Jenny - Clean

TOP jockey Danny Nikolic has proven to be an amazing survivor in a tough industry but with controversy continuing to ride shotgun his career seems to have again reached the cross-roads.

Nikolic has been continually defended by sections of a sympathetic racing media despite the fact that in a raft of incidents from Hong Kong to Mauritius and now Melbourne there has been a common thread - claims that he was the innocent victim or scapegoat. He may well have been but to the ordinary punter it’s starting to sound all too familiar.

DICK FRANCIS, the English jumps jockey turned best-selling author, will best be remembered for his writing rather than his riding skills – and that is exactly how he would have wanted it to be.

Francis, who died recently at the age of 89, wrote 42 horse racing thrillers with world-wide sales of over 60 million and topped the best-seller lists for more than 40 years. He did more for the sport off the track than many horses, trainers and jockeys achieve on it.



HAVE you ever stopped to think how much the mainstream punters mean to the survival of the racing industry and how little say they have in the actual running of that multi-billion dollar business?

No-one denies how important every stakeholder is to racing – owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers, stable-hands, bookmakers and the TAB. But how many of them would survive without the thousands of punters who line up every week to invest their hard-earned?

GODFREY SMITH this week devotes his HORSING AROUND column to a number of contentious issues confronting the Queensland Racing Industry and has attempted to secure answers to some of your most asked questions.

The letsgohorseracing website has in recent weeks been inundated with requests from readers desperate for more information regarding a number of issues that are about to confront the racing industry in Queensland.


IT'S 'Groundhog Week' for Godfrey – back on one of my favorite hobby horses – declaring how much more appropriate it would be to celebrate Australia Day on the first Tuesday in November rather than the 26th of January.

Melbourne Cup and Anzac Day are the two collective days on the Australian calendar that unite our people more than any other. For many one begins with darkness and remembers great losses, the other ends in darkness trying to forget great losses.

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