QUEENSLAND Racing stewards today suspended Sydney apprentice Daniel Ganderton for two months over his controversial ride on the strongly fancied Deer Valley at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Ganderton, who plans to appeal, was charged with failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure Deer Valley, which blew like a gale in the betting, was given every chance in the race.


STAR Queensland sprinter Burdekin Blues will return to Melbourne for a crack at the Lightning Stakes following his impressive win in the $100,000 Bat out of Hell, 900m, at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Trainer Barry Baldwin was wary about starting Burdekin Blues on the slow track but the $1.50 favorite still proved too classy for Azzaland, $4.60, despite his big weight of 61kg.

STAR young trainer Adam Durrant is confident Lords Ransom will justify his tag as favorite for tomorrow’s (Friday) $400,000 BMW Perth Cup after drawing barrier two yesterday.

Jay Rooney reports in The West Australian that the leading contender of Durrant's four-pronged assault on the 2400m Cup, Lords Ransom maintained his grip at the top of the market and has shortened to $3.50 after the ideal draw.

IN an added bonus for the Magic Millions carnival, champion jockey Darren Beadman will return to ride emerging star Love Conquers All in the $1 million Three-Year-Old MM Trophy at the Gold Coast on Saturday week.

Chris Roots reports in today's Sydney Morning Herald that Beadman has been enticed back from Hong Kong by long-time supporters Nick Moraitis and John Hawkes, who now trains in partnership with sons Michael and Wayne.

TIME is running out for horses trying to qualify for the rich races on the Magic Millions card at the Gold Coast on Saturday week.

Here is the latest order of entry for some of the major events on the 10-race card.


WHEN we look back at the year that was, a large number of the e-mails that we have received focused on an alleged lack of policing of racing at south-east Queensland tracks and the perception that the majority of punters dislike cushion tracks.

In recent times we have received e-mails suggesting we are ‘pandering to dumb-ass punters who do their cash betting on cushion tracks’ or ‘sore losers who want to blame the defeat of horses that they back on bad rides or the belief that they were on dead-uns.’

ADELAIDE trainer, David Balfour, has told The West Australian that ruling BMW Perth Cup favorite, Lords Ransom, will have a significant home ground advantage over emerging stayer Right Fong in the New Year's Day feature.

Balfour was impressed with Lords Ransom's strong win in the CB Cox Stakes (2100m) last Saturday week, but he remains confident Right Fong can continue his rapid progression in Friday's $400,000 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot.

BRISBANE company director, Wayne Milner and accountant, Brad Ryan, were today elected to the Board of Queensland Racing.

Stakeholders of the industry in Queensland elected Milner and Ryan ahead of five others who were short-listed for the two Board vacancies. Milner was the former chairman of the Brisbane Turf Club and Ryan was a director of that club.

NEGOTATIONS are very much in the early stages on an amalgamation of the control boards for the three racing codes in Queensland.

Bob Bentley, chairman of Queensland Racing, said today the chairmen of the three codes were in discussion with the State Government which was prepared to consider a funding package.

QUEENSLAND Racing Limited today announced a new initiative aimed at ensuring the timely release of race meeting information.

Raceday Live is a service available to the public through the Queensland Racing website (www.queenslandracing.com.au) on which Stewards will post TAB race meeting information as it happens, directly from the Stewards Room.


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