Racing around the ridges

According to reports, the “Red Hots” are at it again.

 Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barrett has announced Warwick trainer/driver Dayl March was arrested last week and charged with alleged race fixing. The charge applies to a race at Albion Park last November 12. Mr March will reappear in Court in Brisbane on May 10.

Another trainer/driver Bart Cockburn has also been charged with race fixing on November 12. It will be interesting when the claims come to Court as apparently results will show neither driver won the race. It will be alleged Mr Cockburn was also involved in three other “fixing” attempts. Barrett reportedly said the alleged “Fix” did not always mean the accused drivers were trying to win. Mr Barrett also said there would be a number of other people interviewed over coming weeks. Could be a few sleepless nights as Det Jon Waker warned the maximum sentence is a 10-years.

Sometimes we forget just how dangerous a jockey’s life can be. Country jockey Darren Jones lost his life in a horrific three horse fall at Warialda last week. Darren was a very popular person in the industry. He was the North-West NSW representative on the NSW Jockey’s Association. Another jockey involved in the fall was apprentice jockey Melani Bolwell who is at present in the Gold Coast hospital with bleeding on the brain Everyone’s prayers go out to Melani and her family..

Over the years New Zealand trainer Murray Baker just keeps producing good three year-olds that he brings to the big carnivals and most times heads home with plenty of cash. It was no different at this year’s Championships. He arrived with a colt called Jon Snow who after a warm-up win in the Tulloch stakes saluted in the $2m Australian Derby and on Saturday. Arrived here with a filly named Bonneval who had won the New Zealand Oaks before leaving New Zealand. Punters who backed her had heart palpations on the turn. She was giving the leaders about 20 lengths start but once Hugh Bowman put the pressure on she swamped the leaders and won the $1 million Oaks with a leg in the air. Write her name down for the spring .At the moment she is a class above Australia’s staying three year-old fillies.

The best filly at the moment in Chris Waller’s stable is little grey Foxplay but Chris has always maintained Omi Sword is better. Lots of things went wrong this prep but she will atone next time in.

This was voted the best Scottish Joke of 2016. A bloke walks into a Glasgow Library and says to the Librarian “Excuse  me Miss, do ye have any books on suicide?” The Librarian stops her typing, looks at him over the top of her glasses and says,  “ Buzz off Ye’ll no bring it back”