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Tyzone Should Have Been Disqualified From the Straddie, Robbie Fradd Should Have Been Given 3 Months and a Massive Fine, and the Queensland Stewards Should Just Hang Their Heads in Shame

In footy if you commit a professional foul you get sent off, and you do in basketball if you flagrantly foul someone too.

In golf you lose the match if you break the rules by moving your ball.

Formula 1 drivers lose are disqualified if they jump the start, and are so are 100 metre sprinters at the Olympics.

Swimmers in the breastroke at the Games are out of the race if they use a freestyle kick, and if a walker breaks into a job they are too.

It’s called cheating, and it’s not on in any sport.

Any sport except horse racing it seems.

The whip rule was introduced some years ago as an animal welfare measure, to prevent undue harm to race horses.

Under these universally known and understood rules, a jockey is prohibited from striking their mount with the stick more than five times before the 100 metre mark.

Yesterday in the Straddie, jockey Robbie Fradd absolutely thrashed Tyzone with the whip all the way down the straight, and hit it 16 times before the field reached the 100 pole.


Look at the replay and count them.

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!


Eleven more strikes than any rider, including Robbie Fradd, was allowed.

Fradd broke the whip rule wilfully and deliberately, and without any care or concern whatsoever for Tyzone’s welfare.

In my view he should be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

At the very least he and his mount should have been disqualified from the Stradbroke Handicap, and Fradd should have been outed for at least 3 months and issued a fine of a hefty five-figure sum.

Michael Walker was.

He copped a $10 000m whack and a seven meeting suspension for whipping Prince of Arran 12 times before the hundred in last year’s Cup, and Robbie Fradd hit Tyzone four more times than that again.

Fradd cheated.

Pure and simple.

He cheated, and it won him a Group 1 race, and the Stewards let him do it.

Fradd’s minimum winning riders fee was over ten grand.

All he copped was a $500 fine.

Obviously afraid of a totally justified outcry from the animal activists, Chief Steward Peter Chadwick seemingly deliberately withheld details of the the number of times Fradd flogged Tyzone from the Official Stewards Report.

This from the number 1 racing integrity official on the course, a man who has the protection of the welfare of all racing animals as his one of the fundamental, non-negotiable requirements of his role.


This is an absolute disgrace.

The whip rule is nothing but a joke, and so is Chadwick.

But it gets worse.

Take a close look at just HOW Robbie Fradd was whipping Tyzone.

He belted him roundhouse around the forequarters.


He jabbed the whip back-handed full force into his guts.


He raised his arm above head-height, in flagrant breach of the rules.


And then he smashed him on the neck and head.


Why do you reckon Fradd was using his stick in such an odd and unlawful way?

I reckon I know.

It rhymes with Carp.

This is absolutely outrageous.

Anyone who loves animals should be screaming from the rooftops.

Connections of the other runners should be heading for the courts.

Punters who backed the 2nd horse should be getting a refund.

And the Stewards should just hang their heads in shame.




A Whole Lot of Baloney About a Bloke Who’s Name Isn’t Even Moloney


It seems that I write a story almost every second week about Ryan Maloney being replaced on a mount because he’s overweight, and I have to admit it becomes frustrating.

When are the Queensland Stewards going to get serious and dish Maloney out a suspension for his repeated infractions of the rules, like they have recently to fellow jockeys like Les Tilley?

Probably when they learn to spell his name I guess.


How a Soft Track Can Be Far Too Firm – And an Alleged Racing Editor Can Be a Bit of a Herm


The track at Eagle Farm was officially rated as a Soft 5 on Saturday afternoon.

A soft track – once known as dead – is a track with a reasonable amount of give in it.

That means that it is not firm.

So why did Andrew Mallyon say this about the beaten favorite Snowzone that he rode in the second last race?

And why would such a skilled and experienced racing journalist that Nathan Exelby swears to be not say to him “Um, Andrew. It was a wet track mate”?


I am far too much in awe of Racin Nathan’s greatness to risk embarrassment by asking what appears so obvious a question that there must surely be a catch.

Given the way he’s been looking at me on the odd occasion that our paths have crossed in George Street lately I don’t think old Nath likes me overly anyway, so if I raised the issue directly he’d probably run to his favourite coppers and claim that I was picking on him.

I am however most curious about how such a star journo like the wage slave Sexy Exy could print something so weird and wacky.

Do you reckon Bernie might ask him the question for me?

PS: I wonder why Mallyon didn’t say anything about the firm track to the Stewards?


Don’t most racing writers and editors work on a Wednesday?

David Fowler’s Allergy to Picking Photo Finish Results Appears Incurable

Brisbane’s number 4 race caller David ‘(fogged up) Goggles’ Fowler* is a man who just seems to hate a camera, particular one that is pointed at race horses as they cross the finish line in races that he happens to be calling.

We’ve commented many times about Goggles’s reluctance to give listeners a steer by picking the bob in a photo finish, and he was up to his old tricks again at Eagle Farm this afternoon.

There were 9 races on the card, and Goggles failed to have a crack at calling six photos. It’s not a bad effort from a bloke who’s paid well to inform punters how the horse they’ve backed has fared, is it?

Let’s take a look at this afternoon’s Oliver the Optometrist sponsored Goggles Hall of Lame.


Race 1 – Goggles calls it a photo for third, even though there’s a clear neck between the 3rd and 4th placed horses.


Race 2 – Goggles correctly calls Kuttamurra Al the winner live as they cross the line, but when Sky throw up the slow mo of the finish you see above he for some reason tries to back out, declaring “ooh it’s tight!”.

It wasn’t. Kuttamurra Al won clearly.


Race 3 – Goggles stays out of the photo for second, despite there being a clear half-head margin between the 2nd and 3rd placed horses.

Race 4 – There are wide gaps between the first 4 horses home, so Goggles gets a rest from regular indecision.


Race 5 – Matt McGillivray hooks Boom Boy out from the back and takes it to the extreme outside. It’s clear that the horse is going to be in the finish from at least the 300 metre mark, but Goggles fails to spot it and only calls it once the entire length of the straight, when they are about 120m from home.

Boom Boy wins clearly. Goggles declares it too tight to call.

Race 6 – Hooray! Goggles finally gets one right. It wasn’t hard.


Race 7 – Our man bounces back to form by declaring it a photo finish for third. The 3rd horse actually beats the 4th placegetter by a long neck.

Race 8 – No close finishes in this one, so by default Goggles gets it right.


Race 9 – The day finishes as it started. Goggles is unable to see that the horse in yellow on the outside has hung on for third, even though Blind Freddie and his uncle Sightless Steve have picked it from the stand.

* Brisbane’s top 5 race callers in order:

  1. Terry Spargo
  2. Chris Barsby
  3. Bunny Brasch
  4. Josh Fleming
  5. Goggles