The NSW government have declared its hand that they are looking at rezoning Canterbury Park racecourse land to residential and that my friends is the first nail in the coffin of Sydney’s best racing surface.
Let’s start by stating the bleeding obvious – Michelle Payne took a diet pill containing phentermine and phentermine is a banned substance. Payne took full responsibility, as she should have under the existing Racing Rules, gets a suspension, so, end of story.
Racing in Bangkok definitely has its own status. Just getting into the racecourse is as competitive as being a tourist in Bangkok, snaking through the ever zealous street vendors surrounding the entrance gates.
One of the common ploys in racing, particularly in Winter on wet tracks, is to put a claiming apprentice up in a relatively weak race, and use that 3 or 4 kilo claim to try to “steal” a win. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Let’s start with something from Neale Daniher’s inspirational address to the Melbourne Demons at the MCG last Monday. “There’s a saying,” he said ‘when all’s said and done, more’s said than done. And the mark of a person is not what they say, it’s what they do.’