOUSE TROUBLE
Even Victoria’s lighter assessments for imports would not have helped Carlton House, in the Ajax Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
Alas, he’s not the right type for Australian conditions. It wasn’t weight that stopped him, but hoof or leg problems.
Meanwhile, Jet Away, a $300,000 buy, scored again at Caulfield, taking advantage of the lenience extended down there to those coming off overseas form.
Chris Waller also took advantage of the situation with Rugged Cross in a benchmark 82 at Sandown (Hillside) on Wednesday. Rugged Cross was having his first start since running second at Pontefract, Britain, in a listed, weight-for age race in July last year. Waller had given him two barrier trials in Sydney.
Wise guys figured he would have been handicapped with three kilos more in a similar race in NSW. On reflection, Carlton House, owned by the Queen, should have been treated with caution.
Overseas class doesn’t always convert to Australian conditions. Also, barrier manners and a reasonably clean break at the start often come against foreign entires. Carlton House didn’t barrier trial, which should have been a warning sign. Julienas, his stablemate, trained by Gai Waterhouse, and successful in the Manion Cup, is a more effective type.BEIRNE DISAGREES
New Zealander It’s A Dundeel made the Rosehill Guineas opposition look very common indeed on Saturday, but surely it was a substandard eight-horse field. Still, Betfair’s Dom Beirne indicated it was “the highest rated since 1996, when Octagonal beat Saintly, Nothin’ Leica Dane and Filante and It’s A Dundeel now has an overall IWS rating three lengths ahead of his Derby rival, Fiveandahalfstar”. Consider last year when Laser Hawk downed Ocean Park and Silent Achiever with Ambidexter, Hoylonny, Merlin Mustang and Sangster included in the also-rans. Incidentally, Ambidexter is a half-brother to Sidestep, which triumphed in Saturday’s Pago Pago.EASTER GRIPE
“Curmudgeon” (someone considered bad tempered, disagreeable and stubborn) was the one-word message from Jan Woolard, regarding my reference about about the switch from Royal Randwick on Easter Saturday, and who could argue? About 10,000 went to Rosehill on Saturday for what was once the biggest racing attendance in Sydney. Possibly the most curmudgeonly complaint of the afternoon came from a legal man. “The betting ring is now a beer garden,” His Honour said regarding table and chairs plus boozing in what was once a prized area for the punt. Chairs are required for aged legs because once-great stayers now need respite like a boxer between rounds.ROY THE BOY
Roy Horton, 91, was at Rosehill on Saturday for the running of the Darby Munro Stakes. Munro was regarded by him as Australia’s greatest jockey and Horton rode against the best, including George Moore. Horton was educated at Kensington Public School, which turned out fine scholars (including yours truly) and was in the same class as Lionel Bowen and Lionel Murphy, who went on to leave their mark in politics. Young Roy got better marks.HORSE TO FOLLOW
Try Keith’s Legacy in the last at Randwick on Monday. Maybe the gelding was only 10th to Altered Boy over the Rosehill 1200 metres on March 2 but he was checked near the 800m and 200m.DISAPPOINTING
Two strong fancies came down with the thumps at Rosehill: Sea Siren, easing at $6.50, ended up eighth in The Galaxy, while Crafty Irna, the $4.40 favourite, was seventh in the Epona Stakes.
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