Category: The Gallops

The Rock n’ Roll Rocky Rort Job Just Gets Worse – Watch This Replay – And Try Not to Retch

I won’t insult your intelligence by telling you that a jockey who puts a $2.70 favourite four-wide and then goes forward, back, forward without really going anywhere is deliberately trying to keep it there.

I won’t try to explain why either.

If you can’t work that out for yourself, you should give up punting.

All I will tell you are three things.


This is Grubby Day’s mount Miss Star.

This is Race 6 at Rockhampton yesterday.

And doesn’t this below look familiar.

Watch the video.

Try not to vomit.


If You Don’t Think Central Queensland Racing is Rotten, Then Watch This – And Think Again

If this race isn’t red hot, then I’m not here.

Let me talk you through it.

We’re looking at Race 2 at Rockhampton yesterday.

The $2.05 favourite is Oswana, the horse in the yellow with red cap, ridden by Elyce Smith for her brother Tom.

It’s trying.

Everything else is trying to get it beaten, or at least 3 jockeys – and maybe 4 – are.

Here is where the field is shortly after they round the turn and enter the straight.


Note particularly where Les Tilley, Zoe White and Stephanie Lacy are.

Then look what happens next.

Lacy steers her mount out.

Tilley steers his in.

They open up a gap for White.


Lacy and Tilley give Beau Appo (in the purple, white cap) the Malachi crunch.

But look where they are looking.

Lacy is looking at the favourite.

Tilley is looking at horse on the rail with the white cap and pink pom pom.

And what is Zoe White doing?

She’s looking at the horse on the inside with the pom-pom too.

And steering her own horse sideways, just like Lacy.

But shouldn’t she be looking straight ahead and shooting the gap?


Tilley straightens his mount up and decks the fave.

He nearly tips Elyce Smith over.

Now Appo is looking over at the fave.

White’s made sure she’s well clear.


Elyce Smith gets the fave balanced again, but she’s lost the vital length, and through no fault of her own.

Tilley is looking over at pom-pom again.

Lacy starts steering hers out once more.

Pom-pom’s jockey Jason Taylor – now that’s a surprise – begins to angle over the second horse’s heels, and why wouldn’t he?

It’s like he’s George Moore and he’s blown the whistle.


Taylor and pom-pom get through.

White’s walker is gone.

Tilley’s camel has done its job and is fading out.

Appo is not interested.

Lacy’s not either.

Elyce Smith is, but the check has cost her the race.


Taylor and pom-pom – whose real name is Beach Road – win.

Poor young Elyce Smith, her brother, and favourite punters get nutted.

Lacy gets interested again after letting pom-pom out, and starts riding her mount again, and it finishes third.

Integrity and the sport of racing run last.


QUESTION: Who is the Better Trainer? Chris Waller or Chris Anderson? – ANSWER: Mark Johnstone

Mark Johnstone will saddle eight runners in Charleville on May 9 ...

A lot of people reckon that Chris Anderson is a good trainer.

Even more reckon that Winxy Waller is.

They are.

But there is a man out in Charleville who is better.

It’s no surprise really. My old man’s from Charleville, and so’s Chris Garrard’s brother-in law. Ben Currie’s old man Boof’s from there too, and Moods is from just down the road. It’s a place of train lines, talent and breeding and training genius.

The best of them all is Mark Johnstone.

He can spark up a horse – any horse – and get it absolutely flying.

Waller had Whiskey Apple and it couldn’t go a yard. Anderson had it too, and it still couldn’t. Sally Torrens and Sue Bigg aren’t as well known as the big boys, but they couldn’t shock us all by getting the middle aged gelding to win.

43 starts old Whiskey had, without getting even close to troubling the judge.

He ran last at Armidale, last at Scone, second last at Tamworth, third last at Narromine and Gunnedah, and out of the placings at tracks from Kembla to Caloundra. The further out of town he got, the slower Whiskey went too. In his 5 starts last prep the camel wearing a horse suit got beat 70 something lengths all up, an average of a 15 odd length drubbing every time he went around.

Then he goes our to Jukebox at Charleville and goes bang, boom, bang, bang boom, and before you know it old Whiskey’s fence has gone from 4-7-9-0-0 to 2-1-3-2-3. and he’s got almost $12 grand in the purse, and every bugger in town’s getting pissed at the Corones pub on Jukebox’s shout, and Bob’s every bludger’s uncle.

He’s a genius Mark Johnstone.

The best trainer in Australia, bar none.

If they’d given him Winx he would have cleaned up Royal Ascot with her, won a race every day for 5 days over the Carnival like Phar Lap, by a minimum of 20 lengths a turn. She would have the Arc by 40, the Japan Cup by 50, the Breeders in Yankee land by 100, and the Hong Kong Sprint by 150 on her way home.

That’s how good Jukebox is.

Did you see old Whiskey’s win by 18 lengths out at the ‘Ville a couple of months ago? I wrote about it right here, the day after, and predicted he’d be coming to Brissie to take the Straddie by half the length of the straight, and backed him for plenty pre-post at the $1000 with the Former King of the Brisbane Rails Ring too.

But Jukebox was too smart for me.

He kept the champ at home. The Cup’s his goal you see. That and the Everest.

Whiskey’s going to win them both, and by keeping the Apple under the trees out there in the bush he’s bloody beaten the handicapper too, although I haven’t had the heart to tell him yet the Everest is weight for age.

It won’t matter though.

There will be sparks a’ flying at Randwick on Big E day, and the electricity at Flemington as he comes home half a furlong in front of the Sheik’s blueys is just gunna set the joint jumping  as the jack flash rolls in.

Goodbye Mick and Billy, farewell Lester McHare

It’s a long way to HQ Mary, but Jukebox harp’s right there.




Archie Dreams About the First Day of the Adam Hyeronimus Stewards Inquiry in His Sleep

So Mr Hyeronimus, you and this Paine character are cousins are you?


And what does he do

Works in the stables, straps, rides a bit of work

Who does he work for?

Gai. Or he used to anyway. His Dad still does. He’s that crazy gut in the fruity suit who came running through the mounting yard like a pork chop on Slipper day, and and tried to hump Adrian Bott’s leg.

Oh, that idiot. Is her your uncle?


Says a lot. Who do you ride most for?


Who’s her hubby?


And her son?


What do they do?

Dunno. Live off Big Bill’s money?

Yes they do, or more correctly Bill’s and his half of the loot he and his brother stole from widow of the third Waterhouse brother, but enough of that. Now to this cousin of yours and the work he does mucking out boxes. Pays alright does it?

Nah, terrible. He only clears about a grand a week. I get that for 5 rides.

Is that why over the course of the last 4 years you’ve slung him a poultice? To help him out?

Nah, that money was mine. He was just holding on to it for me.

But Mr Hyeronimus, in the online reference of all these transactions you typed “Savings” or “Gift”?

Oh, that was just code for ‘hang on this one for the pub crawl on Sunday night’ – that’s the Gift one – and ‘Don’t give me this until the next morning when I’m sober, and make sure you walk me straight down to the bank’.’

The money was in the bank though son, do you really expect us to believe that?

Believe what you want boss. It’s true.

Piffle boy. Absolute tripe. You were giving it to your cuzzie bro to punt with weren’t you? To punt for you?

No way squire! I don’t punt. I’m a jockey, I’m not allowed to.

Well look here, at the bank statements. You give in to Paine, he transfers it into a different account of his, and then he whacks it into Sportsbet. Why would he be doing that if you weren’t punting?

Because he’s a dumb arse, gee. That’s why he shovels horse manure for a living. Think about it for a second. Who the hell with half a brain would be betting with Sportsbet? Their prices are unders, their boosts are crap, they don’t have extra head or bet back, there’s no backup or best fluc, and their website’s a joke. If it was my money it would be going straight into Neds, no question at all. Any intelligent person’s would.

You’re a hundred percent correct on that Hyeronimus, but we don’t rate you as any Einstein either, and no doubt that Shannon from Neds would have you pegged a mile away. He’s the smartest bloke in racing, bar none. So we don’t buy your story. It was your punting bank for sure, wasn’t it, and cousin Blake was your bowler.

No way! No. No. No. I would never do such a thing. I don’t punt.

You do know that we have your phone don’t you jock?

One of them.

And your bank records.


Alright. Let’s talk Limbo Soul.


Wednesday 22nd of February 2017. Rosehill. Race 2.

Oh yeah. How’d did it go.

It won.


Wow indeed Hyeronimus. Congratulations on the ride. It was backed from $20 into $3.20.

Gee that’s a big go.

Big price too for a horse that came out and ran 5th in a Group 2 next time out against Tulip and Alizee. Would you agree?

If I was a punter I might Chief. But I know nothing.

Do you know Sally Snow?


TAB Head Trader. Boss of price setting. Used to work for R. Waterhouse. He’s a mate of of her Dad’s from the Fine Cotton days. She calls him Uncle Rob.

Nah, never heard of her.

These bets your cousin is putting on for you aren’t the real thing here are they Mr H?

Waddya mean?

You’re just tacking on to the big money. Doing a bit on the side, over and above your sling.

I don’t getcha?

Limbo Soul was backed from 20’s in 9-4. You had a lousy 500 bucks on it. Where did the real money come from? Whose money was it?

I don’t bet sir, wouldn’t know.

Now I want you to watch this video.

Pretty easy lead wasn’t it?

Sort of. Yeah.

Brenton Avdulla took the second favourite Memento straight out the back?


You and Avdulla are mates aren’t you?

Sort of.

You sure?


Where do you reckon we got the idea to have a look at your phone from?

No way!

Way. Now watch Avdulla’s ride. He goes back, he goes to the fence, and he doesn’t really try does he?

Nah, he’s just a victim of bad luck.

Sure Mr H, sure. Let me show you a few freeze frames.



That’s your old mate (ha ha) Avdulla coming up on the inside. You are about 3 or 4 lengths in front of him. But he’s not looking at you. He’s looking across. At what?

Dunno, you will have to ask him.

We already have.


Here’s another one. See Avdulla’s hands? What do you think he’s doing?

Um. No comment.


No comment hey? Roll it forward, and here we are at the 250 mark. What do you think that Avdulla is doing with his reins and hands?

No idea.

Aren’t you a jockey Hyeronimus?

Well sort of. Maybe not for much longer.


Now we are at the 200. Mr Avdulla is not very keen is he?

Probably just having an off day. Animal welfare and all that.

It’s a bit hard for him to spot you that much start isn’t it?


How did yours come up at $21 in the opening betting market again lad?

Sally Snow wound it in for Rob.

I beg your pardon? Could you say that again?

Um, ah, er, um. Zeljko’s bound to be on the job. You know, that Russian bloke. World’s biggest gambler.

He’s Tasmanian. And he bets on percentages and rebates, not boat race kid.

I wouldn’t know. I’ve never met him.

Most people haven’t. Now let’s have a look at the ride of Josh Parr on Za Zi Ba shall we?


It’s the one in the white with black cap.



No coming around the turn Parr has enough room to steer a bus through that gap, doesn’t he?

That’s a matter of opinion. Maybe a semi-trailer, but I’d not sure about a bus.


For some reason though Mr Parr decides to steer the third favourite to the inner, doesn’t he?

Probably got blinded by the sun boss.



Indeed. Let’s have a look at Mr Clark on Mahaja. Would you agree that there was plenty of room for an accomplished international Group 1 winning jockey to pop in?

Dunno. I’ve never ridden overseas. No-one will gave be for some reason.


Would it surprise you to learn that Mr Clark elected to stay wide rather than pop his horse in one off the fence.

Nothing surprises me in racing anymore.

Us either Hyeronimus us either. What about this ride of Glyn Schofield’s? He’s in the one in the blue, inside the one on the red and yellow.



What about it?

Put yourself in jockey Schofield’s shoes for a moment Mr Hyeronimus. What reason would there be for you to take a sustained look to your left and behind, when clearly there is room for a run for the roses both right in front of you, and around the heels of the horse in two-tone green?

Animal welfare, for sure. That or rider safety.


Would you expect Mr Schofield to go up in the irons and ease, when there is a gap six miles wide to sail through?

Maybe he’s afraid of water.

Or perhaps Sir, he just prefers Snow?

No comment.

Do you know Deputy Chief Steward Birch socially?

Never heard of him.

He’s the man here to my left.

That mug? Nah, only time I’ve ever seen him is up at the Landsborough Pub when he used to be putting bets on as a runner for Steve Fletcher.

Thank you Mr Hyeronimus.

Thank you Sir. is quite a useful resource they tell me.


See you tomorrow.

Inquiry adjourned until 9.00 am Tuesday.

Another Stroke of Chadwick Genius


Queensland’s Chief Steward just gets better and better with every week.

See that horse Jadentom that raced three wide without cover?

It didn’t.

The horse was never any wider throughout the race than one off the fence.

Chadwick has confused it with Sukwhinder, the horse that is out three wide in front of Jadentom contesting for the lead.


It’s an easy mistake to make I guess.

If you think spots are stars, and ignore the sleeves and cap.

David Fowler made a similar one earlier in the day, in his 4TAB call of race 7, where he called the dead-heat winner Quantico into third.

At least he will never pick up on Peter Chadwick’s mistakes, not the Chief Steward on his.

God Save the Queen.

For seemingly nothing can save Brisbane racing.

A Million Questions About the State of Stewarding – And Gee, Isn’t Larry Cassidy Tough?

Rancho Man on the inside was third across the line

What is going on in the Stewarding ranks in Queensland at the moment?

How could the Stewards get the placings wrong in the race above at Marburg?

Why is Paul Gillard, who was appointed to role of Chief Steward at the Gold Coast just 4 months ago, back working in Townsville?

Why is Wade Hadley, who joined the staff at the QRIC just two months ago, after being forced to resign from Racing Victoria for sending unwanted lewd texts to an apprentice jockey, seemingly now the Chief Steward at the Gold Coast?

What sort of look is it for Queensland racing when the state’s Chief Steward is continually forced to stand himself down from officiating on certain races, because a bloke Peter Chadwick owned horses with up to and including the day he was appointed to the top job has a runner in the race?

Why did Jason Taylor put his whip away between the 250 and 100m marks on the $3.70 second favourite To Dem With Love in race 3 at the Gold Coast on Saturday, when he had used it just three times and when he did the horse surged forward almost a length and looked a huge chance of winning?

Even more importantly, why did Wade Hadley fine Jason Taylor for using the whip 7 times on the horse, when he clearly didn’t?

Why didn’t Hadley place a bar on the $1.45 favourite Invictus Prince, who was beaten into 4th place in race 5, given the King of the Coast (rider Dan Griffin) told him that the horse didn’t feel right in its action, a summation that anyone who watches the replay can clearly see is spot on and correct?

How on earth could James McDonald’s 3 week suspension for failing to ride Threeood on its merits a fortnight ago be sliced in half, when it should have been quadrupled?

How did J-Mac get the appeal heard so quickly?


Who did Jake Bayliss think he was kidding when he took two sustained looks down the  side of Clever Miss down the straight in race 8 at the Sunshine Coast yesterday, as if he thought the horse had suffered a problem, and then started riding it once he knew it was out of winning contention?

Does Bayliss realise that he gave himself up by looking at the rear legs the first time, and the front the next?

Why did the Stewards fall so easily for his blatant sucker trick?


Why wasn’t Phat Beats issued with a bar requiring a veterinary certificate prior to it racing again, after the $3.90 dropped out to finish 10 lengths behind the winner in second-last place in race 9?

How the hell were trainers Tony Sears and Daryl Hansen only fined $100 for failing to advise that their horses Jet a One and Phat Beats had been gelded prior to racing, when the whole world knows – or discovered afterwards – that being gelded is the ultimate gear change?

This one is not a Stewarding question, but how the hell did Larry Cassidy manage to steer Irish Ace around the course in race 6 when he was clearly concussed and only semi-conscious after the horse had reared at the start and he’d cracked his scone hard on the top of the barriers?

How far should it have won by?

And how much was Luke Tarrant kidding himself thinking that a head butt from a glass pipe loving midget was going to hurt a tough as teak Kiwi like Cassidy?

What the Hell Was Going on in This Race? – I’m Sure There Was an Innocent Explanation – Perhaps I’ll Find it Under the Pillow

The last race at Caloundra yesterday was a most peculiar affair, very strange indeed, if you know what I mean.

Taylor Marshall rode against instructions, and completely contrary to the $8 pop Soaring Heart’s usual racing pattern, when he hunted the horse out of the barrier and surged to the lead.

When the $14 shot Galaxy Guru suddenly picked up and surged at the 200m mark, its jockey Brad Pengelly appeared for all the world to ride the horse up on the rail when there wasn’t a single inch of room. Of course he got checked out, and went to the line under a grip.

Ron Stewart seemed to steer, or allow, the $8.50 runner Vienna Moon to drift about 3 horses off its line toward the outside when he had the heavily backed $3.10 favourite Green Jacket pocketed behind him, and by doing so let that horse through to win. Once the horse had shifted Stewart put his whip away, and didn’t use it again until a stride before the line.

I don’t know what the hell Anthony Allen was doing, but it looked for all the world as if he was watching for the second favourite Enterprise Moss, who Pengelly had cut off at shoved into the rail at 1200m, even though that horse was at least 6 horse widths to his outside.

If you didn’t believe in the integrity of Queensland racing like I do, you’d almost swear that this race was red hot.

Not me though.

I still put my teeth that are falling out under the pillow.


Three Good Reasons Why the Queensland Chief Steward Must Go


Much ado has been made about Marnu Potgeiger being granted a license to ride in Queensland while he (and we) await the determination of charges laid against him when he was caught red-handed stomach tubing the horse Jamaican Rain on Cup Day morning 2019, just hours before the horse was due to race at Flemington.

So it should be too.

The case may not have been finalised yet, and Potgeiger and his then employer, trainer Richard Laming, may not have been punished yet either, but Posty is as good for it as Ronald Biggs was of committing the Great Train Robbery, and everyone on racing except the QRIC knows it.

What most people don’t know though is that wasn’t the first time that Potgeiger and Laming lied and cheated.

Read this.


What you have just read is an extract from a Victorian Racing Tribunal decision delivered on 21 April 2020.

The decision relates to a long running case about cobalt reading more than double the allowable 100 micogram threshold that was recorded by Laming’s horse Iam Ekstraordinary after it won a race at Ballarat on the 23rd of May 2018.

Potgeiger was not charged, only Laming, but it clear that the Stewards are alleging the the now licensed Queensland jockey colluded with Laming to forge the treatment book for the horse in an attempt to provide some form of excuse for it’s crazy high cobalt reading, and that Potgeiger then uttered this fraudulent document (the treatment book) to the Stewards, knowing that it had been doctored and was false.

Charge or no charge, this is an extremely serious allegation that the Stewards have made, and it strikes right to the heart of questions about Marnu Potgeiger’s character.

When you add this to the other – and far more recent – charge laid against Potgeiger for being caught drenching a horse on race day, it is very difficult to mount a case as to why he should have been granted a license by the QRIC to ride in Queensland, and why he should retain it.

Clearly this man is an integrity risk.

If he is allegedly willing to doctor treatment books and stomach tube horses – acts which the prima facie evidence strongly suggest that he performed – how can any punter or racing participant ever have any confidence about any horse that Potgeiger rides?

Why is he riding at all?

We all make mistakes.

The QRIC have made one here.

It’s never too late to fix them though.

Marnu Potgeiger should be stripped of his license by lunchtime.

And what about Richard Laming?

On Saturday afternoon he was permitted by the Queensland authorities to enter and start Jamaican Rain – the very horse that he and Potgeiger were caught tubing, on Cup Day of all days – in the Listed $125 000 Bright Shadow Stakes at Eagle Farm.

When Ben Currie was alleged to have done wrong, long before he was ever tried, convicted and punished, the NSW racing chief Peter V’Landys took quick and decisive action to prevent him from nominating or running horses in NSW, and the whole world applauded.

Yet here we have Richard Laming, who is accused of nothing less than Currie was at the time, and a whole lot more – Ben Currie was never caught tubing – being allowed to race in Queensland, and bring our industry into disrepute.

On the same day the ongoing embarrassing spectacle of our Chief Steward having to disqualify himself from officiating on races in which one of the co-owners of the horse that he himself once owned – while a Steward! – continued, with Chadwick standing himself down from the panel for Race 6.

Meanwhile, up in Townsville, Marnu Potgeiger was booting home a double.

This is a joke, a really bad one at that.

The buck stops at the top.

Peter Chadwick has proven himself incapable of managing integrity in this State.

The Chief Steward must go.


A Tale of Two Principal Racing Authorities – A Little Story About Uneven Scales, and the 10 Grand a Week Good Life – If You Can Get It

As a result of the restructure of the State’s racing administration in the wake of the live baiting scandal, Queensland is now in the quite unique situation of having two Principal Racing Authorities, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) and Racing Queensland (RQ).

The QRIC employs 159 people.

Racing Queensland employs just 85.

The main focus of RQ’s work is administrative, and prior to the Coronavirus the predominance of its staff worked out of a single office at Deagon.

The QRIC’s focus on the other hand is operational, meaning that its staff work from locations around Queensland, and are widely spread and dispersed.

It would be fair to say that due to its size and spread, the complexity of the work it performs, and the acute interest in its activities by the media, managing the QRIC would be a considerably more difficult exercise that managing Racing Queensland.

So why is it that RQ CEO Brendan Parnell gets paid $120 000 a year more than the QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett?


QRIC executive management salaries (above)

Racing Queensland executive management salaries (below)


Why is it that seven managers at Racing Queensland – including the Sales Manager, the Special Projects Manager (whatever they do), the Construction Manager, the PR Manager, and the HR Manager – are paid more than $200 000 a year, but no-one other than the Commissioner is at the QRIC?

This is not a spruik for a pay rise for Ross Barnett, or for any of his staff.

It’s simply a legitimate question about why Racing Queensland’s leaders see fit to pay themselves so much.

Given the slash and burn approach taken to abolishing rich Winter Carnival races that owners have paid big money to nominate their horses for in the expectation of racing for big returns, and the general across the board cuts to stakes purses, it would be very interesting to know if Racing Queensland’s executives have borne their share of the COVID-19 pain by accepting a temporary pay cut themselves.

Other sports administrators and leaders in codes like Rugby League, Union, Cricket, Soccer and the AFL have, and the players in these sports have too. Their leaders are leading by example.

What odds will you bet me about the same sacrifice having being made by the top brass at Racing Queensland.

Or that they haven’t?

Anyone willing to frame a market?


I guess no-one is that silly.

More than half a million bucks a year for Pins Parnell hey?

Ten grand a week.

It’s a good life if you can get it.

Don’t you worry about that.