Miss Farloo’s cheeky Albury mission

Todd Smart won’t be wanting any cheeky business from his old mare Miss Farloo when she contests the 1175m Benchmark 58 at Albury on Monday.

Todd Smart has entered Miss Farloo for the 1175m Benchmark 58 event at Albury on Monday, after the old girl finished well down the track last time out at Moruya.

The Zizou mare, who is eight-years-old, has 85 starts to her name and is certainly capable on her day.

Markets are typically a good indicator of her chances and punters could be rewarded for following betting trends.


Gundagai Cup winner Monkery will be in action at Canberra today when stepping out in race four, the 2000m TAB Federal Benchmark 70 Handicap.

The Dave Blundell runner is coming off a seventh placing in the Wagga Gold Cup on May 1 and should be suited by the soft conditions and forecasted rain in Canberra.

Kayla Nisbet is in the saddle and gate four should see the five-year-old given a nice sit in behind the early pace.

There is some speed in this event too and with the small field, so it would be a surprise to see the Myboycharlie gelding go close to a win.

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Rodger Waters will also travel to Canberra today, with Kaipaki set to contest race seven, the 1200m Class One Handicap.

The four-year-old Shamexpress gelding has been hitting the line nicely in recent starts and was very impressive last time out at Wagga, running second in heavy 9 conditions. 

Apprentice jockey Tyler Schiller is again in the saddle for a 1.5kg claim but connections get no luck in the barrier draw, gifted gate 15 in this very open and competitive Class One.

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In the same Class One at Canberra, the Tumut-owned Rosy Dawn could jump from gate 17 and has Kayla Nisbet in the saddle.

The four-year-old finished eighth in the same 1200m Class One that Kaipaki contested at Wagga on May 1.

The Norm Gardner runner caught the eye that particular day, storming home in terrible conditions.

The Al Maher mare will be better suited to the soft conditions and will appreciate being back on her home track.

It could be worth following where the Canberra trainer decides to take his charge though, with Rosy Dawn also entered for a Class One Showcase Handicap at Nowra on Sunday.

There have only been 16 nominations for the event and connections could be tempted to try their hand at the $27,0000 event if they draw a decent barrier.

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Former Tumut-based jockey turned trainer, Peter Korn has nominated Byblos Boy for the 1000m Benchmark 58 at Nowra on Sunday.

The 10-year-old hit a terrific patch of form last preparation; winning at Tumut, Cooma and Queanbeyan in six starts, before going to the paddock for a well-earned spell.

The Byblos gelding is capable of a game run first up and Korn will be hoping he can draw a barrier in this tough little sprint event.

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Kerry Weir will back Jounama up at Albury on Monday, when contesting the 1175m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

The Zoffany mare caught the eye last time out, storming home to finish fourth and beaten only 2.55 lengths in a 1175m Benchmark 58 event.

The six-year-old will strip fitter after two runs this preparation and if connections can draw a decent barrier, the Tumut runner will be right in this race.

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Dave Blundell will also head to Albury on Monday with his runner Curiosa contesting the 1400m Maiden Handicap.

The four-year-old was originally trained by Allan Denham before making the move to the Gundagai stable and hasn’t been seen at the track for 12 weeks.

The I Am Invincible gelding didn’t run a place in three starts but was building nicely, starting favourite in his last start at Scone over 1408m.

There will be plenty of interest after the barrier draw and whether or not Blundell’s newest runner can perform in the Southern Districts.

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Jim Scobie may also unearth his maiden runner Sugarplum Mary at Albury on Monday, after nominating her for a 900m Maiden Plate.

The Gundagai trainer was unsure of whether he would run her though, citing shin soreness after a mid-week track gallop.

The Gundagai runner definitely looks to have some ability, after finishing third and beaten only 1.09 lengths by Bennelong Dancer in an Albury trial back on July 30.

If the four-year-old Elvstroem mare does start, punters will certainly be interested in the price offered and how she fairs on debut.

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Steven Kemp will only have one dishlicker in action at Wagga on Sunday, with Egler drawing box three in the final event of the evening, the 320m fifth grade event.

The Sh Avatar dog was a winner first up at Temora but failed last start at Wagga after finding trouble early.

This is an open sprint event and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the youngster pop up for a win.

Winners and losers

Caccini put in a nice effort at Kembla Grange on Tuesday, running fourth in the 1200m Benchmark 70 event.

The Norm Gardner runner, part owned here in Tumut, had a nice sit in behind the leaders and was hitting the line strongly.

Despite the efforts of Jess Taylor in the saddle, the Nicconi gelding was flanked by the back markers though, eventually going down 1.4 lengths.

Still, it was a promising run and it could very well be worth following the Canberra runner going forward.

Racing Australia supporting equine welfare and traceability

In light of some scathing articles and documentaries questioning the welfare of thoroughbreds once they have finished racing, Racing Australia has enhanced their commitment to thoroughbred welfare and traceability with the appointment of Karen Day as the organisation’s first national equine welfare and traceability executive.

Racing Australia has specific operational and system responsibilities for equine traceability once horses have finished racing and this role will monitor and review these responsibilities, whilst also undertaking research, preparing reports and promoting equine welfare practices.

Racing Australia’s acting CEO Myles Foreman said that Day’s appointment to the new role highlighted Racing Australia’s commitment toward thoroughbred welfare.

“The appointment of Karen as the first national equine welfare and traceability executive for Racing Australia is an important step in the ongoing commitment to the welfare and traceability of the thoroughbred,” Foreman said. 

Day was previously appointed the first equine welfare manager for Racing NSW, a role she thrived in from 2016 to 2019, with Racing NSW seen to be at the forefront of thoroughbred welfare after racing.

During her time with Racing NSW, Day prepared retired thoroughbreds for life after racing, predominantly in the sport of show jumping, working with young riders and established international show jumpers.

The racing enthusiasts brings 25 years of thoroughbred experience and more than 20 years working in media, publishing and marketing to the role.

Welfare and retirement programs remain the responsibility of the Principal Racing Authorities across each state and territory of Australia, and Day will work closely with these PRAs to help coordinate and promote the best practice of equine welfare standards across the thoroughbred industry.