Inside Racing | Hyland a Hall of Fame chance

11-07-2018 by admin

TOP CAREER: Port Fairy-born Pat Hyland, a jockey-turned-trainer, could find himself in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

PORT Fairy-born Pat Hyland is a short-priced favourite to berewarded for his racing achievements when the Australian Racing Hall of Fame announces its 2016 inductees on Tuesday.

Hyland should join his old mate, the late great trainer Jim Moloney who was inducted last year, alongside other racing greats Bart Cummings, Tommy Smith, Colin Hayes and Scobie Breasley receiving the highest accolade in the sport.

The Hall of Fame, now its 16th year, is the Australian racing industry’s highest honour and acknowledges the heroes of the turf, both equine and human, who have achieved greatness throughout their careers.

This year four horses, two trainers, two jockeys and two associates will be inducted.

Hyland, a former student at Port Fairy’sSt Patrick’s Primary School,rode more than 2300 winners, including the ‘big four’ of the Australian turf – the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper – as well as a host of other feature races before retiring from the saddle in 1991.

He began a successful training career after hanging up his saddle.

An official ceremony for the 2016 inductees will take place in Adelaide on Friday night. The deeds of all Hall of Fame members will be celebrated at all metropolitan race meetings across Australia on Saturday.

Ring-in rememberedAMAZING it’s 44 years since the famous ring-in at Casterton.

Rick Renzella pulled off the most audacious coup ever attempted in the racing game by ringing-in the crack sprinter Regal Vista for the bumble-footed Royal School in the Muntham Handicap.

The coup netted Renzella $33,570 but it also led to him being sentenced to two years’ jail after a criminal trial.

Prizemoney for the 1200-metre sprint race was $520 with $325 going to the winner. Hamilton-trained Apex Star was the favourite for the Muntham following wins at Hamilton and Warrnambool in 1000-metre races. The Jack Barling-trained galloper would have been an odds-on chance if not for the heavy money for Royal School. Punters who backed Royal School on the tote picked up $3.80 for a 50 cent investment but those lucky enough to snare the daily double – Gay Demand in the Casterton Cup into Royal School – got $111.90 for a 50 cent piece. An off-the-cuff remark from Royal School’s jockey Stephen Wood that he was glad the race was over and that he would get $4000 for his troubles led to one of Australia’s most sensational racing enquiries.

Beach helpWORKING on the beach assisted Crossley-trained galloper Kapha to win his maiden at Donald on Saturday, according to veteran trainer Quinton Scott.

Kapha defeated Lechter and Yarrayne Lass in the 1002-metre maiden.

Scott said the three-year-old had strengthened up following work on the beach.

“The beach work has turned him around,” the veteran trainer said. “We got balloted out of Mount Gambier last Thursday so we had no other option but to run at Donald.

“It was a tougher race at Donald but he won well. I thought he ran allright at Warrnambool but we’ve been doing a lot of beach work with him and it’s done the trick.”

Scott said Kapha was still a baby.

“He’s taken time to develop,” he said. “We’ll just keep him to races over the shorter distances at this stage. We’ve got no big ambitious plans for him. We’ll just give him time to mature. Apprentice jockey Melissa Julius rode him very well.”

Kapha had four other starts before winning his maiden.

Happy hunting groundBIG Reel kept up his good record at the Geelong synthetic track when he defeated Crystal Dreamer and Tizso Wicked in a benchmark 64 race last week.

The win was Big Reel’s second from two starts on the synthetic surface. Warrnambool trainer Merv McKenzie said he wouldnow set Big Reel for another race at the track on June 2.

“Big Reel seems to love the synthetic surface,” McKenzie said. “Big Reel has had a lot of injury problems during his career. We’ve given him a long slow preparation and it seems to have worked.”

Plans haltedHEAVY rain in Warrnambool last week took a toll on works which are underway for Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir at the racecourse.

Weir is building a new stabling complex which will house 40 horses but the workers had to down their tools following constant rain, according to his stable foreman Jarrod McLean.

“We were hoping at one stage the new complex may have been finished towards the end of May but that’s changed due to the bad weather,” McLean said. “We’re now looking at having the stables ready in June. We’ve got six horses there but there’s still a lot of work to be done before its finished.”

BreakthroughCAMPERDOWN trainer Dennis Daffy believes immaturity has cost his galloper Day In Court victories before he scored his maiden win at Mount Gambier last Thursday.

Day In Court won his maiden at his 21st race start.

“He’s just been a very slow maturing horse who has kept on finding trouble in his races,” Daffy said. “He should have his maiden before this. He’s been a handful of a horse. I’m lucky that I’ve got my granddaughter Harriet helping me out. Day In Court is a tough type of horse who needs lots of work. We’ll step him up in distance which I reckon he should appreciate.”

New challengeCIARON Maher will lift the bar for his filly Gingie following her impressive victory in fillies company at Caulfield on Saturday.Gingie’s win in the 1400-metre race is her third from her last four starts.

“She got in well with the claim for apprentice jockey Ben Allen,” Maher said.

“I thought she would be competitive after her trackwork on Tuesday morning. We’ll just lift the bar again and see what she can produce.”

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