Murrihy keeping close eye on riders but but new whip rule starts without fuss

New rules: chief steward Ray Murrihy was still keeping a close eye on jockeys’ use of the whip. Photo: Damian WhiteThe first week of the new whip rules has passed without much fuss, but chief steward Ray Murrihy was still keeping a close eye on jockeys’ use of the persuader.

He called Blake Shinn in for a chat about his use of the whip on Hogmanay at Canterbury on Wednesday.

“We just want to show this to let you get an understanding of how we are looking at the rule,” Murrihy said to Shinn.

“You give it a couple to get going on the turn and we don’t want to take that away from you, but we don’t want it to become your new style. As a whole we have been very pleased with how everyone has adjusted in the first couple of days, but we want to inform you how we are thinking with the rule.”

The restriction to five strikes with the whip will have a grey area. “We don’t want jockeys giving a horse one to get it going at the start and worrying about only having four hits left,” Murrihy said. “There has to be common sense on both sides though.”


The Melbourne Cup met the Stonehaven Cup at Randwick on Saturday with jockey Michelle Payne and golfer Matt Jones showing off the spoils of victory.

The pair posed for pictures together, before Payne signed autographs for punters, who had come to see the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup. The appearance of Payne and her brother Stevie, Prince Of Penzance’s strapper, helped inflate Randwick’s crowd beyond 10,000 for the day.

Cup star: Melbourne Cup winners Michelle Payne and brother Stevie made an appearance at Randwick yesterday. Photo: bradleyphotos


Perfect Reflection remains unbeaten after holding on  by the smallest margin from stablemate Delicacy to win the final group 1 of the year, the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday.

It vindicated the choice of champion jockey William Pike, who decided to ride the three-year-old filly against the older horses at weight-for-age over Delicacy.

Pike had to be at his best to hold her and pushed his hands right up Perfect Reflection’s neck in a driving finish.

“I don’t get it right too often, so that’s one for me,” Pike said. “She’s definitely the best filly I have ridden.”  Perfect Reflection  had sat back in the field but coming to the turn Pike started his winning surge with Delicacy following him through. At the 200 metres it was obvious Delicacy was going to have the last crack at Perfect Reflection  as they spaced their rivals.

“I went too early but she was bolting,” Pike said. “She waited a bit in front. She had plenty to offer but it wasn’t until the other one came into eye line that she began to fight and we nearly got caught.”


Adam Hyeronimus only lobbed down the road for one ride at Randwick on Saturday – but it was more than worth it. The man who seemingly holds all the keys to Gai Waterhouse’s Caped Crusader – unbeaten now in three starts at Randwick – led them up and fought off a late challenge from Mary Lou.

“I think I’ve only been beaten on him once,” Hyeronimus said. “He’s a good horse and the last time I won on him I couldn’t believe the sectionals they let me go – I thought they were kidding themselves. He’s a typical Gai Waterhouse and if they get a breather through the middle stages they’re very hard to run down.”


Told he might have to make a choice between the Randwick Guineas and Australian Guineas, Chris Waller laughed: “That’s a good idea”. But what he is deadly serious about is how much potential the lightly-raced Torgersen boasts after Jason Collett arrived on him for a last-stride win over the resuming Tarquin at Randwick on Saturday.

“It’s easy to talk them up on race day, but he’s got a bright future,” Waller said. “He’s going to be one of the good milers of years to come. You just can’t underestimate the three-year-olds in the autumn. Just like winter form from Queensland it can surprise you and they can measure up against the best horses.”


Kody Nestor will be the last of the five jockeys involved in the horrific Mudgee Cup fall to leave hospital as the quintet continue to recover from their injuries. Nestor was flown to Orange Base Hospital on Friday with a badly dislocated and fractured left shoulder and is booked to see Racing NSW’s Dr David Duckworth during the week.

He is expected to be discharged on Sunday. Jay Ford (broken hand), Aaron Bullock (fractured collarbone in three places) and Greg Ryan (soreness and concussion) were all discharged from a Mudgee hospital on Friday night. Glenn Lynch (broken foot) left hospital on Saturday morning.


Gosford trainer Kylie Gavenlock had the tyres on her horse flat slashed – including the spares – after a controversial week on the Central Coast. Local trainers have rallied against mooted changes to close down training at the facility. No other floats or cars were targeted.


The start to Brisbane’s State of Origin jockeys’ series was thrown into confusion when Queensland’s Glen Boss won the race but failed to earn points for his side. Boss was originally listed to ride Legendary Luke in the Origin Series Heat 1 at Doomben on Saturday, but it was scratched.

However, Boss got a ride on Honey Holt ($8.50) when Paul Hammersley was sick and then brought her from second last to score an impressive victory.

Boss gave an equally impressive salute to the crowd but under the rules of the series, points could only be scored on the original mounts drawn by riders. Racing Queensland officials met after the race before confirming Boss’ win would not count towards the series.

Several betting agencies had set markets on the series on the basis of the original rides. New Zealand’s Danielle Johnson earned eight points for finishing second on Hesitation, Tye Angland (NSW) got three for finishing third on Cocoa Bar while Craig Williams (Victoria) got one for a fourth on Watling.

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