‘WHAT DOES MAGIC MILLIONS OFFER FOR MUM & DAD PUNTERS'?

BRIAN WILLIAMS of BRISBANE has his say on the MAGIC MILLIONS:

'MY friends and I have followed and have been fans of racing in Queensland through all the highs and lows – from the Fine Cotton ring-in to the Eagle Farm track debacle – for more years than we care to remember.

We have watched the birth of the Magic Millions, the arrival of Gerry Harvey and his associated threats to take the event away from Queensland unless the Government kicked in more money, and its emergence as one of the big drawcards on the local racing calendar.

Whilst the innovation brought to the event by Gerry and his wife, Katy Page, whose marketing skills are arguably unrivaled, you can label us dinosaurs if you like but there are still aspects of the Magic Millions that we as long time racing fans are not comfortable with.

What prompted this Whinge to LETSGOHORSERACING were comments made by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk whilst she and Racing Minister Sterling Hinchliff were being wined and dined at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

You won’t read or hear about this in the mainstream media – where when it comes to events like Magic Millions and identities like Gerry and Katy – objective criticism flew out the door a long time ago. There’s no Browny Points to be earned by our top turf writers and their racing radio & TV commentator colleagues in that.

I could rant and rave on several issues but know it will fall on deaf ears but my friends and I are determined to have our say – albeit using social media as a platform, so here goes.

We weren’t at the track for the Millions. Who wants to take on the Gold Coast Highway at holiday time then pay an obscene admission charge simply to get through the gate and do battle with a crowd (reportedly 22,000) in a public area arguably incapable of accommodating these big days then risk our hard-earned on a track where horses drawn wide too often have little hope of winning.

But we watched the coverage on the Seven Network (pity we had to stomach the finger-down-the-throat suck-up to Magic Millions from some of the hosts, especially Jason Richardson while the rest including Francesca Cumani (an Ambassador for the event who manages to avoid a conflict with her TV work and the say what he thinks Richard Freedman).

During one of the major presentations here was the Queensland Premier on national TV telling the audience (many of whom we hope were not regular racegoers) that Magic Millions is ‘our premiere racing event) putting hundreds of millions into the Queensland economy.’

Before the pleasant Annastacia gets too carried away justifying her Government’s (and that of the Opposition when they were in power) absurd contribution to a private enterprise event, someone should brief her on a few facts.

The premiere racing event in Queensland is the Winter Carnival – open to all comers – not the Magic Millions for graduates of a select sale run by one of the richest men in the country who profits most from it. One would have thought that at least the Racing Minister could have reminded the Premier that the biggest race meeting in Queensland is Stradbroke Day at Eagle Farm – it draws more people than Magic Millions, is a heap more attractive to the rank and file punter and will this year be run at the redeveloped Eagle Farm which the taxpayers of this State have wasted tens of millions on to get right when some of those responsible couldn’t for far too long.

We applaud what Gerry and Katy have done to grow Magic Million into a major racing event in this country – the richest race day they tell us but forget to include how much of that money comes from owners’ pay-ups (sustaining payments and acceptances fees), not to mention from Racing Queensland, the Gold Coast Turf Club and the taxpayers’ pockets and how little the MM owners (who benefit the most) actually contribute to the race day. It would be interesting to know but don’t hold your breath – the politicians and racing administrators will probably tell you 'it’s commercial in confidence'.

As for the race day well some might argue that RQ is denying the right of every owner to have a starter because (although the rules have been changed a little in recent years) it is primarily for graduates of Magic Millions sales. We understood that every horse and every owner and every trainer was eligible to compete for prizemoney paid by RQ and the taxpayers at the major metropolitan meeting in Queensland on a Saturday. That isn’t the case and if you call the second string metropolitan meeting at Ipswich for far less than normal Saturday metropolitan money that option then this is a pretty ordinary cop-out. There are plenty who would argue that the MAGIC MILLIONS MEETING for horses from SELECT SALES is a RESTRICTION OF TRADE. We keep getting told how the million dollar horses don’t win the big money but at the end of the day most battling owners consider themselves not cashed up enough to afford to buy at the MM Sales.

Another point that shouldn’t be forgotten is that one major group without whose support racing would not survive is the mum and dad punters. What exactly does Magic Millions offer them? The Government – in justifying their big contribution to MM – points to surveys that show more heads on beds at the Gold Coast at this time of the year. Give us a break, it’s the peak tourist season at Surfers and their not all their for the races – in fact the surf, theme parks and many other factors could be argued as more the attractions. Katy Page has commented on the type of people who converge on the Gold Coast in January and the big proportion that come from overseas for the MM, especially the Sales. “We want this to be for everyone,” she stresses. That being the case then how about providing something special for the mums and dads – and that doesn’t include polo which is regarded as a bit up-market for most, even if Billy Slater is aboard one of the steeds. Why not install a fair ground for the kids, a high profile entertainer for the teenagers after the last and perhaps a free barbeque lunch for the families. Give them something extra to attend so that they will feel like they are part of this big party they call Magic Millions. Those who attend the Sales and watch the millions churned over certainly don’t feel like they will ever be part of that – unless they win GOLD LOTTO.

As for the Sales we kept hearing in interviews with Gerry and Katy how they had grown MM from the stage when the place was nearly fly-blown when Harvey, Singleton and Ferguson took over. It’s making tens of millions more each year – it was a record sale for yearlings in Australia this season and exceeded all expectations we were told. What we weren’t told is how many of those millions went back into the racing industry (like the big day) on the Gold Coast or into the coffers of Racing Queensland. That’s because we suspect the lot went into the pockets of a private company Magic Millions and one of the richest men in the country in Gerry Harvey. Good luck to him but it means little to the owners and trainers who battle each week of the year to win a bread and butter race or for the mums and dads punters who help keep this wonderful industry ticking over.'

      

ANIMAL LIBERATION CIRCUS ON HAND FOR MILLIONS DAY

EVEN Magic Millions Day wasn’t exempt from the animal liberation lobby.                              

The GOLD COAST BULLETIN reported:

PROTESTERS have arrived at the Gold Coast Turf Club as the Magic Millions race day gets underway this morning (Saturday).

The group of about 50 people have banded together to protest animal cruelty, while thousands of racegoers arrive for the event.

Grouped together holding signs and flags, one man has taken to shouting information through a microphone.

“They reward their horses with a 50 cent bullet to the head,” he said.

“Each and every year we see 120 horses killed on the racetrack ... they kill horses for dog meat.”

They have been met with jeers from race fans, who say they are “here to have fun”.

The protesters are part of a larger group calling for the Australian racing industry to invest one per cent of its annual income to create a national retiring and rehoming program for racehorses.

The event was planned days ago by the same group who also plan to protest at Hudson’s Circus in Southport and the controversial Black Swan Lake over the weekend.

Police have reportedly already spoken to the group, but there is no sign of them being removed.

 

CURRIE STABLE SYNDICATOR SNARES TOP JOB ON THE GOLD COAST

ONE of the biggest supporters of controversial young trainer Ben Currie has snared a key racing appointment on the Gold Coast.

Former Victorian, Shane Ciurleo, who has syndicated many successful horses for the Currie stable since relocating to Toowoomba, shares an interest in Magic Millions Country Cup winner, Mr Markou, through his syndication group, Victory Thoroughbreds.

TOM BOSWELL reports for the GOLD COAST BULLETIN:

AQUIS have brought on a new bloodstock manager as their racing and breeding operation continues to gather momentum in Australia.

Shane Ciurleo is the man headhunted by Aquis to oversee the development of their thoroughbreds, including 16 lots purchased at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in conjunction with other owners and trainers worth $5,740,000.

“I’m originally from Toowoomba and have been involved with Aquis for a couple of months doing some form and things for their Queensland-based horses,” Ciurleo said.

 “It led to some further conversations and an opportunity came on board as their general manager of bloodstock.

“Once a horse is born and goes through breaking in and pre-training at Canungra, that’s when I come on to look after them.”

It’s a completely new role for Aquis who continue to grow their Canungra and Hunter Valley bases.

“(Aquis Owner Tony Fung) loves racing and you can imagine how hard it is logistically to keep a handle on everything and all the horses we have trained in Victoria, NSW and Queensland,” Ciurleo said.

“It’s about keeping a handle on that and making sure we have got horses representing Aquis in the carnivals and performing.

“We actively buy and sell horses and sell horses who aren’t going to make our breeding program.

“A lot of those horses have gone on to win races for other people and we get a kick out of that.”

Aquis also sold 17 yearlings at the Gold Coast sales for a combined $3,370,000.

 

'WELFARE OF INJURED JOCKEYS SHOULD BE PART OF THE NEW JOB

REGULAR contributor GREG BLANCHARD of NUDGEE writes:

‘AFTER the glitz and glamour of Magic Millions is over there is something I want to bring to your attention.

Over the years I have become mates with jockeys mostly from overseas backgrounds. I have visited them in hospitals, taken them for medical appointments etc.

Now I know the former Manager of the Training Department at Racing Queensland wanted to bring racing mates in as volunteers to help injured jockeys but for one reason or another it didn't seem to happen.

I hope it happens in future. The guys I know who were badly injured and ended up finishing their careers went through tough times, only through family and friends, love and care got them through.

I found Kevin Ring of the Australian Jockeys’ Association very helpful in one of these cases.

There is a new boss of RQ Training about to be appointed – applications closed last week. I realize that budget compliance etc is important but so is compassion and empathy. Little things mean so much so never lose the common touch.’

 

LGHR COMMENT – JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT ABOUT BEHAVIOR!

CAN you imagine what would happen if a star young jockey bagged one of the high profile officials or stakeholders in Australian racing like Bernard Tomic has of Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt?

Stewards would immediately charge him with bringing the sport into disrepute and he would be facing a big stretch on the sidelines.

Sadly, it seems, in world tennis the more you earn the less chance you have of being chastised for unacceptable behavior. Just hark back to the temper tantrum from Serena Williams when she got beaten in the US Open. One high profile official even came out in support of her.

Now we have Tomic reportedly laying some blame on Hewitt for his quick exit from the Australian Open. The head of this ‘brat pack’ that has emerged in tennis in Australia too often retreats from controversy with the comment: ‘Well I’ll just head off to count my millions’.

Perhaps the hierarchy of Tennis Australia should penalize him for his unacceptable behavior by relieving Tomic of some of that loot or standing him down for a considerable time from playing and the right to earn more.

Racing cops a bagging whenever there is a controversy but I can’t think of one top young jockey who would perform this badly – and let’s face it they aren’t just walking onto a court and showing their expertise with a racket and ball – they are risking their lives every time they ride and earning nowhere near as much - some of them even pay the ultimate price for it.

 

YES YES YES – NO NO NO – IT WASN’T AN MM RUNNER – OR WAS IT?

IT was a baptism of fire from the outset for Peter Chadwick when he took over last August as Chief Steward for Racing Queensland with his predecessor Allan Reardon protesting the appointment process.

That controversy has died down but Chadwick learned last Saturday when he chaired the most important meeting since his arrival back in Australia after almost two decades working in Singapore that some punters and even stakeholders can be unforgiving.

The spotlight was on the Gold Coast for the richest prizemoney day in Australian racing – the Magic Millions – and in the aftermath the Chadwick stewards’ panel that officiated were the subject of some light-hearted banter interstate.

Star of the show, James Cummings, trainer of $2 million MM Classic winner, Exhilarates, was a special guest on Victoria’s Racing Radio RSN Correct Weight on Sunday morning where he was interviewed by leading tipster Dean Lester, top trackman Warren Huntly and popular Best Bet’s Queensland form analyst Chris Nelson.

That interview and other comments during the program – although somewhat tongue-in-cheek – were hardly complimentary of the Chadwick panel and had some of our contributors questioning whether similar embarrassing scenarios would have occurred at major meetings in Sydney or Melbourne or under the chairmanship of Terry Bailey who has replaced Peter Chadwick as Chief Steward in Singapore.

Here are some of the emails that we received concerning the Magic Millions and how the punters felt about the way the stewards controlled the big meeting:

JAMES CUMMINGS GREAT FOR RACING THE WAY HE ENGAGES WITH MEDIA

DANNY JACKSON of BRISBANE had this to say about JAMES CUMMINGS and the MM TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC:

‘Isn’t James Cummings great for racing – a breath of fresh air, especially the way he engages with the media – even making them feel like their opinions really matter to him?

It’s such a different approach to how the at times prickly Bart would deal with the media. It prompted one of my mates to jokingly ask: Is James really Bart’s grandson?

And after some of the problems that reportedly occurred when John O’Shea was training for the Godolphin Empire, James seems to have built a Team Culture, with the help of new boss of the Australian operation, Vin Cox and former champion jockey Darren Beadman.

James had his critics who were ready to pounce early but is now really finding his feet and the results are starting to back up his training ability and preparedness to learn. You only have to listen to him talking about watching Gai Waterhouse and Peter Snowden for years at the track of a morning. And there are the questions that are returned rapid-fire at the media interviewers making them feel that their opinions count to him. It’s really refreshing.

But most of all he is not scared to criticize when he thinks it is justified. Might one suggest that in contrast to the other training great Chris Waller who spends most of his time sucking up to the Racing NSW hierarchy about the great job they are doing with prizemoney and promotion of the industry in that State, James is his own man?

A good example was his comment to the RSN panel on Sunday concerning the Stewards’ Report from the Magic Millions meeting. Cummings asked Best Bets’ Chris Nelson how much importance he placed on Stewards’ Reports in assessing form. Nelson replied: ‘A good deal’.

Cummings then told how he and jockey Kerrin McEvoy were celebrating the MM win over a champagne or two the previous night and made reference to the early stewards’ report making no mention of trouble that Exhilarates had encountered early in the race which made her win even more impressive.

Tongue-in-cheek Cummings suggested the stewards had missed important things that happened in the race (like the interference to Exhilarates) but mistakenly managed to report something that didn’t (the rider of Yes Yes Yes, which was scratched on Friday, dropping his whip at the 100m mark). This was in the original Stewards’ Report but swiftly removed from the one now published on the RQ website.

Nelson, who is reportedly relocating from Melbourne to Brisbane to focus on his job as Queensland form analyst for Best Bets, jokingly told Cummings and the RSN listeners: “The rumour in the north is the panel like to finish early so that they can pick up their Chinese Meal on the way home of a Saturday night.”

Perhaps I should give young Chris – who seems a terribly nice bloke and terrific at his job – a heads-up before he joins the racing media in Queensland that to ensure longevity in the job up here he needs to learn how to ‘suck up and survive’.

It would be remiss of me not to mention comments made by the RSN panel about the unbelievable $400 fine imposed on jockey Jeff Lloyd for failing to weight out by the required time which resulted in betting ring wobbler and surprise flop Houtzen not being presented in the enclosure by the required time.

“Surely at his age they might have given old Jeff some leniency,” Dean Lester joked. “It almost seems like he copped a kick for getting beaten on a hot favorite”.

Sadly the Stewards’ Report doesn’t explain why Lloyd was late weighing out before Houtzen, which blew in the betting despite looking like a good thing in the Snippets Millions,  

End of my story but just an explanation of why myself and my mates who are based in Queensland and are long time followers of racing here prefer to listen to a warts-and-all coverage on RSN in Victoria of a day than endure the endless finger down the throat propaganda that is rolled out on radio and in the mainstream media in the north.

 

HOW DID MR MARCOU MANAGE TO WIN THE COUNTRY CUP AT HUGE ODDS?

ALBY ANDERSON, a veteran punter from the GOLD COAST, raised a couple of issues that did not please him on MAGIC MILLIONS DAY:

‘I am not a member of the growing club that continues to bash Ben Currie. In fact I think he is the best young trainer in the country and will prove that if he can find the legal firepower needed to jump some big hurdles confronting his career in the months ahead.

Whenever he has a runner that I think can win I always have something on it. Alas on Saturday Mr Markou went around without me and duly saluted at 100 to one.

I backed it two runs back when the horse bolted in at Toowoomba but couldn’t come into him after running fifth at Warwick when he made some ground but was beaten six lengths. I had a look at the Stewards’ Report hoping they might have asked Ben about the apparent improvement but all it said was that Mr Markou was slowly away.

I guess they are a bit gun-shy when it comes to the Currie stable these days. It seems every time QRIC try to do their job they are being hauled into a higher court and their actions are being challenged. Racing has certainly changed from a legal perspective these days.   

(EDITOR’S NOTE: THE form out of the Warwick race isn’t all that bad if you take a closer look Alby. WONDER BOOM, which won that race, finished fourth to MR MARCOU on Saturday but sat four wide the whole way without cover and was beaten only a little over a length so one could argue with a better run in transit he might well have won at $14. Perhaps at $81 Mr Marcou was under the odds, especially knowing how Currie can improve them).

 

‘STEWARDS SHOULD HAVE TOLD PUNTERS WHY JOCKEY WAS LATE’

JIM PHILLIPS of BRISBANE writes:

THE bookies’ late mail was spot-on in the MM Snippets Sprint when hot favorite Houtzen blew like a gale in the betting and ran the worst race of her career.

On form Houtzen was entitled to be well in the red but they struggled to lay her at $2.3 at the finish (except to us mugs who follow the form and rated her a certainty).

Some of us were a bit worried when she was late into the enclosure. There was the pre-race speculation that she wouldn’t get across easily but at her best she had a lap on some of these.

We subsequently learnt the reason for her late arrival was because jockey Jeff Lloyd was late to weigh out which cost him a $400 fine but the Stewards didn’t explain what caused this problem which surely the punters are entitled to know.

As for the dismal performance by Houtzen, here’s what the Stewards’ reported and apart from the poor recovery the punters are none the wiser. Surely they should have required her to trial before starting again.

HOUTZEN – Jumped awkwardly and shifted out and bumped LE CORDON BLEU. Inclined to lay out rounding the first turn. When questioned regarding the performance jockey J. Lloyd stated that the mare jumped away awkwardly and did not initially show early speed. However, he was able to obtain a position outside the leader after going a short distance without over exerting the mare. He further stated that from the 600m the mare was off the bit and failed to respond and run on, and may not have appreciated today’s firm surface. A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have a poor post race recovery.

EDITOR'S NOTE: PLENTY of food for thought from our readers for the stewards but I have to say that largely I believe the job done by Peter Chadwick and his panel in the past few months have improved the lot of punters in Queensland.

 

ANGLAND MAKES FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE HORROR HK FALL

WHEN jockey Tye Angland suffered a serious spinal injury after a race fall at Sha Tin, one of the first people to drop everything and fly to Hong Kong to be by his side was Tommy Berry.

That was late November. Since then, Angland has flown back to Sydney to learn he faces the “likelihood” of being a quadriplegic, so severe have his injuries proved to be.

Cut to the scene at the SCG on day two of the Test between Australia and India and there, in a private room, Angland sat in a motorised wheelchair, smile on his face and in good spirits alongside a small gathering of friends.

ANDREW WEBSTER reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that it was Berry’s idea to get Angland to the cricket, helping him navigate through the crowd before they took their place in the Noble-Bradman Stand.

There has been much mystery about Angland’s condition with everyone in the racing industry respecting the request of his family for privacy.

The Australian Jockeys’ Association released a statement on their behalf just after Christmas: “As a result of the fall, Tye had a fracture and dislocation of the spine as well as a spinal cord injury. The spine has been stabilised and realigned. Tye’s doctors advise the long-term prognosis for injuries of this nature are always hard to diagnose in the early stages. However, there remains a likelihood of Tye’s outcome being a quadriplegic.”

The first public sighting of Angland will certainly warm the heart of many within the industry.

Berry politely declined to comment when contacted just as he was boarding a plane to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions. He has seven rides on Saturday, including outsider Champagne Jet in the $2 million two-year-old classic.

Angland stunned everyone in 2017 when he swooped late on $101 shot Flying Jess to win the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas and he will no doubt be in the minds of many people this weekend.

Jockeys are as hard as flint. They have to be when they are guiding 500 kilograms of horse flesh at top speed around tight racetracks, having eaten very little for the week, carrying the weight of expectation from owners, trainers and especially punters.

The risks are too easily forgotten. Leading jockey Blake Shinn returned to trackwork on Thursday after breaking the C1 and C5 vertebrae in his neck during a fall in a trial in August.

When tragedy strikes, jockeys rally around each other, bound by the life-threatening danger they face every time they saddle up.

Berry understands that as much as anyone after his twin brother, Nathan, died in 2014 from a mystery illness (later diagnosed as an acute form of epilepsy) after collapsing at trackwork in Singapore.

The racing industry rallied around Berry then, just as they are getting around Angland now.

None of the many peers in his corner are surprised about his positive attitude despite finding himself in the toughest of circumstances.

 

 

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‘IS IT LITTLE WONDER THAT MORE TRAINERS ARE GIVING THE GAME AWAY IN QUEENSLAND?

INTERESTING thoughts from a long-time contributor in NORTH QUEENSLAND:

WHERE have all the trainers gone?

Yes, you might well ask, while humming the tune of the famous ballad.

But seriously, as Queensland struggles in the pits of mediocrity (along with South Australia), the hierarchy of this State, and the Government, must really shape up and address many pressing issues – or ship out.

I don’t know the exact numbers of trainers who have given the game away in this State in the last decade. But there are many, particularly in the regions of Rockhampton to Cairns.

Jockeys too - unbelievably Townsville is still without an indentured apprentice.

While trainers try to cope with a desperate shortage of riders, kids in neighboring Asian and African counties are chaffing at the bit to ride here – while their pleas for an opportunity go unanswered or totally ignored by the decision-makers. Sadly, it seems Queensland is all about breeding these days and worse still – becoming increasingly elitist.

But this is not really about the very serious situation of jockeys – as chronic as it is.

It is about a new trainer who arrived in Townsville recently after packing up his successful Cranbourne stable. He wanted a change of pace and place after 40-odd years successfully training horses and winning races worth well over $2 million.

Chris (CC) Parry arrived in Townsville, virtually unannounced before Christmas with a few horses and must be already pondering the question WHY?

Settling-in perhaps hasn’t been as easy as he had hoped but this latest affront to his reputation demands mention.

Chris was made to sit for a long written test to obtain a trainers license in Queensland (and happily agreed mind you).

It’s hard to believe with his unblemished record over such a long period. An enviable record that is easily obtainable on any racing website.

But Racing Queensland insisted on him sitting this exam that contained such inane questions like: “What is the weight of racing plate?”

There is only one remaining master farrier in Townsville and when he was asked the question stated: “I wouldn’t have a clue – different makers, different weight”.

That was only one of what some might describe as ‘brain-dead questions’ that Chris and other applicants are fronted with.

Absolute ‘BS’ with a capital ‘S’.

HOOFNOTE: The master farrier also has a trainer’s license!

 

GOOD TO SEE SCRIVEN BACK AS JOCKEY ADVOCATE AT THE GATTON MEETING

GREG BLANCHARD of NUDGEE, whose views on the situation with a lack of jockeys in the bush has been well document on this website, forwarded this email:

‘I read on Tuesday the Gatton Stewards’ Report and to my surprise Shane Scriven was Jockey Advocate at that meeting.

I was very happy to see Shane was there as I believe advocates perform an important role with apprentices.

In the last 12 months Shane has only been an advocate twice at the Gatton meeting on Tuesday and the only other time was the apprentices’ race at Doonben mid last year.

The only on-going advocate has been Ben Saunders on the Darling Downs.

I sincerely hope that advocates go to more meetings in the future as I believe our apprentices have suffered over the last year or so because of a lack of advocates.’

 

HORROR BARRIER DRAWS FOR EARLY FAVORITES IN MM TWO-YEAR-OLD

SUICIDAL barrier draws around the treacherous Gold Coast track have seen early fancies for the Two-Year-Old Magic Millions Classic and Three-Year-Old MM Guineas drift dramatically in early betting.

One-time favourites, Unite And Conquer and Yes Yes Yes, have eased to $6 and $7 after drawing barriers 21 (the outside) and 18 respectively.

As if the Darren Weir stable did already have enough headaches, they are battling to secure a flight north for the brilliant colt Yes Yes Yes.

The revised market with BET365 has Exhilarates, the impressive Gold Coast winner last Saturday for Godolphin the new favourite at $5 with the unbeaten Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Unite And Conquer on the second line at $6 with another unbeaten youngster, Dubious, from the Cairon Maher & Dave Eustice stable.

Dubious has drawn well at seven and Exhilarates at nine. The next best in the market is Czarson at $7 but he has drawn out at 15.

In the MM Three-Year-Old Guineas the Tony Gollan-trained Outback Barbie has firmed to short priced favouritism at $2.5 after his main rivals fared badly in the draw.

The outstanding Chris Munce prepared Boomsara is out to $5 and will need to use all of his brilliant speed to offset a terrible draw at 18 while promising Victorian Star Fall, to be ridden by Linda Meech, has has also fared badly at 17 and has eased to $11.

 

GROUP 1 WINNING QUEENSLAND TRAINER DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS

BARRY Miller, the trainer of multiple Group 1 winning galloper SHOW A HEART, has died in Brisbane at the age of 78.

Miller (picture courtesy of News Ltd) campaigned Show A Heart on International Day in Hong Kong after winning the 2002 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.

His other major training triumphs with Show A Heart included the TJ Smith Classic at Eagle Farm and Caulfield Guineas in 2000 and the Toorak Handicap in 2001.

AAP reports that Miller trained about 1,000 winners on tracks throughout the country. He and younger brother, Trevor (based on the Sunshine Coast) were successful figures in Queensland racing for three decades moving to the city after starting their careers in Cunnamulla.

Miller first came to prominence when 100-1 chance Casca almost ran down champion Manikato in the 1979 Doomben 10,000. He often said that second place put him on the map in Brisbane.

Trevor Miller told AAP his brother had been ill for some time. “He was doing it tough the last 18 months but he will be remembered as a true horseman,”.

Barry Miller's funeral will be held next week to allow some family members to travel from overseas.

 

 

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