If split and sectional times are meaningful, the Racing and Wagering Western Australia stewards inquiry into Patrick Carbery’s tactics aboard Testing Love in the Schweppes-Ascot 1,000 Guineas should be abandoned in a matter of minutes.
Lunar Fox landed the biggest-ever upset in Australian Group One thoroughbred racing when he won the Kennedy Australian Guineas, even rocketing past the astronomical odds William Hill quoted in 1964 on a lunar landing during the 1960s.
Chris Parnham is odds on to become the 36th individual rider to win a Western Australian metropolitan jockey premiership, and he is about a 25-1 chance to set a city personal best when he rides at Ascot on a card with two feature events.
This week marks the seventh anniversary of the death of the most remarkable athlete I have met during my quarter of a century working in elite sport, a vegetable-dodging centenarian who threw down the gauntlet to her peers.
For the fifth time, Blacker is the surname the Launceston Cup engraver will inscribe on the Group Three race’s trophy. But for the first time, George is not the forename because John scored the biggest win since tragedy struck his family.