Jo McKinnon Column

Local victory delights Gundagai boy Manton

Having grown up in Gundagai, NSW, Sky Racing presenter Anthony Manton is a country lad through and through and he’s passionate about racing in the bush. So much so that not only does the 39-year-old spend up to 20 hours a week in his car driving to thoroughbred meetings around the southern region of NSW... Read More

Wild celebrations at Waikato after memorable day

Social media lit up with epic scenes of celebration at Waikato Stud after I Wish I Win (Savabeel) landed the $10 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on Saturday. Mark Chittick, the principal of the leading New Zealand thoroughbred nursery was hosting a Derby Day party for friends, family, and staff at the farm, and soon... Read More

The Everest hits new heights

Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing But then I know it’s growing strong Was in the spring And spring became the summer Who’d have believed you’d come along…. Those are the words of the first verse of Neil Diamond’s hit song ‘Sweet Caroline’ and how fitting was it that this iconic tune should... Read More

Double celebration for Cooper at Guineas meeting

Ben Cooper, the founder and owner of emerging boutique thoroughbred nursery Merricks Station, had two causes for celebration at Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas meeting. When Golden Mile (Astern) crossed the line in the three-year-old classic, the value of one of his broodmares, Calverite (Lonhro), skyrocketed. Less than six months ago, Cooper purchased her from Godolphin for... Read More

A Life Less Ordinary

Life Less Ordinary (Thewayyouare) has lived a far from ordinary life. Born in Ireland and sold at the Tattersalls sales for 100,000gns, the big brown gelding made his way to Australia and the stables of champion trainer Chris Waller. Raced by a syndicate headed up by Richard Pegum, the now ten-year-old enjoyed what you could... Read More

Extraordinary story continues with Alligator Blood

After Alligator Blood’s (All Too Hard) win in the Underwood Stakes (Gr 1, 1800m), Adrian Bott described him as having had a “colourful career”. He’s not wrong about that! And yesterday’s result added another twist to the tale of the horse they call ‘Al”.  Alligator Blood’s jockey Tim Clark was wearing the racing colours of... Read More