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The Greatest Scandal in NSW Racing This Century is About to Explode – And What You Learn Over the Coming Weeks and Months Will Shock You to the Core – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow – An Archie Butterfly Exclusive

And so it begins.

Does anyone remember the series of stories I published last year on the subscription site archiebutterfly.com about the Sally Snow affair?

For those who don’t, or who didn’t read it, I wrote that the reasons for the sacking of Sally Snow from her role as the senior odds-setter for the TAB were far, far more deeper and more serious than most people realised, and that when the lid was lifted off the scandal the repercussions would resonate wide and far across racing in NSW, and – to a slightly lesser extent – Victoria, and perhaps even Queensland.

In the series of articles I suggested that some very well-known names in racing – some of the biggest – would be embroiled in the scandal, and that they would include Group 1 winning jockeys, nationally known trainers, and at least one infamous bookmaker whose name was known across the land.

None of this was supposition. I don’t make up fairy tales, I don’t have the imagination, and in racing you don’t need to, for the truths in the game we love are always much, much stranger than fiction.

Coronavirus delayed the long running, and even more long ranging, cross border investigation into matters related to Sally Snow’s dismissal by Tabcorp after the NSW Stewards warned her off racecourses for refusing to produce and hand over her private mobile phones (yes, phones).

There were very good personal reasons for Sally Snow’s decision not to hand over the devices, even though she knew full well that it would mean the end of her career as a corporate bookmaking behemoth’s front woman. These reason’s weren’t related to her individual privacy, but rather to an intense desire not to holiday in Long Bay.

Racing NSW probe link between Sally Snow and Unibet bookmaker

Sadly for Sally (above) though, the investigators already had them. Not the physical phones, but the mirrors, and all the contacts contained on them, and all the texts, calls and mistakenly believed to be encrypted messages made to and from them. The joint police task force had been all over her and her friends for more than 12 months, even though neither she nor they knew it. The cops only asked the Stewards to use their powers to request the phones to make a good thing of it, and to test her hand.

They got the result they expected, and all it was cost Snow her job and her reputation, and confirm to the investigators that their conclusions were 100 percent correct and firming.

A month or two later Sally Snow’s husband Nathan was stopped at customs and detained by border control officers when returning an overseas trip. Nathan Snow’s phones and devices were seized, including those that it is believed were registered in another person’s name.

Around the same time the NSW Stewards demanded that prominent and oft controversial racing identity Steve Fletcher hand his private telephones over to them.

Fletcher complied with the direction, but almost immediately – for reasons that will become abundantly clear over the coming months – lodged an application to the Supreme Court of NSW seeking to restrain the Stewards from accessing or using any information on the phones other than that related directly to the Sally Snow inquiry.

His court application also sought a direction that Stewards provide him with the specific details of the inquiry, and the details of which aspects of it they wished to access limited information from his phone for.


The NSW Stewards didn’t fall for that trick.

They fought the case.

In April last year Fletcher won.


The Supreme Court ordered that only specific information contained on Fletcher’s phone could be accessed by the racing officials, and then only in circumstances whereby Fletcher was advised why.


The Stewards immediately lodged an appeal of the decision with the NSW Supreme Court of Appeal.

In February of this year the Court of Appeal handed down its decision.

This time the Stewards won.

By unanimous decision of the three appeal judges, the Racing NSW Stewards were now permitted to access all of the information on Fletcher’s phones, without telling him why.


The die was cast, and the wave of summonses to appear before the Stewards on rule breach charges, and the consequent and/or concurrent flood of police arrests were about to commence.

Then the coronavirus hit, and everything went into abeyance.

But none of it went away.

Last week the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Today jockey Adam Hyeronimus has been charged with multiple betting offences.

Look closely at the rule breach charges that the rider has been hit with.

Hyeronimus has not charged with placing bets himself, but rather with having beneficial interests in bets placed on his behalf.

You can take one guess as to who placed the bets on the jockeys beneficial behalf, and why.

This is Steve Fletcher (below).

His picture is only published in this story because he’s handsome.

Supreme Court grants Racing NSW right to inspect phone of pro ...

The person who (allegedly) placed the bets is not the principal of the large scale race-fixing and price manipulation operation that is soon to become a front page headline across the country, and unleash a storm that will reverberate across the racing land.

Here is a tip, and it’s a very strong one indeed.

To find a clue as to who the soon to be named alleged principal of what the Stewards will allege to be a highly crook, race hook cartel may be, one would be well advised to take a close look at the trainer or training partnership that Adam Hyeronimus has been most closely associated with throughout his career.

And then ask yourself who that trainer, or member of the training partnership, may share a bed with.

It’s not the trainer that I am suggesting will be alleged to be involved.

He, is not a she.

Here is another tip.

See the extract from the February 2020 Supreme Court of Appeal judgement that is published above?

To save you looking, I will print it again.


There is a highly skilled sand very experienced young racing Steward whose rapid rise to the top of his profession hit a huge speed bump when the ABC aired the infamous Four Corners report into live baiting in the greyhound industry.

That Steward’s employment was terminated by Racing Queensland in the wake of the scandal, even though it had nothing to do with him at all, and he knew nothing about the cruelty.

Sometime later, after returning from an ostensibly unsuccessful stint in a overseas racing jurisdiction, that Steward returned to Australia, and the widespread impression was that he was finished in the world of racing integrity, and unemployable in the industry.

Ever heard the adage about judging books by their covers? Or watched a boxing match and seen a fighter fall for a sucker punch?

The believed to be unemployable Steward got a job.

As a runner placing TAB bets for Steve Fletcher.

He wasn’t much good at it, but he never intended to be.

Enron alert to Steve Fletcher – there is always a smarter man in every room.

He’s usually the one pretending to be dumb.

After leaving Fletcher’s employment, the unemployable racing Steward returned to the racing industry as a Steward.

Not just any Steward either.

Wade Birch became the Deputy Chief Steward of NSW Racing.

For those who have been asking how and why, your mystery is now solved.

Birch sprints to top job | Sunshine Coast Daily

And if you believed me when I was publicly asking how and why, then you are as silly as Steve Fletcher.

Sorry for misleading you, but once I worked out what was going on, long before anyone else who wasn’t part of the covert operations did, I made a professional and ethical decision to run dead and play dumb, even though it meant writing things that I knew not to be true.

It worked too.

The man who will be named as the alleged principal contacted me out of the blue. I’d never spoken to or met him before.

He invited me to lunch, but I politely declined, telling him that I was in Northern NSW at the time on an assignment seeking to locate and interview people who had gone to the school with the demon who committed the Christchurch massacres, which was true.

The man then arranged for me to brunch with his representative in Byron Bay, a former young tyro bookie at the Gold Coast, who I knew – without the man knowing I knew – now worked as a TAB runner for Steve Fletcher.

I met the former bookie, and played dumb to him, and crazy too. In fact I dropped a pill and smoked two joints on the way to meet the bookie, just to make a good thing of it. It didn’t effect me – I was a street kid after I got raped; I learned early how to handle my drugs – but it fooled him, so much so that, deciding that I knew nothing and was merely a hit and miss merchant, he even tried to leave me with the bill.

Good luck on that one.

He had none, but now I knew for sure that what I’d worked out was 100% right.

I’m a straight, clean racing man.

I always have been, and I always will be.

I don’t talk to police, ever, so they’re safe in that respect, but I know the story and I’m not afraid to write it, and within the confines of the law I will.

Hyeronimus has been in career-best form this year.

Here is one last tip for now.

There is a leading NSW jockey who bears a striking resemblance to Adam Hyeronimus (above).

Or did until last week, when that rider died his hair peroxide blonde.

Many in the media are viewing the hair colour change as a fashion mistake, and making the jockey’s altered appearance a matter of merriment and mirth.

To those innocents I say this.

It is now what you don’t know that defines you skill as an investigative journalist, it is what you do. And sometimes witnesses find it difficult to identify a person when their appearance has drastically changed.

Fukuoka, Japan. 4th Aug, 2018. Brenton Avdulla Horse Racing ...

The war is about to begin, and there will be many casualties along the way.

The snow will be stained red with racing blood.

Put on your helmets, buckle in, and watch this space.

And remember, you heard it all here first.

You always do.

Editor’s note – The licenced racing industry participant charged alongside Adam Hyeronimus is a young man named Blake Paine. He works for the same stable as the one I have identified in this story. So does his father Neil Paine, the man in the funny suit who breached the COVID-19 restrictions by racing across the Randwick mounting yard to hug Adrian Bott after Farnan won this year’s Slipper. Neil Paine – who is not alleged to have any knowledge of matters related to this story or the charges laid against his son – got off with a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket for his serious contravention of the NSW Government health directives and the Racing NSW coronavirus protocols. The Stewards had far bigger fish to fry.




Is Riding Horses Dead Becoming More Contagious Than the Coronavirus? – Or Is Too Much Zone-Induced X-Box Just Frying Young Jockey’s Brains?

We saw Baylee Nothdurft pull Vega One up a few weeks ago at the Sunshine Coast, and so did Blind Freddie and his 103 year-old Uncle Wilbur.

To the shock of many, the QRIC Stewards saw it too, and slapped Nothdurft with three months in the bin, commencing some time in 2023 or 20424, at the expiration of the stay of proceedings when his appeal gets finally heard.

Some thought the penalty a bit light, and it probably was, but I’m guessing that the Stewards were concerned that if they went any higher, they might get dusted by the Internal Reviewer Kane Ashby.

After all, Ashby had been outed himself for 6 months for pulling one up as an apprentice, so he’d be bound to have a decent dose of sympathy for Baylee. He might even regard him as a brother in arms. So three it was, and three it is, and the kid may even get to retire before he serves it, who knows?

If nothing else though, Nothdurft’s suspension should have served as a warning sign that the Stewards, now that they had so much extra time on their hands thanks to the virus, were finally starting to watch races, and some of them replays even, and that if they rode a horse dead too obviously, there was a fair chance that they might get caught.

The problem is that right now the young jockeys have a whole of free time on their hands too, and are far too busy killing zombies or winning GP’s on the  X-Box to see or hear any warning signs. So on the pull-ups go, and the only game in town is betting on whether the dead-un’s rider gets caught.

Transplanted Irish apprentice Chris Graham  -he’s still a 3 kilo claimer at age 26 – he’d have to be Irish – is the latest pull-up merchant to feature on television screens across the nation.

Graham’s ride on Pushing Shapes in race 6 at Ascot is classic of the genre.

The comedy genre, that is.

Pushing Shapes in the horse in the yellow sitting last.

Watch the replay here.

The WA Stewards have called Chris Graham in.

They’ve called the trainer Daniel Pearce in too.

That wouldn’t happen in Queensland.






If Baytlee Nothdurft Got Three Months For a Hook on Vega One, How Long Should Robbie Fradd Cop For Murder on Joymaker?

On Thursday Brisbane’s leading jockey Baytlee Nothdurft was suspended for rest of the season after the Stewards quite rightly found him guilty of failing to allow the lightly-weighted Stradbroke Handicap favourite Vega One to run on its merits first-up in a crap race at the Sunshine Coast .

The Stipes didn’t say it, but there is only one reason that a young man like Nothdurft would perform such a rule-breaking act, that being that someone told him that he had to do it. I’m not talking gun at a head or break your legs stuff, but rather a simple sentence that goes something like “Hey kid, do you want to ride a Straddie winner? Then ….. “

So it’s $1.10 that Nothdurft gave Vega One an easy run not for any nefarious betting purpose, but rather so that he could keep the ride on the horse in the big one.

The Kelly Schweida trained benchmark 70 galloper Joymaker certainly won’t be running in any Group 1 handicaps anytime soon, so there is only one reason I can think of that Robbie Fradd might have ridden the horse dead in race 5 at the Gold Coast yesterday if he did, and that – in an utterly hypothetical sense of course – is because it had been backed off the map from $8.50 into $3.60 while all the other runners blew, and it was in his or some other person’s interest for it to get beaten.


It’s a free world, and we all have our own opinions, so you watch the replay at the top yourself, and form an opinion about R. Fradd’s riding tactics on Joymaker for yourself.

If you come back to me after you watch the race, and try to tell me that Joymaker was ridden on its merits, I will however laugh at you.

The Steward or Stewards who keep protecting Fradd, by failing to question the jockey about his highly dubious rides on shorties, already have.

Laughed at you, that is.

They did it again today.




We’re Tough on Drugs up Here in Queensland, Punters – Don’t You Worry About That


In March 2015, greyhound trainer Anthony Hoyland was fined $1000 after one of his winning charges threw positive to Benzydamine, a banned in competition anti-inflammatory analgesic that some in the dog business reckon helps a super-fit though over-worked dog keep on trucking through its gears, without feeling any pain.

Ten months later, in January 2016, another A. Hoyland trained greyhound winner threw a positive swab, this time to Cobalt.

In the same year the famous gallops trainer Peter Moody would be suspended for 6 months for exactly the same offence, and the premiership winning harness reinsman Neale Scott – who had no priors in a 40 year career – copped 18 months on the sidelines (later reduced to 9 on appeal) when a horse he trained and drove at a picnic race day at Deagon threw positive to the big C too.

Anthony Hoyland must have been blessed by the bishop when he was a baby.

How else could you explain him only being outed for 12 weeks?

That Bishop must have been bloody Holy, for the gifts of his blessing of the Hoyland child live on all these years later.

In November last year a dog of Anthony Hoyland’s named Codrington Park threw a positive swab to the drug Dexthmesaone after winning a race at Albion Park.

Dexmethasone is nominally an anti-inflammatory drug, but that’s only part of the story, because it’s also one of most widely used pep-pills in cancer treatment. The medical staff use it to give chemo patients and final stage cancer victims a kick to combat the fatigue and the other drugs.

I know – I nursed my Mum and Dad full-time through cancer for almost a decade, and they were given it heaps. It worked wonders too. Mum would drop a pill and go from being almost a total invalid, to getting up and wanting to go to the pokies withing hours.

It’s not coke or meth, but it’s damn good gear that Dexamethasone.

Last year a galloper trained by a smalltimer called Col Thurston swabbed positive to the drug in a lowly race at Gilgandra.

Col was a cleanskin, but the stipes suspended him for three months.

Just six months ago a winner prepared by a Perth trot trainer named Aden De Campo threw up a positive to Dexamethasone.

De Campo had 2 priors; he copped six months.

Anthony Hoyland has two priors too.

Last Friday the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards handed down Hoyland’s punishment for positive swab strike three, Dexamethasone.

It was a suspended sentence.

Hoyland won’t spend a single day on the sidelines.

We’re tough on Drugs up here in Queensland, punters.

Don’t you worry about that.





It’s Hard to Keep Your Faith in Harness Racing When Things Like This Happen – What Are You Backing in the Next?


Reinswoman Sofia Arvidsson – dead set, how good is Matt Craven going?

Wanna a see a very suss looking race? Just to see how coincidence can intersect with reality and create false impressions?

No, I’m not talking about how far the talented young trainer Matt Craven punches above his weight.

I’m referring to Race 6 at Terang tonight.

Watch it and weep, when you get the replay.*

There are six starters in the race after the scratchings, but according to the betting market it is really just a two horse race.

Crime Writer drawn the cherry is the 2-1 on ($1.50) favourite, and so it should be for the now 4-year-old competed at the elite level all the way through the juvenile and 3yo ranks. and has the notched of good  horses like Major Exclusive, Brevity, Always Fast, Out to Play, Fourbigmen, Struve and even the multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi colt Jesse Duke in his belt.

That’s good enough form to win a New Rating (NR) 68 to 79 race every day of the year, and although Crime Writer had a setback at the end of his Derby season, he’s had two starts back and won the most recent in a breeze. He looks the bet of the century.

One man’s bird is another man’s bunny in a punters world though, and plenty of non-believers have piled into the horse drawn on Crime Writer’s back, Im Shadow Boxer.

The logic is of course that the Boxer will sit on Crime Writer’s back, and if the fave goes too fast or gets tanked he might rush by, or if he goes too slow the Boxer might be able to crouch and ping him.

Both are not unreasonable assumptions, but things would have to really fall the sprint lane’s way for the dream to come true. Nevertheless they hoe in, and at the jump the pair go off at $1.55 and $2.50 respectively, with none of the other four under double figures, and only the mid-drawn pacers Yankee Lincoln at $12 and Onthecrestofawave at $19 even given a sixth of a show.

It’s a tough life the punt.

Crime Writer comes out of the gate like a crab, and within 100 metres his inside wheel starts wobbling like a jelly shake, and everyone bar the caller knows that he’s punctured a tyre or buckled a wheel.

Driver Sofia Arvidsson – who is, apropos of nothing but an old man’s dreams, the second most beautiful woman in harness racing, a short half head behind Kima – immediately knows that there is a problem too, and pulls Crime Writer up immediately.

The favourite is gonzo, and they haven’t even gone a furlong.

Things haven’t gone quite to plan for Im Shadow Boxer at the start; far from in fact. He’s missed out on the sweet seat, and he’s copped a bit of a prat from Crime Writer as the wheel goes, but all’s not lost, for he didn’t gallop and rising star young gun driver James Herbertson manages to pop into the one-one sit before another half-furlong passes.

Ho ho ho, the plungers who have backed the Boxer are thinking.

The favourite is out, he’s got two and a half seconds in speed on Onthecrestofawave on their best times, and Yankee Lincoln is first up for ten months and is bound to be only three-quarters fit.

The Boxer’s a certainty.

No he wasn’t.

Rather than doing what even the dumbest Indian would do and taking off around them to the lead, or in a worst case scenario the death, after Crime Writer retires from the race, Herberston decides instead to have a snooze.

He sits, and sits, and sits, and sits, and sits until he can sit no more without getting arrested, but by the time he goes wide from the back the leaders have turned the crawl into a sprint, and unless he can run a 54.4 second last half – which he can’t – the race is over. Dead, buried and cremated, just like the two faves tickets.

Despite the 2’s on fave being knocked out and the 6-4 shot only running third, some smart cookie gets the trifecta 20 times, and an even smarter bicky muncher nails the First 4 for four units.

I wish I knew what they knew.

I’m not suggesting that the race was red hot, nothing of the sort. I’m just saying is that when things like this happen, you struggle to keep the faith, that’s all.

What are you backing in the next?

* For some reason the replays and results for Terang are not going up in real time on the harness.org.au website tonight. I will post the replay of the race when it does.

The Scales of Justice Show Archie Was Spot On – Correct Weight on All Placings – Butterfly First, the Critics Last


The author at work, deep in thought about squatters, jumbucks, tucker bags, troopers, ghosts, grey hairs, QRIC Commissioners and incompetent Queensland racing officials

This afternoon while I was camped by a billabong in the Barron Gorge, under the shade of a Coolibah tree and bereft of internet coverage to watch the races on while Maggie and the girls proved their sheer idiocy by climbing up a sheer mountain on the other side, I wrote a story about how Racing Queensland and QRIC’s independent failures had damaged public confidence in racing, and how the two bodies that run racing north of the Tweed had let us all down.

The story was about a half-head loser being officially declared the winner of race 4 at Emerald yesterday in error, and how the farce had resulted from a (tragi) comedy of errors by the joint yet severable Queensland Principal Racing Authorities.

In the story, I said this:


Numerous funding applications had been made to Racing Queensland for the repair or replacement of basic equipment such as barriers, rails, scales, jockey rooms and photo finish equipment (bold emphasis mine).

I wasn’t making it up.

Despite the commonly held opinion of subjects who have been sprung doing something wrong by my stories and want to deflect and cover up their sins for all they can, I never make stuff up.

My articles are researched, fact checked, and  – allowing for the reasonable margin of error that applies to any writer’s work – 99.9 percent of the time spot on the mark.

This one was too, for guess what happened just a couple of hours after I’d written and published the story?

The scales at the very next race meeting held in Queensland failed, and the Beaudesert club had to put its card back an hour while someone raced over from the closest race track and replaced them with theirs.

You couldn’t make it up if you tried.

I don’t.


Is This Integrity, or is it a Circus? – Are the Stewards Fair Dinkum, or Just Munching on Popcorn While Watching the Clowns?


This is the official Stewards Report from race 3 at the TAB meeting at Roma yesterday, the first leg of the Quaddie.

Yokia was the clear favorite for the race at odds of $3.30, or 9-4 in the old scale, and was expected to win the race, but something funny happened along the way.

The horse reared in the barrier just before the jump, but it appeared to go straight up and down without any issues, and it jumped away cleanly with the rest of the field.

Journeyman jockey Chris Bryen – who has been in more trouble than Flash Gordon over the years with Stewards – settled the horse in the middle toward the back of the leading pack, and it appeared to be traveling fine and looked a real chance of sweeping home over the top of them off the fast pace that the leaders were setting.

Then they reached the 500m mark and the something funny happened.

Bryen stopped riding Yokia, and eased it first to the outside, and then right down. Under his throttle hold it jogged to the line in last place, 18 lengths behind the leader.


Jockey Bryen told the Stewards that it didn’t feel right in its action, so he pulled it up.

He pulled it up alright, there’s no question about that, but was it a pull-up, or was it a pull up, if you know what I mean.

The vet on duty Dr Tim McClymont, a very able practitioner who is a managing partner of the busy Roma Vet Clinic, examined Yokia immediately after the race and could find nothing demonstrably wrong with the horse.

Dr McClymont examined Yopia again after it had cooled down, and at the behest of the Stewards this time he gave it an extra-thorough going over, but still the horse showed no signs of any abnormalities or of anything at all being amiss.

The alarm bells should have been ringing.

Chris Bryen should have been hauled back into the room and had the book thrown at him. Improper riding, foul riding, failing to ride horse on its merits, fraud, perjury, and a whole lot more.

The highly able vet said twice that there was nothing wrong with the horse, yet the Stewards for some reason took the word of a rider who has been in strife repeated times  and in their past view extremely economical with the truth – over the findings of the upright and erstwhile community leader Dr McClymont, and didn’t even call for the betting sheets.

Almost two years ago to the day jockey Dale Evans copped a 12 month disqualification for a ride almost identical to Bryen’s, and in exactly the same circumstances where like here: the horse was favourite; the rider claimed he pulled them up because he felt something was amiss; the vet said that was poppycock and the horse was all good.


So why, given this clear and near-identical precedent, did the Stewards take no action at all against a rider who pulled up a favorite for no seeming course.

It couldn’t have been because of the late scratchings could it?

The horses that were pulled out at the last minute because they didn’t have riders?

Surely no-one gulped, then whispered ‘

Gee, there are only ten active riders on the regional list for the next six months, and after we let him ride after his fall jockey McGovern might have to take a week or two off. That leaves just nine. What if we scrub this bloke then someone gets sick or hurt or scrubbed themselves. We’d struggle to put on races. But the big boss wants races. And we won’t get paid if there ain’t any. Holy Moly! Look at the time. We’ve got to get ’em saddled and out for the next race. Let’s go!

.. did they?

Perish the thought.

Once a week part-time bush jockeys just know better than vets, that’s all.




It Seems Animal Welfare Comes Second in the Sunshine State


When a jockey immediately realises that his mount has a physical problem just metres after the start, isn’t there a positive obligation both under the rules of racing and the law to immediately pull the horse up and dismount, so as not to cause further injury?

I believe so, and I am confident that most horse lovers would agree.

So why did Sean Cormack continue to ride a horse named Bradbury for about two kilometres after the start of Race 10 at the Sunshine Coast yesterday afternoon, and why did actions go unpunished?

It is an agreed fact that Cormack felt that Bradbury had an issue just metres after the horse had jumped from the barriers in the Butler McDermott Lawyers Benchmark 65 Handicap run over 1800 metres.

It is also agreed that a post-race veterinary examination found the horse to be sore in the off-foreleg, an ailment possibly caused by the shifting of a plate (a horse shoe).

Cormack may not have known why Bradbury felt wrong in its action – he most likely didn’t – but he did know that something was wrong, and as a result he didn’t apply undue pressure to the horse at any stage of the race. He did however continue to ride it at high speed and complete the race, and I think its a disgrace.

Two horses died on Queensland tracks on the weekend, at a time when thoroughbred racing is in the glare of the spotlight over animal welfare abuses in or connected to the sport.

In times like these it is incumbent on the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to stamp down hard on racing participants that fail to put equine welfare first. After all, the QRIC was created for this express purpose.

The Stewards called Cormack in to explain his ride on Bradbury, but their only interest was in knowing why the jockey didn’t take to his mount with whips and heels and metaphorical spurs to encourage it to race more competitively.

Once Cormack told them about his certainty immediately after the start that Bradbury was suffering from a problem, they wrote the gelding’s trainer out a warning, marked him down as requiring a veterinary certificate prior to starting again, and lost interest.

If this type of negligence and neglect continues, a whole lot of other racing people soon might too.

Editor’s note – I doubt that Romaneque lost it’s near fore in running. Three-legged-horses have trouble standing up, let alone running. I suspect that it might have been a lost plate.


Death on the Track – The Tragic Tale of a Slow Gelding Named Gallopinkas



I’m not quite sure that Gallopinkas was actually swabbed after it competed in the last race at Nanango on Saturday afternoon.

It would have been a good trick, because the horse was dead.

A sick feeling in my guts tells me that it probably shouldn’t have been.

The late Gallopinkas had been fractious behind the barriers prior to the start of Race 6, and had banged into the barriers and dislodged its jockey Melissa Cox. The horse took off, and crashed into the outside rail before being recaptured. I’m not quite sure how far it had run.

After it was caught Gallopinkas was taken back behind the barriers to be examined by the vet Dr Samantha Morrow.

Dr Morrow works at the Nanango Vet Surgery. There are four vets who work out of that practice. Two specialise in working with cattle, one with horses, and another with small animals.

Dr Morrow is the vet who specialises in treating small animals. Cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, animals around that size.

Horses like Gallopinkas are quite a bit larger.

The vet inspected the runaway double crash victim and declared the horse fit to run.

At the 400m mark Gallopinkas blundered badly. The horse that has just minutes before cannoned into the outside rail had broken down in the near shoulder.

He was humanely euthanised.


The swabs were post-mortem samples.

Gallopinkas was the second horse to die on a Queensland race track last weekend.

It is two far too many.

Editor’s note: Queen of Kingston was also euthanised after breaking down in Race 5 at Eagle Farm on Saturday. It had not been inspected by the vet prior to the race, and was not swabbed after.



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.