Commentary | A cup meet cancelled, greyhound ban backflips and more in Racing ‘round the ridges

Never heard of this happening before. Last week the Cranbourne Cup meeting was called off after the first race because of the gale force winds.

After Verstappen ridden by Craig Williams won the opening event jockeys who rode in the race expressed concerns about the conditions.

As horses and jockeys were circling behind the barriers before the second race the winds grew stronger and it was actually lifting the gates off the ground during the gusts.

Jockeys took a vote and decided conditions were unsafe and returned to the enclosure. There were suggestions to wait until later in the afternoon but Vets were worried about the horses tied up in stalls.

As the weather bureau had announced gusts would be around 100km per hour later in the day Stewards decided to abandon the meeting.

Once again the leadership of Racing NSW chief executive officer Peter V'landys came to the fore as the lengthy stretch of wet weather and storm damage saw around 13 race meetings abandoned in the Southern Districts and Western Regions of NSW.

As reports filtered in that around 400 horses trained in those areas had missed a start over the previous one and a half months, Peter quickly announced that as the insurance claims could take time to be processed.

Racing NSW would be providing a package of around $500,000 to assist with recovery from the storm damage to a trainers property.

In addition there would be extra races programmed to make more prize money available.

NSW Trainers Association President Glenn Burge was reported as saying the package would be a huge help to trainers, owners and jockeys experiencing financial hardship.

Bet you never thought a pollie would say this “I got it wrong. The Cabinet got it wrong. The government got it wrong.”

These were the words of NSW Premier Mike Baird as he performed a backflip on his decision that greyhound racing would be banned next year (his approval rating had slipped from 60 per cent to 40 per cent).

However reports are saying some extremely strict conditions will be imposed including $1500 bond for every dog bred in NSW, capping breeding to 2000 pups and reducing the number of races and the number of greyhound tracks.

Promise we won’t try and tip you into one for the Melbourne spring carnival but reports are saying Chris Waller has a colt called Comin Through by Fastnet Rock out of Mica Pride which makes him a half brother to Criterion and has been set for the Carbine Stakes on Derby day.

Could the Cobalt Saga claim another casualty?

Reports are saying Racing Victoria’s CEO David Moody has stood aside while an investigation is conducted into a claim that David had informed Peter Moody (who had just received notification of a pending cobalt charge) that trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh also had been advised of positive swabs.

Knowing the racing game the Cobalt stories would have spread like wild fire and to investigate a simple phone call over a bit of gossip seems like a payback for some comments made at a charity fund raising evening a month or so ago.

Racing Victoria desperately need people with the talents of David Moody so let’s hope common sense will prevail.

A kid asks his mother, “How were people born?"

His mother said, "Adam and Eve made babies then their babies grew up and made babies and so on.”

The kid asked his father the same question.

He said, “We were monkeys, then we evolved to become where we are now.”

The kid runs back to his mother and said, “You lied to me.”

His mother replied, “No, your father was talking about his side of the family.”

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