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Uniformity in racing is needed Australia-wide

 Apr 26 2012

Uniformity, you would think, ultimately should be the aim of racing administrators Australia-wide but, instead, there still appears to be a tug-o-war particularly between New South Wales and Victoria.

Overlapping of major races is an on-going problem but another issue recently was indicative of the chasm between the two major racing authorities.

The perfect example is the case of Michael Rodd incurring a suspension last Saturday but he still is free to partner glamour filly, Atlantic Jewel, in the All Aged Stakes this Saturday.

This attractive dispensation was made possible because he luckily was suspended under the NSW stewards' jurisdiction. Had he been in Victoria he would be sitting on the sidelines.

The NSW system clearly is the most sensible because when a jockey is suspended, he is afforded a nine-day buffer before the penalty takes effect. Sensible reasoning behind this decree is that jockeys often have forward bookings and immediate implementation of the suspension would mean trainers and owners are also penalised.

A lot of racing rules apply Australia-wide but this is an anomaly that should be rectified.

That present-day phenomenon called Black Caviar will flourish again this Saturday at Morphettville in South Australia. And what an asset she has been for Australia racing.

Everywhere she goes the 'House Full' sign is likely to be hoisted even though Black Caviar now is linked with death and taxes – an absolute certainty.

Having a perfect score of 19 from 19 it is hard to imagine that this will not reach 20 on Saturday with her 21st pending in the Goodwood Handicap a fortnight later.

Co-incidentally, arguably the second best mare in Australia, Atlantic Jewel, will shape up as a short-priced favourite in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick.

A promoters dream if the two mares could be pitted against one and other somewhere in Australia.

In the other Adelaide Group One, the Schweppes Oaks, octogenarian oracle Bart Cummings will saddle up the favourite Empress Rock and she has excellent credentials to win.
However, there may be value in the New Zealander, Kasumi, a winner in her home country last month and she has had the benefit of a run in Australia.

That was a fortnight ago when she ran home quite generously to be fourth in the Port Augusta Guineas, an 1800 metre test at Morphettville.

The 2000 metre Queen Elizabeth Stakes seems to have assumed star status at Randwick over the time-honoured Sydney Cup.

Nevertheless, the program at Randwick overall boasts plenty of class. And wasn't it pleasing to see Randwick return to its recuperative best last Saturday progressing from a Heavy (8) in race one and by race six it had been upgraded progressively to a Dead (5).

Considering the constant cascade of rain that had inundated the course in the preceding week this was a remarkable result.

As for the Sydney Cup, in my eyes, it still is the highlight of the day and Permit has earned favouritism with impressive wins in the 2400 metre Manion Cup and 2600 metre Chairman's Handicap at his past two starts.
Ironically he is an import from England.
Mind you, he won't have an easy passage because another import, Drunken Sailor, is a dour stayer coming off a 2600 metre win at Flemington, a close second in the 3200 metre Adelaide Cup and a slightly unlucky third in the 2400 metre BMW at Rosehill.

Just to rub salt into the parochial punters wounds, another import Manighar is likely to win the power-packed Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Trained by Pete Moody, Manighar has struck his best form reeling off successive wins in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and BMW.

A six-year-old gelding that did the majority of his previous racing in England, Ireland and France, he looks destined to continue his lucrative sequence against the best of the locals.

Breeders in Australia should hang their heads in shame.

There is more to racing than sprints.

By Rod Gallegos

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