Harness Racing

11/12/14 On 13/11/14 on this website I advised readers that I had been gifted a copy of the 1976 book written by the late Clif Cary entitled How Professionals Bet …

05/12/14 One gets the distinct impression that Brisbane is currently experiencing an embarrassment of riches in the jockey ranks, not so much talent wise, but numbers wise – to a …

03/12/14 On 11 November, I put up the first of what was promised to be a series of articles turning the clock back some 26 years for website visitors, looking …

01/12/14 Well last Saturday saw your typical controversial racing industry in full cry again.   Excited parents took their kids to Meet George Jetson at Doomben, but after paying some …

28/11/14 There is no shadow of doubt that the thoroughbred racing industry around Australia is so incestuous that it defies belief. Many of the main characters are all mates and …

21/11/14 Australian punters are being duped into betting on “Saturday city races” that in reality aren’t Saturday city races. Tomorrow at Doomben in Brisbane and Ballarat in Victoria are two …

23/10/14 It is my considered opinion that Racing Queensland is doing the thoroughbred industry in Australia a major disservice – and is leaving itself wide open to public ridicule and …

22/10/14 I must say that from what I’ve seen happen in the racing industry over the decades that I’ve been involved in it, nothing really shocks me anymore – but …

14/10/14 If one didn’t learn something after watching thoroughbreds for over four-and-a-half decades, one would have to be an extremely thick humanoid. In that timeframe I’ve seen many “worldbeaters” and/or …

13/08/14 I must say that when I looked at the fields for Flemington last Saturday and in typical male fashion I was confused. We had nine races on the program …

01/08/14 I try to pride myself on giving everyone in the racing industry a fair go, for as I’m not perfect – by any stretch of the imagination – so …

23/07/14 I get so many emails telling me what I’m doing wrong with my four websites that I’m surprised some of the Einsteins that send me their crap don’t actually …

19/06/14 I got to thinking after Brave Ali led all the way to win the Ipswich Cup last Saturday that maybe it’s time to tweak the race. I mean, if …

18/06/14 Last Friday night I penned a story entitled “Best Bets and Sportsman charge top dollar for their publication yet both struggle with just getting the basics right”. In that …

17/06/14 You know Wayne Wilson’s words that I wrote last week upon his sad passing of “a difference of opinion is what makes the world go round” came home to …

12/06/14 When his eyes closed for the last time late last Friday night, the Brisbane racing industry lost a wonderful ambassador with the passing of Herbert Francis (call me Wayne) …

01/05/14 In what I habitually call “the incestuous world of thoroughbred racing”, almost anything is possible. As recently as the mid 1980’s, Eagle Farm racecourse played host to firstly the …

05/02/14 Regarding yesterday’s article on punters leaping to their death after the win by firstly Noogoora Burr then Excellantes, one website reader advised that with the track being upgraded to …

31/01/13 Long before the killer flood waters have receded, I can respectively suggest that the racing industry in Queensland has been set back another five or ten years due to …

23/01/14 Oh how the world changes. Drive around a major city like Brisbane today then don’t repeat the same exercise for another 52 weeks and the changes to roads and …

12/12/13 Yesterday I went into detail regarding last weekend’s races, but there was one other important aspect of racing last Saturday that I want to raise here in a standalone …

10/12/13 Yesterday in what I’d call “a typical passive and patronizing interview on RadioTAB”, racecaller David Fowler spoke to Racing Queensland Chairman Kevin Dixon – and the Racing Queensland Chairman …

22/10/13 I read a newspaper article only last Sunday about the dangers of modern betting, particularly sports betting, which stated in part, “We are breeding the next generation of problem …

11/09/13 I’ve regularly written here over the 17 years that this website has been operating that of the three codes of racing – harness racing is the one that I’ve …

01/10/13 Shock horror last Saturday when a long odds-on favourite got rolled in Race 1 at one of the two eastern seaboard capital city races that raced on the day. …

19/09/13 When I sit down in the cold hard light of day and reflect on the Queensland racing industry across its three codes in the last couple of decades I …

18/09/13 Up until a few weeks ago it would be fair comment that the Turkington family from up at Pilton on the Darling Downs would be the envy of many. …

12/09/13 As advised in Part 1 of this story yesterday – today it’s time to go into an in-depth analysis of what was said to the assembled gathering last Sunday …

23/08/13 The Justracing website has singlehandedly brought to public account over the last couple of years much of the what I’d call “rot” that goes on at Tattsbet, which is …

02/08/13 Tomorrow will be a strange Saturday in the history of Australian thoroughbred racing on two fronts. For the first time in over five decades the name Alan Bailey won’t …