Harness Racing

HE is as comfortable calling and hosting sporting events as he is broadcasting races. You name a sport and it’s a pretty fair bet MATTHEW HILL has been behind the microphone at the scene of the action. Only last month, an English commentator was sought to call the World Floorball Championships (a form of ice hockey) in the Baltic Republic of Latvia and Hill got the gig. For the past week or so, he has been the voice of Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park, introducing the tennis players prior to their matches at the Australian Open and then interviewing the winners.

04/08/16 After much consideration following a recent medical assessment, which cast a shadow about my current state of health, even though I felt good in myself, I have made the …

03/08/16 When one thoroughbred racing season ended and another started last Monday there was understandably a plethora of positive press about all the warm and fuzzy stories surrounding which respective …

28/06/16 The course proper at Eagle Farm last Saturday has come in for plenty of criticism both on the day and subsequently, but there were other sad aspects of the …

08/06/16 There’s a once in the history of Brisbane thoroughbred racing, which is an event unfolding over the next three days when we see the Lightning Handicap and the Stradbroke …

12/05/16 Next Saturday is BTC Cup day at Doomben and these days the race is a Group 1 event worth $500,000 in total prizemoney. The race has been afforded Group …

04/05/16 In recent weeks on this website I researched the results of trainers that are at the top of the Brisbane trainers premiership ladder. The form guide in last Friday’s …

29/03/16 After last Saturday’s Rosehill Group 1 The BMW meeting I’ve reached the conclusion that fining jockeys for overuse of the whip is pretty much a total waste of time. …

24/03/16 Of all the aspects of racing there are two that never cease to amaze me. The first one is advertising via race names. What a total waste of money …

10/03/16 In Part 1 of this two part story yesterday I looked at how TABs and racing administrators are pretty much useless at coming up with new and innovative racing …

09/03/16 Forget optimism and pessimism, if one is simply a realist as I am, it’s very easy to stand back and smell the roses and accept that the way things …

20/01/16 When his eyes closed for the final time last week, the Queensland harness racing lost a man whose amazing ability to research and write stories will live on throughout …

21/01/16 In yesterday’s Justracing website story on the sad passing of harness racing author Raymond Lowndes – whose funeral is on at 2pm today – he’d advised that opening night …

31/12/15 As this is the last story that will go up on this website until next Monday (4/1/16) when rails bookmaker Lindsay Gallagher’s betting ring report from the Caloundra meeting …

30/12/15 As was exclusively advised by Justracing back at the start of 2015, ironically not long before the racing industry was blown apart by sickening Four Corners television footage, “animal …

11/12/15 As today is 11 December we only have 14 more sleeps before Christmas prior to the big fat man in a red suit turning up with one or more …

10/12/15 So yesterday’s story on this website reinforced what everyone in Queensland racing industry knew which was, “Houston we have a problem,” which I referred to as “a speed bump”. …

08/12/15 As mentioned in yesterday’s website story, last Sunday was another glaring example of how in racing in Queensland we for far too long have seemingly had the mentality of …

07/10/15 Over the 18 years that this website has been functioning, I’ve constantly used constructive arguments to slam racing administrators. Yet 18 years on and they obviously aren’t getting any …

01/07/15 I must say that when I saw all the vacant stables that were on course at the Gladstone racecourse when I visited that city nine days ago, I was …

22/06/15 The thoroughbred racing world woke up to the sad news last Saturday morning that one of the few champions that we will get to see in our lifetime, even …

03/06/15 If picking a winner at the races is hard yakka then picking a politician to vote for at an election who will actually do something constructive for their constituents …

29/04/15 The Toowoomba Turf Club should feel humbled to have a horse with the possible potential of Pornichet nominated to run in the Toowoomba Cup at the track next Saturday. …

24/04/15 The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival kicks off tomorrow with a nine-race card at the Gold Coast, but the day has me worried right from the start, as I cannot …

15/04/15 On face value, from a prizemoney perspective, it’s fair to say that the top echelon of Australian racing, across its three codes, paints a healthy impression of the industry. …

16/04/15 Yesterday I advised that the racing industry needs to take big steps right now to do something constructive for the industry into the future “from a welfare perspective”. So …

09/04/15 Mid last week brisbanetimes.com.au first broke the story of 55 greyhound carcasses being found in bushland near Bundaberg. They’re the same mob that stole a copyrighted photo that I …

02/04/15 Punters have at least been given plenty of notice to start looking for wet trackers over the Easter weekend of racing at Doomben in Brisbane and Randwick in Sydney. …

25/03/15 At the outset let me advise that I attended the greyhound industry meeting at Albion Park last night at 7pm – and it was what I’d call a “lively” …