Peter V’landys was instrumental leading both racing and rugby league through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic and that work has unsurprisingly attracted plenty of attention.
COULD PETER V’LANDYS LEAVE RACING?
I doubt he will leave but it hasn't stopped a massive offer being tabled to have V’landys fly the comfortable nest he has built as the supremo of Racing NSW.
And no, he isn't heading to rugby league full time.
No one at Racing NSW – including the man himself – are talking but I am reliably informed a massive offer that would have taken him around the world to every major sporting event was tabled just prior to the autumn carnival.
I believe what swung the world organisation towards V‘landys was his handling of racing and rugby league during the height of Covid-19 with neither sport slowing down.
V’landys took the approach that sport was needed and if handled correctly there was no reason they shouldn’t continue while other sports couldn’t shut the doors quick enough.
V’landys is a full steam ahead administrator who doesn’t slow down.
And for as many people who love him, there are just as many who dislike him, whether it be for their own personal interests or his bullet a gate approach – but no one can argue that he doesn’t get the job done.
He has said no to the offer this time but conquering the world and having his name up in lights around the globe is enticing.
If the offer was to come again in a few years time, who is to say he wouldn’t throw caution to the wind.
Peter V’landys. Picture: Jonathan NgSource:News Corp Australia
EDWARD HAS THE LAST LAUGH
When Edward Cummings left his training partnership with his dad Anthony a bit over 12 months ago and rented a couple of boxes at Hawkesbury racecourse, I thought he would go broke.
A lot of other people did too, but they are not admitting it these days.
I cannot tell you how happy I am to see Edward prove me wrong and make such a good go of training and win the Group 1 Queensland Oaks on Saturday with Duais.
I know his name is Cummings, but he has done it all on his own and there were plenty of people in the cheap seats waiting to scoff if he failed.
He’s succeeded in double quick time and the sky is now the limit.
Well done young man.
I know Ed’s mum and dad, Bernadette and Anthony, are particularly chuffed with how he has succeeded and Bart’s definitely upstairs smiling down with pride.
The Oaks itself was a domination from Duais, which was having her first start for seven weeks.
Hugh Bowman took her straight back to last from the start, obviously hoping for a dash to the first turn to ensure there was pace in the race.
He got that and he also got an added bonus down the back straight when Glen Boss took off on the bolter Ruru and kept the speed on.
Everything then went according to script. Well done Duais, well done Hugh Bowman and particularly well done Edward Cummings.
Duais storms home to win the Queensland Oaks for @edancue with Hugh Bowman in the saddle at @BrisRacingClub Eagle Farm! pic.twitter.com/hvVsLjB23u
HAWKESBURY LEADING THE WAY
Hawkesbury is close enough to the city to almost be called a metropolitan track and the big mail from out west is things are only going to get better.
In a bonus for the hard working strappers that work long hours, I hear the board have approved a meal allowance offering food and drink at their meetings.
Race clubs need field sizes and Hawkesbury have been tossing around different promotional ideas recently.
The latest is to use the corporate suite overlooking the track for 20 people, awarding it to the trainer that has the most starters at the track each season.
Don’t panic Brad Widdup and other Hawkesbury trainers, there is also the same offer on the table for the locals.
I spoke with CEO Ken Rutherford over the weekend and the amount of equipment the club is buying, it won’t be long before Hawkesbury will be the go to place to train and have a runner.
“I spoke with one of the directors a little while ago about what stables would love to have at Hawkesbury and it’s so exciting to have a club listen and then act on your advice,” Paul Snowden told me this week.
“We have had a lot of luck at Hawkesbury and I am sure we will continue to patronise it.”
Race 8 – Evergreen Turf Class 1 Handicap 1000m
Congratulations to @SnowdenRacing1, @TommyBerry21 and owners. pic.twitter.com/bgfdSMyw3l
CHAMPAGNE NEEDS MORE BUBBLES
I have been looking over the Sydney autumn carnival and I think one of the races we should build on is the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).
At the moment the Champagne lags a long way behind the Golden Slipper in publicity and build-up. It is also behind the Sires’ Produce Stakes.
It has been written many times that the post race records of recent Slipper winners is, in the main, deplorable.
I think if we made the Champagne a more important race and catered for young horses with some stamina in their pedigrees, we would find it would become a race that sets young horses on a path to stardom.
We need to throw more prizemoney at the Champagne and give it more of a build up and then stoutly bred young horses would be setting it as a goal and the race would not just attract horses that missed out in the Slipper.
I would be interested to hear other thoughts on this.
CAPTIVANT takes out the G1 Champagne Stakes for @mcacajamez & @SnowdenRacing1 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ruQDiBsy7L
LONHRO A STEPPING STONE FOR ALLARD
It was good to see Lonhro’s old strapper Grant Allard lead in a city winner with Majestic Shot at Rosehill.
The Shooting To Win filly has won five from seven and she is just getting started.
Allard, who does well with a small team, also won a race at Muswellbrook on Sunday with Goofy Mick.
Majestic Shot wins the last at @rosehillgardens for trainer Grant Allard and jockey Reece Jones. pic.twitter.com/RY6WZhL5GO
INVINCIBLE WILL BUY HER OWN CAVIAR
I bet the comparisons with mum for Black Caviar’s daughter Invincible Caviar are driving Peter Moody mad.
Invincible Caviar ran third in her debut at Flemington on Saturday after leading to the final 150m.
Let’s keep a lid on it. The filly is no Black Caviar but how many horses run a place in a Saturday race at Flemington at their first start?
I’d like to own her.
Argentia…a filly with a bright future! 😎pic.twitter.com/xv85hcyDWQ
IMPORTS LOVING IT DOWN UNDER
Three of Chris Waller’s five winners at Rosehill were imports.
Wicklow, Great House and Mubariz all started their careers on the other side of the world.
Who has the biggest future of the three? I would say Great House, but all three are on the up and will win their share of the prizemoney.
Wicklow salutes to win the third at @rosehillgardens for @cwallerracing with @brentonavdulla in the saddle. pic.twitter.com/QlPTwtyhTR
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
When a horse runs in a 2500m race at Flemington having his first start for 22 months and runs fourth out of six, it doesn’t attract much notice.
But let me tell you Social Element – who did just that on Saturday – will win a jumps race very soon.
Social Element, already a Warrnambool hurdle winner, is trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, and although the winner Grand Promenade was in a race of his own, Social Element was coming back hard at the two minor placegetters, Vividredsky and Smokin’ Pierro over the final 100m.
Don’t forget him.
The favourite bolts in at @FlemingtonVRC and gives @jamieleekah07 her 90th metropolitan win for the season. 👌 @cmaherracingpic.twitter.com/KEtcEIQ0hp
WIN OF THE DAY, MORE TO COME
If it wasn’t a Group 1 day the win of Incentivise in the first race at Eagle Farm on Saturday would have had the pundits raving.
Incentivise, by the emerging stallion Shamus Award (also the sire of the Oaks winner Duais), won an 1810m Benchmark 80 race by nine lengths.
Horses just don’t win Saturday races by nine lengths and Incentivise not only won but had to take off and go to the lead after about 400m when he looked like being trapped deep.
He’s now won his last four starts and he will win plenty more.
What a win! Incentivise storms home to win the first at Eagle Farm @BrisRacingClub for trainer Steve Tregea. pic.twitter.com/wPNeOCNeNF
SAM GIVES RIVALS A CLIP
The ride of the day at Rosehill had to go to Sam Clipperton on Shadow Crush.
This bloke hasn’t forgotten how to ride, although you might think so if you judged it on the amount of decent rides he has been getting.
Great win for @mark_mnracing with Shadow Crush at @rosehillgardens! pic.twitter.com/slCDqlj7y5
GREAT PROMOTION & I WILL BE BACK
I don’t want to harp on how much I enjoyed the Moree Picnic Race day a few weeks back but it was a cracking day only bettered by the highlights of the day published on YouTube.
Race clubs around the country spend millions on marketing to get people to the track.
Have a look at the Moree Picnic races video on a budget you could buy a McDonalds Happy Meal with and tell this isn’t outstanding and you don’t want to go next year.
I will be there.
– Did a larger than life trainer get offered a ‘seniors’ discount at the footy recently? He wasn’t happy as he is a long way from being a senior but he accepted the cheaper price with a smile.
– A jockey’s little swipe at a trainer in a recent post race interview didn’t go unnoticed and is sure to cost the hoop future rides. Most didn’t even know he was having a sly crack so it was a waste anyway.
– Which former footballer from the Souths Sydney suburbs turned racing entrepreneur has been looking at real estate overlooking the eastern suburbs beaches? He must have found a winner or two recently.
BLACKBOOKERS – A WIN IS COMING
TYCOONIST – This three-year-old is low flying and has been stiff not to win a race or two this preparation on unsuitable surfaces. If the gap had come last weekend he would have given the winner a cold instead he was held up till the race was over. Stick with him.
[email protected] rides his second win of the day on Oscar Zulu for @cwallerracing at @rosehillgardenspic.twitter.com/HURluusvOS
BETHENCOURT – He was beaten last week as favourite but I am sticking with him. He was ridden on-pace last week which I don’t think suited so when he gets the chance to chase he can win again.
Jason Collett takes the inside run and shoots through on Jungle Book for partner @ClareCRacing to win the sixth event at Warwick Farm! @aus_turf_clubpic.twitter.com/EAvorGskNl
BAGLIONI – He started at triple figures on the weekend and is only rated a Benchmark 61, so look out if Greg Eurell drops him back in grade. The winner got the run he wanted at Flemington and it then took him a while to pick up but he was very good late.
Now there's a ride! @daniel_moor weaves a passage through aboard Foxy Frida. pic.twitter.com/qDXatJTBJk
Originally published asV’landys is a wanted man
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