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I think retirement beckons for Slowpoke
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I could hardly get over the commentators' outpouring of sympathyfor 'poor' Tommy Sadler & his frustration in missing out on the ride in a $100k race Angry
Not one mention of the owners' cost & disappointment at having come so close but missing out thru' no fault of theirs or their trainer!

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Originally posted by SkyDancer SkyDancer wrote:

I think retirement beckons for Slowpoke

I’m sure Patrick & Dummy will assess & make the best call.

His 3 flat runs this time in were great, so thought he’d be in for a super prep over the jumps.

He is lightly raced & only a 9yo, so if there is a little niggle he can spell and be back next year.
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Ventura Storm down to debut at Ballarat improve

Surprised to see Slowpoke Rodriguez going around again... he has had enough. Hopefully the Stewards step in and stop it before he ends up as a statistic 
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Meant to say Ventura Storm, should improve with racing.
Trials have been okay, looks as though he will benefit from the experience 
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Ventura Storm could be competing for a Grand National Hurdle for new owners in just six weeks with confirmation the import is to be offered for sale online by William Inglis from this Friday.

Off the back of a European Group 1 win as a younger horse and a Moonee Valley Cup win in 2018, Ventura Storm was sent out a $1.70 favourite at his jumping debut at Ballarat on Tuesday and despite laboring in the Heavy 10 ground, he proved too classy.

The effort prompted his rider Tom Ryan to claim Ventura Storm might be capable of going from his hurdling debut to a Grand National in the space of six weeks.

"There's a bright future for him," the rider said on Wednesday. "To be honest with you, off a light weight, he might be a Grand National Hurdle horse, even this year.

"It's a big ask for a novice but he jumps very well - he jumps like a handicapper - and you generally get better ground at Sandown because he did not like that going on Tuesday at all."


The Inglis online bloodstock sale takes place from June 19 to June 24, with nominations closing at midnight on Wednesday.

The mixed sale features thoroughbred bloodstock of all shapes and sizes with the likes of Group 3-placed two-year-old filly Jemss and the lightly raced gelding Deep Space among the main attractions from the early nominations.

It is likely six-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams will also sell a handful of horses at the auction.

Ryan, who is among the state's leading jumps riders, may have been involved with the sale of Ventura Storm if not for the pandemic, as he was part of the workforce at Inglis Digital before being laid off.

The $250,000 Grand National Hurdle (4200m) will be run at Sandown on August 2.


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Two Rivers Steeplechase day at Casterton today.

A couple in the maiden hurdle that i like:

R1 - Tony Two Chips : 8yo by Raise the Flag, whos even progeny excel over the jumps......plus I like the name :)

R2 - Steam Roller : 4yo by Americain who was working into the race nicely last time before tripping up.  Ill give him another chance today.

As for the feature race, Shamal looks good despite the 74kg burden & Im sure hed have tackled live hedges back in NZ
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Why is an all jumps meeting given a Saturday timeslot?

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Originally posted by SkyDancer SkyDancer wrote:

Why is an all jumps meeting given a Saturday timeslot?

Strange question SD.  Why not?

The early part of the Caulfield card today was very lacklustre, so it was great to have Casterton to bet on.

I had a nice collect on Shamal, couldnt believe he wasnt favourite! And great to see a son of Zabeel winning in Aust.

Tony Two Chips put in a tidy debut running 3rd & follow him as there will definately be a maiden hurdle around for him at his next few starts.
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Little to no coverage between races, on an already very cluttered Saturdays schedule. Thought the jumps wouldve been better programmed on a Sunday as per usual. Thats just my thoughts though.
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You could both be right.  Quite clearly race meetings are allocated to racing clubs long before programming of the subsequent cards. 

It's unlikely clubs like Casterton could, or even would, attempt to influence RVL about a day here or there.  Particularly given they only have just four meetings per year and would be at pains to ensure that number continues into the future.

ps if you're into jumping races, Western District clubs like Warrnambool, Casterton and Hamilton etc should be congratulated for continuing to wave the flag. 
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The Hotz Jumped the ninth obstacle awkwardly. Made a faulty jump at the last obstacle and fell. The Hotz sustained a serious racing injury and was unable to be saved by veterinary staff after falling. This incident will be referred to the Equine Welfare and Veterinary Department and the Jumps Review Panel
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after the 2016 season he had  near two year spell, raced 5 times, had another two year spell, came back in April, changed trainer to Musgrove and died in his first start for the trainer, and first jumps race in two years.

Thats just sad.
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I remember him from when he was at Moroneys , would be about 6 years ago now. Was a lovely horse, sad to see him go out like that.
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R2 - Hierarchical : super consistent & deserves to break through 

R4 - Killarney Kid : first hurdle run this year but 2 flat runs were very, very good in open Saturday metro races.

R5 - Flying Agent : by Raise the Flag & loves the mud. Should win comfortably over a mediocre lot.

R6 - Bit of a Lad : goes well over this course & another who loves the heavy conditions
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Flying Agent is a smart jumper, just like his older brother - Spying on You
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Three out of 4 ain't bad.  Thumbs Up
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Geez that chaser Bit of a lad is a tough horse!  Seems to run honestly in all the feature jumps races every year for the past few years.
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Well placed by Maher/Eustace, doesnt over race him.
Hes the perfect jumps horse 
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Originally posted by SkyDancer SkyDancer wrote:

Flying Agent is a smart jumper, just like his older brother - Spying on You
He sure is SD.  

Spying on You is by Yamanin Vital & Flying Agent by Raise The Flag.  Both stallions from White Robe Lodge.

Fair to say that that baton of champion jumps sire has been passed from Yamanin Vital to Raise the Flag.
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Belated start to the NZ jumps racing season today with 3 hurdle races & a Steeplechase.

The most fascinating runner is the reigning Victorian GN Hurdle/Steeple winner resuming - Tallyho Twinkletoe.

He goes around in a 2400m hurdle at 8.49am Aust time.  Interesting theyve chosen the 2400m hurdle rather than the 3000m event.   A good performance will see him on the plane to Victoria to defend his titles.
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Great race card at Pakenham today. Some really tough races but here goes:

R1 - Wolfe Tone: was promising as a 3yo stayer, makes hurdle debut & stable has been going well recent months

R2 - Tony Two Chips: good on debut & by premier jumps stallion Raise the Flag

R3 - Infinite Reign: not far from Ventura Storm last time & by the mighty Zabeel.  Races in Jim Houlahans old colours.

R4 - Tallyho Twinkletoe: the champ is back, enough said!

R5 - Slowpoke Rodriguez: not confident but hes on his last Chance with me 

R6 - Flying Agent: up & coming star of the sport, and another by Raise the Flag.

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Nice find in the first, went with the wrong Raise The Flag in Race 2 though Tongue
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Felix Bay and Tallyho Twinkletoe in the features on top me 

Flying Agent best of the day 
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Great days punting - 6 tips, 3 wins, 1 second & 1 third.

Id been waiting 12 months for Wolfe Tone to go hurdling & he didnt disappoint on debut, at juicy odds.

Although I wasnt on him, it was great to see old Tony Rosolini win with Sollevare.  Discarded by OTI, Tony will have some fun with him over the next few years.

Tallyho Twinkletoe is well on track to defend his GN Hurdle & Steeple titles, but the other Kiwi, Bee Tee Junior is certainly a promising new challenger.

Glad I gave Slowpoke Rodriguez one last chance today.  Hes promised to win a feature race over the years, so really happy for the horse thats hes finally got the Mosstrooper on his resume.

Flying Agent was disappointing running 2nd today, but still think hell be a topliner in the future.

Cant wait for the GN meetings at Sandown & Ballarat next month.
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Ihaka breaks Aussie maiden

JamesTzaferis 19 July, 2020

Winner winner, chicken dinner.

That's what Tony Ihaka was thinking after he notched a breakthrough Australian success on Sunday with a popular victory aboard emerging hurdler Wolfe Tone at Pakenham.

Ihaka, the former New Zealand jumps jockey who returned to race riding in May after more than six years off the scene, said he'd just tucked into a bucket of fried chicken when trainer Francis Finnegan called to book him for Sunday's ride.

He said it was a relief to finally open his Australian account. 

"I've been schooling Wolfe Tone for a few years now and a couple of weeks ago Francis rang me - I was at the KFC drive-through actually getting a couple of buckets of chicken - and he asked how my weight was," Ihaka said.

"I looked at the KFC bucket and said it won't be too bad after this.

"It's my first win over here, thank god, it's good to shake that monkey off my back.

"It meant a lot that one, especially with Wolfe Tone, he did it all out there himself.

"I steered the ship and he sailed the sails." 

Ihaka rode 40 winners in New Zealand between 2003 and 2014 but his career was plagued by a series of injuries and suspensions.

Since moving to Australia, he's ridden trackwork at Cranbourne and, more recently, Pakenham where he is based with champion trainer Peter Moody. 


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Exciting days jumps racing ahead at Sandown today.  Really looking forward to the Tallyho Twinkletoe versus Ablaze in the GN Hurdle.   Shades of Sir Agrifo vs Sharp As in the same race in 1989.

Lets go with some tips:

R1 - highly competitive race and any one of 6 or 7 could win this.  I had a great win on Wolfe Tone last time but think THE STATESMAN is the sleeper here. Hes getting fitter, in a great stable & won his only hurdle start back in the UK.

R2 - Ill stick with the champ TALLYHO TWINKLETOE.  Proven commodity with a big motor under the bonnet.  Whilst 73.5kg seems a big burden, the limit weight is 66kg, compared to 60kg back in Sir Agrifo/Sharp As days

R3 - whilst Slowpoke Rodriguez is one of my favourites, Ill have to jump onto FELIX BAY.  He was finishing powerfully at Pakenham last time, which had back me next time written all over him.

Good luck to all.....great to see jumps racing on a metro track ??
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Ablaze is an absolute beast.
Tallyho blew it at the last, but even if he had of made it over I dont think he wouldve caught him

Sollevare was impressive coming out of a maiden, he is one to follow next season.
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Bee tee Junior charged home. Got too far back
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Despite missing the mark on the punting front, 3 great races today.

Race 1 - Wolfe Tone is a really promising hurdler.  Will be interesting to see if hes tested out in the JJ Houlahan Hdl at Ballarat in 3 weeks or put him away for a crack at feature races next year.

Race 2 - Ablaze is a beast, wonderful performance.  Tallyho Twinkletoe was looming large before bungling the last, I think he would have made it interesting if he didnt make that mistake.  And kudos to Gobstopper, been campaigning since the summer & still racing well. 

Race 3 - Nice to see Slowpoke Rodriguez win back to back feature races after several seasons of under achievement.  Patrick Payne really is a superb trainer, revising his training regime after a few lacklustre runs & getting winning results.
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